Havili: Happy To Play Wherever
St George Illawarra Dragons utility Siliva Havili admits he is happy to play wherever required ahead of the ANZAC Day Cup fixture against the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park on Monday.
The versatile player, who can play as hooker or in the lock-forward position, is pleased to have clocked vital playing minutes in the match against the Gold Coast Titans last week and is hopeful of doing so again in the upcoming marquee match-up.
Havili, who joined the Red-and-Whites during the off-season from the New Zealand Warriors, has backed teammate Euan Aitken (hamstring) to overcome his injury sustained last round to start in the centres but notes the team has enough depth if required.
“It was good to get the win against the Titans and the team are really excited for the week ahead leading into ANZAC Day,” said Havili.
“We had a nine-day turnaround to prepare leading into that game and we have the same again leading into this one which has allowed for the extra days of recovery.
“I was fortunate to get some game time last week and happy to play anywhere in the team whether it be in the lock position, the middle third or even the hooking role.
“Euan has been named but he hasn’t trained yet as he is trying to get his hamstring right for the game.
“Several Cutters boys have raised their hand if the spot arrives and we are lucky to have such good depth with players who can fil in.
“Being a New Zealander ANZAC Day means a lot and I was lucky to experience playing on the day for while with the Warriors when we faced the Storm.
“I’m looking forward though to playing the marquee game against the Roosters and all the boys are talking about it and are hyping it up.
“I was watching the game last year at home on the television with the hail everywhere and it was the first time I had seen anything like it.
“It was good to see the boys come away with the win and that will provide a positive feeling leading into this game.”