Four Drua In NRC Team

  Four Fiji Airways Drua players have been named in the team of the week after round six of the Australia National Rugby Championship over the weekend. They are loose-head
12 Oct 2017 11:00
Four Drua In NRC Team
Fiji Airways Drua captain John Stewart on the attack against Greater Sydney Rams on October 7,2017 in Sydney. Photo: Zimbio


Four Fiji Airways Drua players have been named in the team of the week after round six of the Australia National Rugby Championship over the weekend.

They are loose-head prop Joeli Veitayaki, Captain John Stewart, elusive winger Avete Daveta and utility backline player Eroni Sau.

The Drua are now second on the points table after scoring a good 57-31 victory over the Greater Sydney Rams at TG Millner Field in Sydney over the weekend.

The Drua take a well-deserved break in round seven  this week and plays RadikeSamo’s Queensland Country to defend the Horan-Little Challenge Cup on October 21 at Churchill Park, Lautoka theyhost the last round of the NRC will be in Suva on October 28 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva against the Sydney Rays.

Since arriving on Sunday, the team will have their first training today at 4pm at the Bidesi Ground in Suva.


Here’s NRC’s round six team of the week.


  1. Joel Veitayaki Jr – Fiji Airways Drua

The Fijian loose-head prop is a force for the NRC debutants and proved typically influential at Eastwood on Saturday. Much is made of the Drua backs, but the impact of players like Veitayaki in the pack are just as important.

  1. Andrew Ready – Brisbane City

Brisbane City’s win over the Rays may just be a turning point for Ready. He struggled to find form in an indifferent Super Rugby season, but his best game of the year emerged at Pittwater Park. The hooker scored a double and was monumental in tight as well.

  1. Taniela Tupou – Queensland Country

Starting to find the consistency that has eluded him in the early parts of his career. The tighthead prop is going from strength to strength, flourishing in a team that prides itself on physicality.

  1. Rory Arnold – Canberra Vikings

Arnold was sent back to the NRC to play more rugby and the lock made the most of it in the Vikings’ big win over the Rising.The 27-year-old was aggressive and effective against the Rising.

  1. Blake Enever – Canberra Vikings

Enever is highly-rated by the Vikings and Brumbies, signed until 2020, and his combination with Arnold in Melbourne showed why. The 25-year-old had five carries for 70- metres, with two linebreaks along the way. The locking stocks in the nation’s capital are looking good.

  1. Rob Valetini – Canberra Vikings

Valetini showed his versatility, lining up at blindside for the Vikings on Sunday. He scored a double, finished with an immense 17 tackles as well. Just shades Queensland Country’s Angus Scott-Young for this.

  1. Tom Cusack – Canberra Vikings

Former Aussie Sevens player Tom Cusack has set the tone for Canberra this season and he continued that on Sunday.

The backrower was elusive in attack and finished with eight tackles and three turnovers in defence.

  1. Albert Tuisue – Greater Sydney Rams

Tuisue was facing off against his native Fiji at Eastwood and he took things to a new level there. Had 100 run metres, a try assist and five tackle busts.

  1. Nick Frisby – Brisbane City

Frisby is similar to Ready, having fallen out of favour at Super Rugby and Test level after a breakout 2016 season. The scrumhalf used the NRC start to make an impact and this is where any turnaround would need to begin for him.

  1. Tayler Adams – NSW Country Eagle.

Adams is nominally the least-experienced 10 in the NRC, having never been at a Super Rugby team, but he is steering the Eagles well this year, adding on to a standout Shute Shield year.

  1. Apete Daveta – Fijian Drua

Daveta was involved in most of the key moments in the Drua’s win over the Rams, topping off that effort with two tries. Had a ridiculous 183 run metres along the way.


  1. Eroni Sau – Fijian Drua

Sau can certainly make metres, notching up 104 off eight carries against the Rams, added to eight tackle busts and two linebreaks.

  1. John Stewart – Fijian Drua

The Fijian captain leads the way for his team and was influential again on Saturday. Had a try and two assists, to 184 run metres off 11 carries.

  1. Ed Fidow – Brisbane City

Fidow has been Brisbane’s breakout star of this year’s NRC and he had another impressive outing on Sunday. Another try for the Samoan Sevens international added to 71 run metres and four tackle busts.

  1. Jack Maddocks – Melbourne Rising

Maddocks is one of the most promising young players in Australia and he continues to shine in a difficult season for the Rising.

The second-year NRC fullback had 105 run metres in Frankston.


Edited by Grace  Narayan




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