6 October, 2018, 10:56 am
THE Fiji Airways team is not worried about the strength of the Brumbies-laced Canberra Vikings team in the penultimate round robin of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) fixture at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon.
The Fijians’ main focus is to maintain their lead in the competition and secure a home semi-final. The Vikings boast a host of Brumbies players who participate in the Super Rugby competition including Wallaby Rory Arnold.
Drua captain Mosese Voka said it would be a must win game for them as they wanted to maintain their number one status on the points table.
Voka said the boys were geared up for the match here at home. “We are not worrying about the strength of the opposition,” he said.
“We have got a game plan that we hope to execute well. We want to get our set-piece right. If we play our cards right, we will come out on top.
“It is a big boost for the boys because they will be playing in front of our home fans and a win will be a huge step ahead to hosting a home semi-final.”
Both Fiji Drua and Canberra Vikings have only lost one of five matches in the competition.
Voka said their lead-up into the semi-finals was impressive. “The boys have put in a lot of hard work,” he said.
“We have been training together for nearly two months. They have put a lot of effort both on and off the field. There is great team bonding and it has motivated the boys to go that extra mile.”
Meanwhile Fiji Drua coach Senirusi Serevakula has made minimal changes to the squad that played against New South Wales Country Eagles last week.
Peni Naulago returns to the second row and Cyril Reece goes into the centres.
Young Flying Fijian Veremalua Vugakoto returns to the squad at number 16 and Enele Malele resumes his place after overcoming an ankle injury.
Seruvakula has instructed the players to start strong and be patient to grind the opposition down. “We need to start well against Canberra” he said.
“We have to be physical and hard in our defence and place them under pressure.”
The match will kick off at 3pm. Tickets: $10 (grandstand), $5 (embankment), children U12 free.
Fiji Drua: Joeli Veitayaki, Mesulame Dolokoto, Alifereti Rabukawaqa, Peni Naulago, Albert Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Jone Navori, Eremasi Radrodro, Frank Lomani, Alivereti Veitokani, Aporosa Tabulawaki, Cyril Reece, Avete Daveta, Levani Kurumudu, Apisalome Waqatabu. Reserves: Veremalua Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi, Luke Tagi, Tevita Naqali, Johnny Dyer, Serupepeli Vularika, Enele Malele, Peni Raidre.