Nadro makes team changes
29 July, 2017, 12:00 am
NADROGA coach Esala Nauga has made some positional changes in his bid to successfully defend the HFC Bank Farebrother Sullivan trophy against a powerful Suva side this afternoon.
Nauga has made some interesting positional switches in the backline to keep the opposition guessing.
Utility backline, Apisalome Waqatabu who manned the number 10 jumper in their first Farebrother defence against Naitasiri last weekend has been shifted to the wing allowing upcoming star Peceli Nacebe to dictate play at flyhalf.
Waqatabu who also played fullback in their Skipper Cup win over Namosi will be a key man for the Stallions because of his reliable kicks.
Nacebe missed out against Naitsiri last week but is expected to play a vital role for the Stallions after scoring two wonderful tries in the Skipper Cup final win over Namosi.
Experienced halfback Sakiusa Gavidi will start from the bench allowing young Simi Drotini to start at halfback. Nauga, however, has retained the forward pack that started against Naitasiri with evergreen prop Setefano Samoca to parter Alivereti Bure at props with livewire Ratunaisa Navuma as hooker.
Manoa Tamaya and Sailosi Dawai have been named at locks while Joseva Nahalo and Vasikali Mudu on the side of the scrums. Hard-hitting Jone Navori has now taken over the number 8 reigns from France-bound Eremasi Radrodro.
Vodafone Flying Fijians centre Eroni Vasiteri will combine in the midfields while Avete Daveta and Mitieli Nacagilevu to man the number 15 jumper. Nadroga has also named Tagi Vonolagi — the son of former Suva and national flanker Sakiasi Vonolagi as one of the impact players.
Nadroga rugby president Tiko Matawalu earlier reiterated that the Farebrother trophy meant a lot to the people of Nadroga and the players knew the significance of this trophy to the province.
The game is scheduled at Lawaqa Park, 3pm.
Nadro line-up: Alivereti Bure, Ratunaisa Navuma, Sete Samoca, Manoa Tamaya, Sailosi Dawai, Joseva Nahalo, Vasikali Mudu, Jone Navori, Simi Drotini, Peceli Nacebe, Avete Daveta, Eroni Vasiteri, Ifereimi Tovilevu, Apisalome Waqatabu, Mitieli Nacagilevu
Subs: Iliesa Leca, Sanaila Nahuto, Ratu Peni Makutu, Iosefo Tani, Tagi Vonolagi, Sakiusa Gavidi, Sakiusa Nakalevu, Josevata Malimoce.