April 28, 2022
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Strong Drua lineup for Highlanders clash

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne has named a strong line-up for what is deemed to be a ‘fast and physical’ home game against the Highlanders on Saturday.

With the Drua’s first appearance on home soil this weekend, excitement is at an all time high.

“It’s so exciting for us to be playing our first ever match on home soil. We’re looking forward to playing in front of our fans,” Byrne said.

“The boys understand the importance of a good performance in front of their home crowd.

“It’s also our second hit-out against a New Zealand team so we expect it to be a fast and physical clash.

“We’ve geared up for that and we’re really looking forward to putting a performance out on the park that our fans will be proud of.”

Haereiti Hetet, Mesulame Dolokoto start in the front row with Manasa Saulo

Viliame Rarasea and Ratu Rotuisolia link in the engine room at locks with the backrow trio solidified through skipper Meli Derenalagi, Vilive Miramira Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta.

Frank Lomani returns at halfback with Teti Tela at pivot.

The powerful centre combination of Kalaveti Ravouvou and Apisalome Vota reunite in midfield with try scoring ace Vinaya Habosi on the blindside wing, Selestino Ravutaumada on the openside and Kitione Taliga at fullback.

Off the bench are Tevita Ikanivere, Meli Tuni, Samuela TawakeIsoa Nasilasila, Joseva Tamani, Simione Kuruvoli, Onisi Ratave, and Kitione Ratu.

The match kicks off at 4.35pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

By Noa Biudole

 


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