Dolokoto at seven, Ratave starts

May 12, 2022 12:40 pm

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua hooker Mesulame Dolokoto has been named as an openside flanker for this weekend’s clash against Moana Pasifika.

Three hookers are in the matchday squad with Dolokoto at seven, Zuriel Togiatama at hooker and Tevita Ikanivere will come off the bench.

Dolokoto is not new to the position as he played as flanker and number eight for Queen Victoria School in the Deans competition.

Article continues after advertisement

Haereiti Hetet, Togiatama and Manasa Saulo starts up front with Isoa Nasilasila and Viliame Rarasea as locks.

Haereiti Hetet [left] and Manasa Saulo will start up front

Captain Meli Derenalagi, Dolokoto and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta are the loose forwards.

Impressive Onisi Ratave is in the starting 15 and teams up with Vinaya Habosi on the wings while the midfield combination of Kalaveti Ravouvou and Apisalome Vota returns.

Frank Lomani and Teti Tela are back with Kitione Taliga at fullback.

A notable inclusion on the bench is former captain Nemani Nagusa.

“This is what it was all about, this is what Super Rugby Pacific has been all about you know we’ve got the five Australian teams, the five New Zealand teams but the two new teams that turned it from Super Rugby into Super Rugby Pacific go on to show this weekend against each other and our boys are really excited about that opportunity”.

The Drua takes on Moana Pasifika at 4:35pm on Saturday and you can watch it LIVE on FBC Sports channel.