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Eagles wary of Fijian Flair, Nacebe

Eagles wary of Fijian Flair, Nacebe
NSW Country Eagles players after the captain’s run at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on September 15, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 16
11:46 2017


The New South Wales Country Eagles have two obstacles on their path to victory against the Fiji Airways Drua today – Fiji’s unorthodox rugby and Peceli Nacebe.

Coach Darren Coleman and captain Paddy Ryan both know the heartaches that will follow if they turned over the ball to the Drua side and give elusive first five-eighth Nacebe the chance to weave his magic.

Coleman said they have seen what the Drua side can do from broken play and know defending against the Fijians when they are in that mood would be a big task.

“Last week they had a really good win against Melbourne Rising and they are playing some exciting rugby so we know it’s going to be a really hard game for us,”Coleman said.

“The game itself is in Sigatoka which is a renowned rugby province so we know it is going to be a good game for our boys.”

As for the Drua side, Coleman singled out Nacebe immediately.

“He is a very talented player and we will have to watch him constantly,”he said.

“It will be an experience for our young boys to come and learn the culture and play rugby in a different environment.”

This will be the Eagles second match after coming off a bye last week and know the challenge is huge.

Coleman said they were not here to spoil the Drua’s party on their home soil but to come and play an open and enjoyable game.

“The game today will be about the Fijian boys showcasing their talent while our boys will be there playing rugby and getting international exposure.

“We just have to stop their ball movement and unstructured possession when they are attacking.

“If you turnover the ball and return a kick to the Fijians, you have to make sure you defend well.

Ryan said winger Taqele Naiyaravoro was disappointed he could not make the trip with the team.

He added that Fiji Drua’s game against Melbourne was great and they do not want to be turning over the balls to their opposition today.

“You know what they can do from broken play,”

Ryan said they would be keeping a close eye ion Nacebe this afternoon and he was certainly the X-factor in the Drua side.

The team jetted into Nadi at around 12.30pm yesterday and head straight for Lawaqa Park for the captain’s run.



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