Moana Pasifika Head Coach Aaron Mauger has named three formidable lineups for Friday’s pre-season ‘Ofa Atu Tonga’ fundraising match against the Gallagher Chiefs.
The game will be played in three 30-minute blocks, allowing the coaches to test the full depth of their squad.
This is an historic occasion for Moana Pasifika being the first time the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific squad will play on their home ground, Mount Smart Stadium.
Under the current New Zealand government restrictions, no spectators are allowed at the match. However, Sky Television have partnered with Moana Pasifika and will have LIVE coverage from 6.30pm. The match will also be free to air on Prime.
Mauger is excited for the challenge that the Gallagher Chiefs will bring to his newly-formed side.
“They’re a tough side who are renowned for their physicality and flare. This is our first chance to get a measure of where we are at compared to our opposition.”
“There’s added incentive for the team to put their best foot forward being a fundraising match and we’ve acknowledged the Kingdom of Tonga daily in our morning lotu.”
“I’m really excited for our players who have worked incredibly hard throughout the pre-season. This match presents them with an opportunity to test themselves at this level for the very first time.
Moana Pasifika v Gallagher Chiefs (Jersey numbers may differ from below)
Isi Tu’ungafasi/Ezekiel Lindenmuth
Sekope Kepu/Tau Koloamatangi
Mike McKee/Veikoso Poloniati
Danny Toala/Henry Taefu
Levi Aumua/Solomone Kata
Anzelo Tuitavuki/Tima Fainga’anuku