Just one change for Moana Pasifika as Waratahs challenge looms
Moana Pasifika return to Mount Smart stadium at 4:30pm on Saturday 7 May to play the NSW Waratahs in round 12 of DHL Super Rugby Pacific.
The match is significant for captain Sekope Kepu as he will play against the team he previously served for 141 games. Similarly, this game could see Christian Leali’ifano etched into Super Rugby folklore as he is just nine points away from reaching 1,000 Super Rugby points.
There are just three changes to the Moana Pasifika that narrowly went down to the Melbourne Rebels by 26 points to 22.
Samuel Slade and Veikoso Poloniati combine at lock and complete the engine room.
There are no changes to the backline from Saturday night’s game at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Ereatara Enari and Christian Leali’ifano have proven to be a formidable combination and retain the 9 and 10 jerseys respectively for another week.
Alex McRobbie and Jack Lam come on to the bench after recovering from a concussion and knee injury, respectively.
Moana Pasifika: Danny Toala, Tima Fainga’anuku, Levi Aumua, Henry Taefu, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Christian Lealiifano, Ereatara Enari, Henry Time-Stowers, Solomone Funaki, Michael Curry, Samuel Slade, Veikoso Poloniati, Sekope Kepu, Ray Niuia, Abraham Pole. Reserves: Luteru Tolai, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Joe Apikotoa, Alex McRobbie, Jack Lam, Jonathan Taumateine, Lincoln McClutchie, Solomone Kata.
– Moana Pasifika
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