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Discipline is an area Fiji Airways Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula is focusing on before they face competition leaders Perth Spirit at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday. The Michael
19 Sep 2017 11:00
No MORE Cards
Fiji Airways Drua’s new playmaker Kitione Taliga is expected to take the field against Perth Rising on Saturday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Discipline is an area Fiji Airways Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula is focusing on before they face competition leaders Perth Spirit at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday.

The Michael Ruru captained- Spirit side are the defending champions of the Australia National Rugby Championship.

They fought their way back to hand Greater Sydney Rams a 61-17 hiding last Sunday to edge out the Drua on the NRC points table.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Seruvakula said defence has become their main weapon but discipline is where his concerns are.

“We will focus on our tackles as we have seen there were a lot of high tackles made against Eagles and we need to keep our discipline in order to rectify this,” he said.

The defensive effort of the team stood out in their 31-14 win over NSW Country Eagles at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka last Saturday.

Winger Eroni Sau copped a yellow card in the 60th minute while tackling a player in the air and this resulted in a penalty try to the Eagles.

“We cannot afford this kind of yellow cards and if we give Perth Spirit the same they will give us two tries in one yellow card and four tries in two yellow cards so we’re still learning with the players,” he said.

The side made most of the little possession that they had converting them into points but their defence had been the most talked about during the match.

“Attack is always in our DNA but we have continuously worked on our defence and it will become a major area in our campaign in this year’s NRC.

“We absolutely need to lift our defence because it wins you trophies. We’ve worked so hard on our defence and will continue to perfect it but also being mindful not to give away penalties which have hurt us in the past.”

Seruvakula said the combination of Ifereimi Tovilevu, Apete Daveta, Eroni Sau, and Eroni Vasiteri in the back-line continues to rattle opposition while the forwards have also improved.

“Playing against the Australian teams mean that they always have a big pack and their matches are structured towards that way. We have to continue to work harder every week to better our performance,” Seruvakula added.

The team march into camp at Suva Peninsula Hotel today.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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