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Drua Top NRC Ladder

Drua Top NRC Ladder
Fiji Airways Drua team captain John Stewart goes over for the tems third try. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
September 24
11:13 2017

The Fiji Airways Drua side now move to the top of the Australia National Rugby Championship ladder after thrashing Perth Spirit 41-5 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva last night.


What happened: The visitors took the game to the Fijians but were held back by their tenacious defence.

The John Stewart captained-side used their aggressive defence to pressure Perth into mistakes. Drua halfback Frank Lomani scored the opening try from a five-metre scrum after the Perth forwards were driven back. Lomani darted on the blindside to score in the corner.

With a 5-0 lead the Drua side never looked back with another backline move that saw a break from centre Eroni Vasiteri with Apisalome Waqatabu finishing it off with a 40-metre run. He converted the try as they led 12-0.

Perth with halfback Michael Ruru dictating play came out firing but a loose ball saw Lomani toed it through but was brought down short of the try line. Following up was No.8 Peni Raidre who scooped the ball up and dived over to score the third try, which was converted by Waqatabu.

Just a minute to halftime the Perth Spirit only had themselves to blame as they continuously committed basic mistakes which allowed captain Stewart to run in their fourth try, which was not converted.


Halftime: Fiji Airways Drua 24-0 Perth Spirit.

After a pep talk from coach Senirusi Seruvakula, the hosts lifted their game as they kept Perth at bay.

Waqatabu extended the lead to 27-0 with a penalty. This was followed by tries to lock Peni Naulago and Stewart, which were successfully converted by Waqatabu.

Perth regrouped and replied with their lone try to Fijian-born No 8 Isireli Nasarani with the conversion going wide.


Big Play: The Fijian Airways Drua side’s bone crushing tackles and strong attacking game.


Star Turn: A great step-up performance in terms of discipline, as there were no cards shown on the night.


Comments; Fiji Airways Drua centre Eroni Vasiteri said: “We want to thank the Lord for the victory and his guidance on the team. Before we came the coach reminded us to lift our performance in the ruck and defence as well.

“Discipline was also one area we focused on and we’re happy that there was no cards shown.”

Perth Spirit No 8 Isi Naisarani said: “No doubt Fiji Airways Drua was a better side, they gave us a good game and i want to thank the Lord for giving us the strength.”



Edited by Osea Bola



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