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Fiji Airways Drua rep Joeli Veiteyaki during training at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
October 10
10:31 2018

The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua forwards will have to lift their game and not be stran­gled by Western Force if they are to finish at the top of the National Rugby Championship points table.

Drua head coach Senirusi Seru­vakula admitted to SUNsports that the Force have the most powerful forward pack in the competition.

Force forwards coach Van Hum­phries has drummed his passion for the tough stuff into his charges. To him it comes as no surprise that they are the best performing pack in the NRC.

“It hasn’t been an accident that we’ve put ourselves in this position but we’re not done yet,” Humphries warned.

“The tight play definitely still has an effect. It has proved to be a really good weapon for us.

“It’s part of our DNA. It’s draining and it’s sapping. It’s also a bit of a psychological killer to have some­thing like that coming at you.

“It’s very difficult for opposition to counter in a competition that is seen as open and running. We try and make sure that when we’ve got pressure and stress on the opposi­tion that we don’t take it off.

“We’re very happy we’re getting some good play for that and giving our backs plenty of ball to do what they do out wide.”

Force have been dominating the set piece, have won seven tight­heads and been awarded 25 scrum penalties in five games.

They have a blitzing rolling maul and are the second best side for turnovers.

Last Sunday, against Melbourne Rising, Force scored three tries through rolling mauls.

Force defence coach is former South African centre Jacque Fou­rie.

Leading the charge is lock Jeremy Thrush who has 11 Test caps for the All Blacks along with 110 Su­per Rugby games and 50 games for Gloucester.

Thrush is supported by Samoan international flanker Henry Stow­er while at the backs they have Fijian Olympian Matavesi Daku­waqa, tough Samoan centre George Pisi and former Springboks first five-eight and 5 Test veteran Peter Grant.

The Drua squad resume training today before flying out tomorrow.

The match will be played at UWA Sports Park in Western Australia on Saturday at 7pm (Fiji time). It will be shown live on Sky Pacific.

– Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

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