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Analysis: Sailing With Flying Colours

Analysis: Sailing With Flying Colours
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players celebrate the win at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on September 1, 2018.Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 02
10:41 2018

Our Fiji Airways Fijian Drua survived the test and passed with flying colours at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.
It was the start of the 2018 National Rugby Championship we all wanted as coach Senirusi Seruvakula and his men delivered more than enough-a bonus win after the thumping 40-17 win over the Melbourne Rising.
About 3000 fans returned home satisfied and it was worth more the $10 they paid for in a feast of rugby.
The match was won in the first half after the Drua held their own and contained the Rising forwards pack continuous bombardment.
The Drua communicated well and their organised defence stood out the whole afternoon.
Rising drew first blood with a try to Tom English in the 37th minute but the Drua showed their urgency and class by scoring two tries in the 40th and 45th minutes to lead 14-7 at halftime.
Blindside flanker Filimoni Seru ripped the ball during kickoff resulting in Levani Kurumudu scoring the first try. Immediately after player of the match Alivereti Veitokani set up the counter-attack and ended up scoring the second try.
In the second half, the Fijians scored four more tries to John Dyer, Serupepeli Vularika, Apisalome Waqatabu and Avete Daveta while Rising managed to cross over twice.
The Mosese Voka-captained team will need to prove their worth again against Brisbane City this Saturday at Churchill Park, Lautoka.
Here’s how we rate our Fiji Airways Fijians Drua:
1.Eroni Mawi- held his own, prop for future- 7
2. Veremalua Vugakoto- need to find his target in the lineouts-5.5
3. Luke Tagi-Stern in defence, prop for the future -7
4. Peni Naulago- Used his weight in the tight and loose play, strong general play -6.5
5. Albert Tuisue- Outstanding throughout – 8
6. Filimone Seru-Covered his space well and strong in the contact situations- 6.5
7. Mosese Voka-Led by example, good communicator -7.5
8. Eremasi Radrodro-Tough to crack in defence, keeps talking to the young charges -7
9. Frank Lomani-Linked up well, accuracy in his passing game an added plus to team -7.5
10. Alivereti Veitokani-deserved man of match award for vision and overall contribution -8
11, Levani Kurumudu-Eye for gap, elusive on attack, stalwart in offence -7
12. Cyril Reece-good link and provider for his outside, defended well-6.5
13. Poasa Waqanibau- Defended well and never missed the target -6.5
14. Avete Daveta- Always alerting the team to switch on and always a hard to stop with hisweaving run-6.5
15. Apisalome Waqatabu- Safe and sound at fullback and good in the counter-attack. -7

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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