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No Evidence Against Drua: Fox Sports

  The Australia National Rugby Championship citing commissioner will find it to difficult to establish evidence on an eye-gouging clam during the Fiji Airways Drua-Canberra Vikings last Friday. The Canberra
02 Oct 2017 21:04
No Evidence Against Drua: Fox Sports
Folau Faingaa, Canberra Vikings hooker on the attack in round five NRC match against Fiji Airways Drua at Viking Park on September 29, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Zimbio

 

The Australia National Rugby Championship citing commissioner will find it to difficult to establish evidence on an eye-gouging clam during the Fiji Airways Drua-Canberra Vikings last Friday.

The Canberra Vikings have lodged a formal citing on Saturday on a Fiji Airways Drua player after a shocking on-field incident

Vikings hooker Folau Faingaa accused a Fijian player of eye gouging him at the bottom of a ruck in the first half.

But the Fox Sports footage was inconclusive as Faingaa’s head was obscured by three Fijian players trying to remove him from the ball.

So it will be difficult to make a ruling.

The only evidence available is circumstantial and hearsay after Faingaa told referee Angus Gardner that ‘he eye gouged me.’

It was the second incident of Fiji’s debut NRC season after hooker Samu Suguturaga was banned for 20 weeks after being found guilty of biting Brisbane City captain Andrew Ready. Fijian Airways Drua plays Taqele Nayaravoro’s Greater Sydney Rams at TG Milne Field on Saturday at 5pm

 

Daugunu scores 3, Queensland Country top

Gold Coast: Queensland Country notched a half-century for a second straight week, this time thumping Melbourne Rising 54-12 at Bond University on Saturday.

The eight-tries-to-two bonus point win see Country overtake the Canberra Vikings atop the NRC table, and it’s the first time they’ve recorded three wins in a season.

Fijian flyer Filipo Daugunu scored three tries.

Melbourne Rising dominated all the field position early in the game, with their tactical kicking game in particular keeping Queensland Country bogged down in their own 22.

After withstanding the early pressure, it was actually Country who scored first, with centre Chris Feauai-Sautia picking and driving from close range and barging over next to the posts in the 15th minute.

Feauai-Sautia was front and centre for Country’s second try, producing a beautiful pop-pass off the ground for winger Filipo Daugunu to run away the 40 metres to score untouched in the 33rd minute.

Tuttle’s conversion made it 14-0, which would remain the halftime score, despite around five minutes of extra play, with a string of Rising penalties and Country losing both wingers, Daugunu and Eto Nabuli to the sin bin.

But yet again, a handling error brought the Rising down.

Country decided that attack was the best way to deal with being two men down and spent most of the remaining yellow card time camped on the Rising line.

Queensland Country 54

Tries: Daugunu 3, Feauai-Sautia, Tupou, Stewart, Paia’aua, Tela, Cons: Tuttle 4, Stewart, Daugunu 2

Cards: Daugunu (40+’), Nabuli (40+’)

Melbourne Rising 12

Tries: Mapusua, Havea, Cons: McGregor.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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