Battle plan: Fijians to use Suva weather to their advantage

Fiji Drua skipper Mosese Voka leads the charge during a training session in Suva. Picture: FT FILE/JONA KONATACI

FIJI Airways Drua skipper Mosese Voka will today use the rugby adage “how we win the game shows something about our character,” while hosting New South Wales (NSW) Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

To keep the points table lead in round five this weekend, and to outwit the Aussies here at home, Voka’s leadership will be challenged.

While the Aussies will have the edge on resources and experience, the Fijian skipper knows exactly how to put them down here at home.

“With this weather we will make use of the breeze to boost our attacks during the match,” Voka said.

The hosts will bank on the easterlies blowing across Laucala Bay in what is expected as rugby under overcast conditions.

It will help the strong line-up named by coach Senirusi Seruvakula with Voka leading the loosies alongside his flanker pair, Jone Navori and last man down Eremasi Radrodro.

The backline has some of the best explosive runners in the competition with Serupepeli Vularika at halfback, NRC Rising Star award nominee and former Fiji 7s rep Alivereti Veitokani at playmaker and wingers Aporosa Tabulawaki and Levani Kurumudu.

And if the easterlies works in Fiji’s favour, fullback Apisalome Waqatabu will have no problem in splitting the uprights.

“It will be a tough match against the Eagles, but we have improved our set pieces. We have some new players and I know they will deliver. We will lift the standard of play from last week.”

Waqatabu, Voka, and reserves Filimoni Seru, prop Joeli Veitayaki, Ratunaisa Navuma and Eroni Mawi are survivors from the team that met the Eagles last year.

The Drua team has home advantage and better performance statistics from the past three rounds.

The full-time score could reflect how rugby is played under today’s weather situation and the skippers’ character in leading their teams on the field.

The Fiji Drua plays NSW Country Eagles at 3pm at the ANZ Stadium.

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