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ANALYSIS: Drua In Top 4 Position

The Fiji Airways Drua staged a remarkable fightback in round six of the Australia National Rugby Championship yesterday. It was not only the match they have to win after losing
08 Oct 2017 11:00
ANALYSIS: Drua In Top 4 Position
The Fiji Airways Drua team at the ANZ Stadium on Friday September 22, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

The Fiji Airways Drua staged a remarkable fightback in round six of the Australia National Rugby Championship yesterday.

It was not only the match they have to win after losing convincingly to the Canberra Vikings 66-5 the previous week.

They also recorded their biggest win in the NRC with the 57-31 victory over the Greater Sydney Rams.

The Drua’s eight-tries-to-five bonus point win at TG Milner Oval ensures they will stay in the top four with two rounds to play,

They led the points table after  Queensland Country missed out on scoring a bonus point win over NSW Country Eagles.

The John Stewart-captained team played with full of  fire and vigour and energy,

After leading 24-21 at halftime, the Fijians fought back twice to retake the lead.

The team will take a well deserved break in round seven and take on Queensland Country where they will defend the Horan-Little Challenge Cup on October 21 at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

The last round of the NRC will be in Suva on October 28 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

We are in pole position to be in the top four when pool rounds are completed.

The Fiji Airways Drua deserved our support during the two home games. It’s only right we are there to see them through.

Here’s how we rate our players

  1. Joeli Veitayaki- Tower of strength, full of energy, scored the first try. -6
  2. Ratunaisa Navuama- A much better game, still need to connect with the jumpers, promising future if keen to learn. -5.5
  3. Mosese Ducivaki- Solid performance, always want to be involved, never seems to tire -6
  4. Peni Naulago-Mature on tour, good support and all-round display -6
  5. Mataiasi Ucutabua-Keen to grind when the battle is on, stern defender -5.5
  6. Samuela Saqiwa- Tough, good vision, a man to turn to when the going gets tough-7.
  7. Mosese Voka – Another solid performance from the hunter who sets up attack, stern in defence, a go-to- man.-7.5
  8. Peni Raidre- Better show from the Suva man, player for the future-5.5
  9. Seru Cavuilati – Connected and communicated well with players. -5
  10. Alivereti Veitokani- Dictated play, good field vision, nose for space. -6.5
  11. Avete Daveta-A much improved performance from the game breaker who deservedly scored a double. -8
  12. Eroni Sau- Found it difficult to defend in the first half as the Rams found cracks but steadily found his form in the second half. -6
  13. John Stewart- Led by example, man to lean on -8.5
  14. Ifereimi Tovilevu-A good all-round display, solid performer. -7
  15. Apisalome Waqatabu- A much better performance, good support play and kicking game. 7.5

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