Moana Pasifika re-jig team for clutch Reds clash

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Abraham Pole, Samiuela Moli and Sione Mafileo will start in the front row. Jacob Norris starts on the flank, with Sione Havili Talitui captaining the side from No8.

Ereatara Enari and William Havili will be paired at halfback and first five-eighths, while Fine Inisi will play on the left wing, with Henry Taefu returning at centre. Viliame Fine will play on the right wing, with Danny Toala starting at fullback.

Assistant coach Stephen Jones said the Reds would be challenging, and they respected coach Les Kiss, assistant Brad Davis, and their coaching group.

"We're respectful of the opposition but also focused on our areas.

"What's important is that we improve our performance to make sure we're in a better place for the game so we can get the result we want."

Jones said the side had refocused after three tough weeks.

"We made it clear what parts of our game we want to improve and how we're going to do that. The group's effort has been excellent.

"We want to turn things around quickly and we're doing that by working hard and making sure that every training session we compete, do the hard work and improve our skills."

They need to be smart, have identified the areas for improvement, and not just put all their energy and focus into only one aspect of their game.

It was about being comfortable with what they were trying to achieve so that when they got on the field, they were confident of performing to the best of their ability.

Jones said he was looking forward to his first visit to Whangārei and also to seeing lock Alan Craig playing on his home ground.

"He's come into the group, he's very, very hard, puts in a big shift for us on the pitch and his ability to pick up things quickly is very impressive."

Craig, who is from Ahipara, was captain of the Whangārei Boys' High School 1st XV and a leader of the Mid Northern club team that claimed consecutive titles last year, is looking forward to the occasion.

"Being born and raised there, playing for the Tanis [Taniwha] was a huge goal growing up, and getting to do that means a lot. Now getting to play a Super game there, it will be awesome to play in front of my home crowd."


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