Rovigo clash excites Vosawai

Date published: October 22 2014

Cardiff Blues number eight Manoa Vosawai is hoping to make it two victories from two in the Challenge Cup when they take on Rovigo.

Cardiff Blues number eight Manoa Vosawai is keen to make it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup when they face Rugby Rovigo on Sunday.

The powerful forward, who arrived from Treviso in the off-season, impressed in the team’s 37-14 win over Grenoble last week at BT Sport Arms Park.

And he cannot wait to return to Italian soil for the Blues’ second pool fixture of the competition.

“We were very happy to get a win under our belt at the Arms Park and give something back to the fans,” he explained, speaking to

“Hopefully we can keep this going. The road has been difficult for us lately but it’s good that things have finally come together and we want to keep it going in this direction.

“Rovigo is a rugby-orientated town. In Italy, it’s either Rovigo, Padua or Treviso. But Rovigo is just rugby. There is nothing else there.”

London Irish demolished Rovigo 70-14 in their opener, with the Italian side leaking ten tries.

However, Vosawai believes they will be much stronger at their Stadio Mario Battaglini home.

“They are patriotic and passionate about rugby. It’s going to be a really tough game. They are aggressive and they are going to be really physical and coming at us full tilt,” he said.

“Italian teams at home are always a different side. We expect it to be a really hard game. It’s not going to be easy. But the guys are going to be really pumped and positive coming off the weekend. We want to go out there and continue what we started against Grenoble.”