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Preview: Tonga v Samoa (16-06-18)


Manu Samoa Coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, has made nine changes to his starting lineup for their second match of the Pacific Nations Cup this weekend against the Ikale- Tahi Tonga at ANZ Stadium, Suva.

Jordan Lay will anchor the front row from the loosehead with Viliamu Afatia joining him from the tighthead side.

Seilala Lam makes up the front trio at hooker with Joe Tekori pairing up with Manu Samoa’s captain Chris Vui in the locks.

TJ Ioane will cover the open-side flank with Jack Lam starting at No. 8.

In the backline, Dwayne Polata’ivao will start at scrumhalf with Alofa Alofa at outside centre and Paul Perez on the right wing.

Manu Samoa’s former captain Ofisa Treviranus will come off the bench as an impact player and he is looking at exerting his physical influence to match the physicality of the Ikale-Tahi boys.

Manu Samoa’s backline coach and former Wallabies fullback Chris Latham says the Ikale-Tahi boys will be a hard team to beat.

“They will have a few tricks up their sleeves but we got to make sure that we look after ourselves, we take care of the ball and we aid the game on our terms,” Chris Latham.

Tonga: TBA

1. Jordan Lay 2. Seilala Lam 3. Viliamu Afatia 4. Joe Tekori 5. Chris Vui (c) 6. Piula Faasalele 7. TJ Ioane 8. Jack Lam 9. Dwayne Polataivao 10. Tusi Pisi 11. Sinoti Sinoti 12. Alapati Leiua 13. Alofa Alofa 14. Paul Perez 15. Ah See Tuala
16. Elia Elia 17. James Lay 18. Paul Alo-Emile 19. Brandon Nansen 20. Ofisa Treviranus 21. Melani Matavao 22. Rodney Iona 23. Ed Fidow

Tonga vs Samoa
@ ANZ Stadium, Suva
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
Television match official: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)



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