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Vetaukula the man to watch

Maciu Malo
Thursday, June 19, 2014

NIPPY playmaker Jo Vetaukula will be the man to watch for Saru Dragons rugby league team in their Vodafone Cup battle against Burenitu Cowboys at the Ra High School ground on Saturday.

The former Red Rock 7s player, who scooped the top rugby league awards in the Cook Islands last month, was instrumental for the Dragons in their 34-12 win against Nabua Broncos last weekend.

Vetaukula returned from the Cook Islands with the best players award and top points scorer award that enabled his Matarerega Tupapa Panthers team to win the Cook Islands Rugby League competition.

He fitted in well in the Dragon's outfit last weekend and is expected to play a commanding role for the Dragons in their attempt to dethrone the Cowboys on their home turf.

Dragon's team official Lagilagi Golea said the experience and class of Vetaukula would be an asset for the Lautoka-based team.

"Jo brings wealth of experience and has fitted well in the team," he said.

"He will be handful for the Cowboys this weekend as the team hopes to maintain their lead in the Vodafone Cup competition points table."

Vetaukula will be ably supported by his fellow Cook Islands rugby league-based teammates in Seruvi Ralulu and Aminiasi Yaroi in their quest to beat the Cowboys.

The side will also unleash former Fiji Bati forward Tikiko Noke as the battering ram in the forwards on Saturday.

The Dragons lead the Vodafone Cup points table with four wins out of five games.

The side has defeated Sabeto Roosters, Police Sharks, Makoi Bulldogs and Nabua Broncos and lost to Nadera Panthers this season.

Golea said the side was targeting to win the Vodafone Cup this year after losing to Sabeto Roosters in last year's grand final.


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