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Queensland Country speedster Filipo Daugunu in frame to earn deal with Reds The Fiji Airways Drua needs to watch out for fellow Fijian Filipo Daugunu on Saturday. The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached
19 Oct 2017 11:00
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Filipo Daugunu has been in red-hot form for Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship.Photo: Post Courier

Queensland Country speedster Filipo Daugunu in frame to earn deal with Reds

The Fiji Airways Drua needs to watch out for fellow Fijian Filipo Daugunu on Saturday.

The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side play Queensland Country during the Australian National Rugby Championship crucial round seven encounter at Churchill Park.

No one has been more exceptional in the National Rugby Championship in the last few rounds than the former Labasa football goalkeeper, Daugunu.

He has been described by as an ‘absolute superstar, lightning quickly’ after he scored four tries in the 57-31 victory against Taqele Naiyaravoro’s Greater Sydney Rams last weekend.

He joins four others as the only players to have scored four in an NRC game.

The 10-try form of Daugunu has put the little-known Fijian flyer on the Queensland Reds’ radar for a development player contract.

Daugunu, 22, has been exceptional in Queensland Country’s rise to second in the National Rugby Championship and he’s done it under the gaze of Country and new Reds coach Brad Thorn.

It’s not just the pace that enabled him to score four tries but his sharp anticipation resulted in him netting two intercepts.

The Fiji Airways Drua need to keep a tab on Daugunu as he has a high work rate and loves roaming off his wing looking for work and can also kick because of his football background.

With two rounds remaining, the race for the top four spots intensifies with the Canberra Vikings leading on (25), Queensland Country (24), Fiji Airways Drua (20) and Brisbane City (18).

The Drua needs to be spot on Saturday as they are sandwiched between two Queensland teams, City and Country.

Members of the Fiji Airways Drua side during training at Prince Charles Park on October 18,2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Members of the Fiji Airways Drua side during training at Prince Charles Park on October 18,2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The bye this weekend might not affect Canberra Vikings at all, with Queensland Country and Drua to take points off each other on Saturday. Queensland Country then faces defending champions Perth Spirit in the final round, which could have huge ramifications for both sides. The Drua face 8th placed Sydney Rays at the ANZ Stadium next Saturday.

Brisbane City are in a really good place now. In fact, Queensland Country and Brisbane City are both in the NRC top four for the first time.

City should be too good for Greater Sydney this weekend, though NSW Country the following week – especially if they’re still alive – will be no pushover.

Canberra Vikings will play Greater Sydney Rams in the last round.

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