Qera to captain Flying Fijians
17 August, 2011
|Akapusi Qera to captain Flying Fijians |
For the second and final game in the Punjas Series Flying Fijians head coach, Sam Domoni, has named five changes to the starting XV that took the field last Saturday against Tonga. The most prominent change being in the front row with captain Deacon Manu rested giving young Waisea Daveta an opportunity to prove himself at the highest level.
“Deacon’s actually picked up an ear infection over the week and has been in quite a bit of pain,” Domoni said.
“Hopefully it’s nothing serious but we’re just being precautious and want to ensure he’s back to his very best before putting him back onto the field.”
In Manu’s absence England-based Akapusi Qera takes over the captain’s role for the first time.
“Qera is one of the senior players in the side and his commitment to the cause has always been considerable and he certainly earns the respect of his peers which is why he was given the captaincy.”
Other changes in the starting XV see’s Netani Talei replacing Dominiko Waqaniburotu at number six while Michael Tagicakibau and Ravai Fatiaki get a run with Adriu Delai and the tough tackling Seremai Bai rested.
The full team is as follows:
1. CAMPESE MA'AFU, 2. SUNIA KOTO, 3. WAISEA DAVETA, 4. RUPENI NASIGA, 5. WAME LEWARAVU, 6. NETANI TALEI, 7. AKAPUSI QERA (C), 8. SISA KOYAMAIBOLE, 9. VITORI BUATAVA, 10. WAISEA LUVENIYALI, 11. MICHAEL TAGICAKIBAU, 12. RAVAI FATIAKI, 13. ALBERT VULIVULI, 14. VERENIKI GONEVA, 15. KINI MURIMURIVALU, Reserves - 16. TALEMAITOGA TUAPATI, 17. SETEFANO SOMOCA, 18. LEONE NAKARAWA, 19. MASI MATADIGO, 20. NEMIA KENATALE, 21. NICKY LITTLE, 22. ILIESA KERESONI
Meanwhile the Tongans have named what looks to be their strongest available line-up with the return of team captain Finau Maka and France-based Alipate Fatafehi to the starting line-up, alongside inspirational flyhalf Kurt Morath.
The Tonga team is as follows:
1. SOANE TONGAUIHA, 2. ALEKI LUTUI, 3. TONGA LEAAETOA, 4. LISIATE FAAOSO, 5. JOSEPH TUINEAU, 6. SIONE KALAMAFONI, 7. FINAU MAKA (C), 8. VILIAMI MAAFU, 9. TANIELA MOA, 10. KURT MORATH, 11. VUNGAKOTO LILO, 12. SIALE PIUTAU, 13. ALIPATE FATAFEHI, 14. FETUU VAINIKOLO, 15. VILIAMI IONGI, Reserves - 16. ILAISIA MAASI, 17. HALANI AULIKA, 18. SIONE TIMANI, 19. SAMIU VAHAFOLAU, 20. ANDREW MAILEI, 21. THOMAS PALU, 22. SUKANAIVALU HUFANGA