Team battle

Apisalome Waqatabua (front) with his other team mates during training at International School grounds in Nadi last week. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE battle to secure a spot in the Fiji Airways Drua side for the game against Queensland Country in Australia this weekend will be intense, says head coach Senirusi Seruvakula.

He said of the 30 players in camp only 26 would travel to Australia and the players knew the expectation required of them. Seruvakula said selecting the team for the next round of NRC would be tough as all players had been impressive at training. “The battle among the boys at training has been tough because all players have been working hard,” he said.

“The performance of the team in the recent games was evident to the good competition among the players for a spot in the 26-member team.

“We are working on our set pieces today (yesterday) and will also review our games from last week then we will look at injuries before the team is selected.”

Some of the players who are expected to maintain their spots in the run-on team are Alivereti Veitokani, Frank Lomani, Cyril Reece, Levani Kurumudu, Apisalome Waqatabu, Mosese Voka, Eremasi Radrodro, Peni Raidre, Ratunaisa Naruma, Joeli Veitayaki and Mosese Ducivaki.

Seruvakula said the target was to maintain the consistency for the players to give their best throughout the game.

The Fiji Airways Drua is leading the NRC points table after two rounds of competition.

The Drua lost in the semis of the competition last year. Queensland Country is the defending champion of the NRC.

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