Moana Pasifika names formidable line-up for tonight’s pre-season match

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)

First 30-minutes

    Isi Tu’ungafasi

    Luteru Tolai

    Sekope Kepu

    Mike McKee

    Samuel Slade

    Sione Tu’ipulotu

    Alamanda Motuga

    Henry Time-Stowers

    Ereatara Enari

    Lincoln McClutchie

    Neria Foma’i

    Danny Toala

    Leni Aumua

    Anzelo Tuitavuki

    William Havili

Second 30-minutes

    Isi Tu’ungafasi/Ezekiel Lindenmuth

    Ray Niuia

    Sekope Kepu/Tau Koloamatangi

    Mike McKee/Veikoso Poloniati

    Don Lolo

    Alex McRobbie

    Alamanda Motuga

    Henry Time-Stowers

    Jonathan Taumateine

    Lincoln mcClutchie

    Tomasi Alosio

    Danny Toala/Henry Taefu

    Levi Aumua/Solomone Kata

    Anzelo Tuitavuki/Tima Fainga’anuku

    William Havili

Third 30-minutes

    Ezekiel Lindenmuth

    Samiuela Moli

    Tau Koloamatangi

    Veikoso Poloniati

    Alex McRobbie

    Felix Kalapu

    Niko Jones

    Lotu Inisi

    Manu Paea

    Christian Leali’ifano

    Fine Inisi

    Henry Taefu

    Solomone Kata

    Tima Fainga’anuku

    D’Angelo Leuila

Reserves

Xavier Cowley-Tuioti

Jone Macilai-Tori

Suetena Asomua…PACNEWS

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