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Fiji Airways Drua flanker Mosese Voka on the attack against Brisbane City in the openning game of the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC) on September 2, 2017. Photo: Vilimone Baleilevuka
September 05
11:00 2017

Fiji Airways Drua hooker Samu Suguturaga has been cited for an alleged bite on Brisbane City hooker and skipper Andrew Ready in their National Rugby Championship match at Ballymore on Saturday.

Suguturaga will face a NRC judicial hearing today at the Queensland Rugby Union headquarters in Brisbane and the matter will be overseen by judicial officer Paul Tully.

Ready accused the Fijian hooker of biting him on the ear in a scrum in the 29th minute of the first term and followed that up in post-match interviews.

Ready reported the incident to the on-field referee immediately.

“The hooker turned and bit my ear, as the pressure went on and there is a clear bite mark,” Ready told RUGBY.com.au.

Drua lost their first foray into NRC competition 36-45.

Four Fijians in team of the week

Four Fijians have been named in the 2017 Australian National Rugby Championship team of the week after the first round over the weekend.

Mosese Voka, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete and Isi Naisarani stood out from the rest of the pack. Here’s how the NRC panel rated the Fijians.

  1. Mosese Voka

Was Fiji’s best in a performance that was probably flattered by the final scoreline.

Attacked the breakdown and didn’t allow Moses Sorovi and Cooper to have things all their own way, in terms of getting consistently clean ball.

  1. Isi Naisarani

The Spirit’s chief destroyer with ball in hand. One run in the second half typified his performance, as he dragged defenders 40 metres up field, pumping his legs throughout.

Never stops putting his hand up to carry and looks to have picked up where he left off at the end of the Force’s season. .

  1. Samu Kerevi

A big return to rugby for Kerevi, who needed to come back with a bang after being dropped for the second Bledisloe. Produced his usual prolific output with ball in hand but looked to be fitter and therefore less of a liability in defence, which was why Tevita Kuridrani was preferred to him for the Dunedin Test.

Probably not a performance that puts him back in the Wallabies best XV but he will only be better for the run.

  1. Marika Koroibete

Looked a class above when he got the ball in his hands.Was a nightmare for Spirit defenders and scored a brace through support lines, which is an encouraging sign.

Still needs to work on defensive positioning but that will come, with more minutes in the

Edited by  Grace Narayan

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