With both teams sitting at the middle of the table, Cook Islands Rugby Union CEO Ben Koteka believes that it is well and truly “business time” for them.
“It’s around this time of the season that teams really need to make a hard push for the playoffs.”.
“Without much margin for error, a loss could cost a team a spot in the top four, so this game is very important for these teams.”
One benefit the two Bulls teams will have is that their star players who featured in Friday’s test match against Tahiti will be rested, unlike the others who had to be back on the field the next day. The match was postponed due to a funeral in Arorangi on Tuesday.
Titikaveka will welcome back wingers Lala Sika and Timothy Tangirere, centre Samuela Longo Leuta and utility back James Tofilau, while Arorangi gets prop Sean Smith, national captain and flanker Francis Smith and national vice-captain and fullback Stephen Willis.
“I think these players will be raring to go after being disappointed after Friday’s game. I don’t think that they have any injuries, so we should expect them all to be there,” said Koteka.