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Fijians ready

Arin Kumar
Friday, June 20, 2014

VODAFONE Flying Fijians forward Leone Nakarawa is eager to repeat the performance that helped Fiji beat Tonga 45-17 last week in Lautoka.

Tomorrow, Fiji lock horns with Manu Samoa in another Pacific Nations Cup fixture at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The match would determine if Fiji would be able to successfully retain the PNC title or no.

Nakarawa said he remembered how he played against Tonga and that he enjoyed the game.

He said he would do better because Samoa would be tougher than Tonga and Italy.

"The games against Italy and Tonga are in the past and now we are focused on playing Samoa," the former national sevens rep said.

"Samoa would be different compared to Tonga and Italy and we need to be as best prepared as possible."

He said the team would need to put a combined effort against Samoa and he would need to lift his performance against Samoa.

"It would be a difficult and physical battle against Samoa so we would need to be very prepared for that.

"We need to believe in ourselves. They (Samoans) are very tough and I know the way their players play and I will do my best when I am on the ground against them."

The 26-year-old has retained his spot on the starting line-up for the match.

Meanwhile, coach John McKee has made four changes to the starting line-up that thrashed Tonga last week.

Nemani Nagusa replaces captain Akapusi Qera who has moved to the flankers position in place of Malakai Ravulo who is now on the bench.

Veteran Sireli Bobo replaces Watisoni Votu on the left wing while Napolioni Nalaga comes in on the right.

Waikato Chiefs flyer Asaeli Tikoirotuma replaces Adiu Delai at outside centre while former Fiji sevens star Metuisela Talebula replaces Timoci Nagusa at fullback.

Suva prop Leroy Atalifo could earn his first cap for Fiji when he comes off the bench. He replaces Isei Colati who is ruled out because of injury.

Isoa Donaldson is also named on the bench.

Fiji: Campese Ma'afu, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Manasa Saulo, Api Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dom Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (captain), Nemani Nagusa, Nikola Matawalu, Jonetani Ralulu, Sireli Bobo, Nemani Nadolo, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Napolioni Nalaga, Metuisela Talebula

Reserves: Sunia Koto, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Leroy Atalifo, Warme Lewaravu, Malakai Ravulo, Nemia Kenatale, Watisoni Votu, Isoa Donaldson


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