Tabusoro-Fiji’s number eight Mika Leawere against Cook Islands Residents at The Swamp in last year’s series. Fiji won 31-8. The two teams will meet tomorrow. Photo: FILE/RASHNEEL KUMAR/21110704
The postponed second match of the Vodafone Tri Nations 15s Series will be held tomorrow at The Swamp in Avatiu.
The match between Cook Islands Residents and defending champions Tabusoro Fiji was initially supposed to be played on Saturday at The Swamp in Avatiu before it was moved to Tupapa’s Victoria Park.
But due to rainy weather over
the weekend, Cook Islands Rugby Union decided to postpone the match.
At a special meeting yesterday
attended by officials from the three participating teams – Residents, Tabusoro
and Tokouso – CIRU decided to hold the match on Wednesday with the final match
between Tokouso and Tabusoro to be played on Saturday at Victoria Park in
Cook Islands Rugby Union’s Ben
Koteka said there won’t be any age group matches on Wednesday with the main
match kicking off at 4pm.
“Officials from all teams were
there (at the meeting) and we just decided to go with it,” Koteka said.
Tabusoro manager Aseri
Turuibewa said some of their players would have to secure early release from
their work in order to get ready for the match at 4pm.
“There are some players who will
need to ask for early leave in order to make it to the match,” Turuibewa said.
“We are wary of the Residents
team especially of their forwards and we are not taking this match lightly.”
The team held a training
session yesterday and will have another run this afternoon before tomorrow’s
“We will see how the weather
is and work out a (game) plan that will best suit the conditions on the day.”
Tabusoro will miss the
services of some key players who have left the country including speedster
Peniasi Dakuwaqa and also Tua Ravula, who is out injured.
The team will be led by the
likes of Lai Rogorogoivalu in the backline and Clarke Ngaau aka Kalaveti and
John Bogitini upfront. Eli Bendini is coaching Tabusoro.
Residents coach Darren Piri
earlier said they plan to disrupt Tabusoro’s free flowing game and starve them
are still in contention … we need to come back together and put on a better
structure of play. The boys want to come and play, they want to improve their
game personally and as a group.”
Residents went down to Tokouso made up of Samoan and Tongan players 22-24 in
the opening match over a week ago.