Drua squad for semis named

Drua winger Joeli Lutumailagi on attack against Queensland Country in the NRC at Lawaqa park .Picture:ATU RASEA

FIJI Airways Fijian Drua Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula knows his young side head into Sunday’s semi-final clash against the Canberra Vikings as the under dogs, but is confident his 23 man squad, will bring everything they’ve got to the contest.

Whilst only minor changes to the side that overcame QLD Country in Sigatoka last week, 13 players will experience their first NRC final series.

Seruvakula said “This week’s game against Canberra) is a totally different ball game.”

“We are taking one of the youngest teams in the competition and will carry the underdog tag against a tough opponent in the Vikings.

“This Drua team is still a development squad as we have been filling in the vacuum left by our experienced players, but they’ve got plenty of fight in them.

“I have trust in this set of players, they have done the job this year by reaching the last four and I hope we can maintain our performance in the weekend” said Seruvakula.

No major changes to the forward pack for the Drua with Ulaiasi Lawavou in at 6 replacing Filimoni Seru who received a three match suspension following a late challenge against Qld Country.

In the backs, Juita Wainiqolo shifts to left wing with Levani Kurimudu on the right. Caleb Muntz gets his biggest start at full-back replacing Apisalome Waqatabu, who is unavailable for the match.

Peni Matawalu, who was concussed in a try saving tackle at Lawaqa Park last week, has been declared fit and will partner Enele Malele at the halves while Serupepeli Vularika and Cyril Reece maintain their midfield combination.

Exciting try scorer Nacaniela Narekuva returns to the squad at 23.

Seruvakula said the Vikings will come out all guns blazing at home.

“We need to be very careful on our approach, the players need to do the basics right, capitalize on the chances given and have discipline for the whole 80 minutes” he said.

The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua faces Canberra Vikings  4pm on Sunday at Viking Park, Canberra, Australia.

Fijian Drua Team vs Canberra Vikings

1. Joeli Veitayaki
2. Tevita Ikanivere
3. Penijamini Makutu
4. Tevita Naqali
5. Peni Naulago
6. Ulaiasi Lawavou
7. Johnny Dyer
8. Eremasi Radrodro
9. Peni Matawalu
10. Enele Malele
11. Juita Wainiqolo
12. Serupepeli Vularika
13. Cyril Reece
14. Levani Kurumudu
15. Caleb Muntz

Reserves

16. Ratunaisa Navuma
17. Timoci Sauvoli
18. Jone Koroi
19. Epeli Radaniva
20. Rusiate Nasove
21. Osea Waqa
22. Ifereimi Tovilevu
23. Nacanieli Narekuva

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