Nadroga’s favourite son Apisalome Waqatabu is
home and ready to fire for the Fiji
Airways Fijian in their critical final fixture against Bond University
Queensland Country at Lawaqa Park, this Saturday.
Waqatabu was a
stalwart of the 2018 NRC Championship winning side and will rejoin the boys in
blue to fight to keep their finals hopes alive.
Senirusi Seruvakula’ has made minor tweaks to his side that chased down an
inspiring victory against Melbourne Rising last weekend, and with so much at
stake, is pleased he can field his strongest team yet.
“I have to name our strongest side for this
match because we need to win and qualify for the semi-final.
“Our players are injury free and have been
outstanding in the past matches” he said.
With the inclusion of Waqatabu, for the first
time this season, Seruvakula can name 13 players from the 2018 team, in his
starting line up.
Skipper Joeli Veitayaki, Tevita Ikanivere and
Penijamini Makutu in the front row.
Peni Naulago and Tevita Naqali complete the
right five, with Filimoni Seru, Johnny Dyer and Eeremasi Radrodro in the back
Peni Matawalu and Enele Malele will continue
their halves combinations while Cyril Reece and Serupepeli Vularika will once
again appear at the centres.
Jiuta Wainiqolo moves to right wing and Levani
Kurumudu starts on the left and Apisalome Waqatabu take his place at full-back.
Seruvakula said the players are aware of the
threat their opponents will impose on Saturday.
“We have been closely monitoring Queensland
Country, they are a strong outfit and will come with a well prepared game plan”
He added “For us there is no two ways but to win
the game and seal a semi-final berth.
“We want to move and keep our title defence hope
For this we need to have a positive outcome on
Seruvakula has urged fans to come in numbers and
support the Drua who are playing at Lawaqa Park in Rugby Town for the first
time in two seasons.
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua face Queensland Country
at 2pm on Saturday.
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua squad VS Queensland Country