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Fiji Airways Drua Eremasi Radrodro score against Brisbane City during the NRC match at the Churchill Park in Lautoka on September 8, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
September 09
11:15 2018

The Fiji Airways Drua side yesterday put on another scintillating display of typical running rugby to annihilate the Brisbane City 66 – 5 at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

The side also walked the talk with ferocious defence which blocked all but one chance the visitors had.

It was a display of Fijian rugby at its best and the result showed why the side is cur­rently leading the National Rugby Champi­onship table after two rounds.

Winger Levani Kurumudu scored a hat-trick and is fast becoming a player to watch in this competition.

The Drua’s combination of halfback Frank Lomani and Alivereti Veitokani at first five –eighth was the launch pad of the home side’s attacks and is becoming a deadly combina­tion.

Brisbane City were no match for the Drua side and their forays through the forwards were met with stern defence.

Each player worked his shift and this saw the Drua side keep their line intact until the 77th minute.

The Drua side led 35-0 at the break and nev­er looked back.

Hardworking number eight Eremasi Radrodro opened the scoring after eight min­utes and with the conversion Veitokani, the floodgates opened up.

The Drua’s tries all came in typical running rugby fashion with a player always in hand to carry the ball forward.

Tries to Kurumudu (13th minute), Lomani (23rd minute), centre Poasa Waqanibau (2th minute) and Kurumudu on the touch of half­time gave the Drua side the 35-0 lead.


The second spell was almost a carbon copy of the first spell with Fiji pilfering off the Brisbane City breakdowns and setting up their chain of passes to the opposition try line.

Lomani opened the scoring in the 57th min­ute followed by second five eight Cyrul Reece (60th minute), Kurumudu (65th minute), and skipper Mosese Voka to finish off a success­ful match.

Brisbane City finally crossed over in the 77th minute with winger Jayden Ngamanu after a quick flick by Quade Cooper who missed the conversion from way out.


Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said, “There is a lot of learning for us. Every week we learn from all the game we play. Playing this level and playing Super Rugby players where as our boys play in the Skipper Cup Premiership and Farebrother. Before we got on the bus we made it sure that we had a good start and open up the game. ”

City captain Adam Korczyk said,

“It was hard to stop those support plays that’s how Fiji got through us. The Drua played quick footy and a physical team in the attack and it is quite difficult as we saw tonight.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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