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Matawalu earns his first Drua jersey on the bench

September 13, 2018 4:00 am

Dynamic scrum half Peni Matawalu will earn his first jersey on the bench for the Fiji Airways Drua when they take on Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship this weekend.

Matawalu had just returned back from an ankle injury and set to back up Frank Lomani, who has had a stellar start to the season.

Filimoni Seru will return to the starting 15 replacing Peni Naulago at number 4, Jona Saiwalau will start at 13, Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto will slide back into the starting hooker role and Apete Daveta will resume his place on the wing.

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Seruvakula says he has tweaked his line up slightly to manage the load on his playing roster whilst not impacting the momentum the side has built in the first two rounds.

“We are confident that we have a squad of first choice players. The boys who come in and out of the starting line on or the bench, they know the role they have to play, and I know they will it do it well.”

The Fijian Drua takes on NRC defending champions Queensland Country at 5pm at the BB Print Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

1. Joeli Veitayaki
2. Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto
3. Mosese Ducivaki
4. Filimoni Seru
5. Albert Tuisue
6. Peni Raidre
7. Mosese Voka
8. Eremasi Radrodro
9. Frank Lomani
10. Alivereti Veitokani
11. Levani Kurumudu
12. Cyril Reece
13. Jona Sowailau
14. Apete Daveta
15. Apisalome Waqatabu

Reserves
16. Ratunaisa Navuma
17. Eroni Mawi
18. Luke Tagi
19. Tevita Naqali
20. Jonny Dyer
21. Peni Matawalu
22. Serupepeli Vularika
23. Aporosa Tabulawaki

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