Domoni tinkers with Fijian pack
September 15, 2011
Fiji wing Vereniki Goneva scored three tries in last weekend's rout of Namibia © Getty Images
Fiji head coach Samu Domoni has made three changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's mouth-watering Rugby Cup World Cup Pool D meeting with defending champions South Africa in Wellington.
With the Polynesians having opened their campaign by running in six tries in a 49-21 rout of Namibia, Domoni has decided against making any alterations to his back-line so all three changes come in the pack.
Sunia Koto takes over at hooker from Viliame Veikoso, Akapusi Qera takes over at openside flanker from Mala Ravulo, while Sakiusa Matadigo is preferred to Netani Talei at No.8.
Meanwhile, there is a seat on the bench for veteran fly-half Nick Little, who is appearing at his fourth Rugby World Cup. No.8 Sisa Koyamaibole, who had to return home last week for personal reasons, has also been named amongst the replacements.
Fiji: Kini Murimurivalul; Vereniki Goneva, Gaby Lovobalavu, Seremaia Bai, Naipolioni Nalaga; Waisea Luveniyali, Nemia Kenatale; Campese Ma'afu, Sunia Koto, Deacon Manu (capt); Leone Nakarawa, Wame Lewaravu; Dominiko Maiwiriwiri Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera, Sakiusa Matadigo.
Replacements: Talemaitoga Dautu Tuapati, Waisea Nailago, Netani Talei, Sisa Koyamaibole, Vitori Tomu Buatava, Nicky Little, Ravai Susau Fatiaki
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