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Nadi Aviators ready for Melanesian Cup challenge

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, February 23, 2018

THE Snax Nadi Aviators will be using the Melanesian Cup challenge match against the Lae Snax Tigers tomorrow to set the platform for the 2018 Vodafone Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) competition.

The Aviators will clash with the Tigers at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It will be a repeat of the Melanesian Cup battle which was held at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last year.

The Tigers triumphed in that encounter, hammering the Aviators 40-4.

The Aviators squad members were presented with their travelling kits at the Grand Melanesian Hotel on Wednesday.

Nadi Aviators president Joe Gray said their aim was to lift their performance from last year. Gray said they had great respect for the Tigers.

"They have a wealth of experience and depth in their squad," he said.

"They certainly baptised us last year. This time around we have to lift our performance. Having said that, playing away in Papua New Guinea will be an uphill battle. The boys have been training for two weeks and are ready for the challenge."

Ravoravo Rabbitohs captain Josateki Savou will skipper the Aviators.

Snax Nadi Aviators: Vereti Bukavesi (Nadi Eels), Maciu Kalou (Nadi Eels), Waisea Nasekai (Sabeto Rooster), Atueta Daulaca (Ravoravo Rabbitohs), Isimeli Vatanitawake (West Coast Storm), Kavekini Varo (Navatulevu Herons), Iona Varumusu (Nadi Eels), Josateki Savou (Ravoravo Rabbitohs), Josua Rokonavutoro (Sabeto Roosters), Sikeli Qauqau (Navatulevu Herons), Savenaca Saukuru (Sabeto Roosters), Atonio Tagicaki (Nadi Eels), Viliame Vuki (Sabeto Roosters), Rusiate Neikini (Navatulevu Herons), Joeli Nataki (Nadi Eels), Sunia Vosikata (Nadi Eels), Maika Serulevu (Nadi Eels), Maikeli Sivo (Nadi Eels).

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