Verevou Out, Rewa Re­jig Giants Plan

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Olympian Iosefo Verevou will not play in the INKK Mo­bile Bat­tle of the Giants semi­fi­nal on Sat­ur­day at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nau­sori at 4pm. Verevou copped yel­low cards in two sep­a­rate games against Suva and Dreketi in the pool stages. “To have such a player of his cal­i­bre to not be in the team when his pres­ence is needed the most is a real blow for us and will dampen our chances in our game against Lau­toka,” Rewa coach Marika Rodu said.

“I will need to change our strat­egy and shift play­ers around in or­der to make up for his ab­sence that just means play­ers will now need to step up be­cause Lau­toka is a good team.

“Our fo­cus at the start of the com­pe­ti­tion was to man­age our way through the pool stages be­cause the team had not played any real com­pe­ti­tions to­gether since some of the play­ers had to pre­pare for the Olympics. “How­ever, de­spite the draw in our first game and the loss in our sec­ond, I’m pleased with our progress. “The play­ers have im­proved a lot and they re­ally came through when it mat­tered.” Fac­ing a tough Lau­toka side will not be an easy task and Rodu knows his side will be in for an up­hill bat­tle on the week­end. “Out of the four teams who have qual­i­fied for the semi­fi­nals, Lau­toka is the most in-form team, es­pe­cially af­ter their games against Labasa and Ba,” he said. “They are the only team to win all three of their games and they ab­so­lutely de­serve to be in the semi­fi­nals.

“It will def­i­nitely be an up­hill bat­tle for us but at the same time we will be giv­ing it our best shot and try to se­cure a spot in that fi­nal.”

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Back: (from left) Epeli Saukuru, Mi­tieli Na­muka, Ben­ito Waqavou, Amani Makoe (C), Paulo Posiano, Misaele Drau­ni­baka. Front: Simione Maikali, Pe­ni­ame Drova, Te­vita Waranaivalu, Jone­tani Buksh, Iosefo Verevou.

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