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Fiji Airways Fijian Drua rep Albert Tuisue at Bidesi Park on September 4, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 05
10:54 2018

Lock forward Albert Tuisue has a massive game influence and contributed well to the pack with his strong carries, fierce tackles and strong running skills

 

Lock forward Albert Tuisue is confident the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua will step up again against Brisbane City at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Saturday.

The Kadavu native was one of the outstanding players in the 40-17 thumping of Melbourne Rising last Saturday at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori in round one of the 2018 National Rugby Championship.

He was brutal in defence, always in the thick of the battle and was among the players coach Senirusi Seruvakula allowed to play for 80 minutes.

The big unit has a massive game influence and contributed well to the pack with his strong carries, fierce tackles and strong running skills

The former policeman, who played for West Harbour in the Shute Shield and Greater Sydney Rams in the 2017 NRC,  said the Drua should continue to up the ante again.

“We played to plan last Saturday but we need to up the momentum again,” Tuisue said after training at Bidesi Park yesterday.

“We still need to improve on a few areas that let us down early in the game especially in the lineouts.”

It took the Drua 37 minutes to score their first try through Levani Kurumudu after hooker Veremalua failed to find the  target in the lineouts.

“The challenge this Saturday will be tough and I’ve telling the boys that we need to work more on our skills and we will be good to go,”Tuisue said.

“We will be playing on a new venue possibly under the western heat so we need to ready for it.”

The Drua lost to Brisbane City in a high scoring game 45-36 at Ballymore Stadium last year.

The Drua reached the semifinal on debut last year and the target is to reach the final next month. They stand a good chance after playing four home games.

After Brisbane City, Mosese Voka’s men will play NSW Country on September 29 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori and Canberra Vikings at Churchill Park, Lautoka on October 6.

The Drua lead the NRC standing on 5 points being the only team  which scored a bonus win in round one.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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