Opinion

EDITORIAL: Indiscipline Continues To Haunt Our Game

The Fiji Airways Drua needs to put together a disciplined performance in the last round of the Australian National Rugby Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. It’s
22 Oct 2017 12:25
EDITORIAL: Indiscipline  Continues  To Haunt Our Game

The Fiji Airways Drua needs to put together a disciplined performance in the last round of the Australian National Rugby Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday.

It’s unfortunate that they have to put pressure on themselves in the last game hoping to stay alive in the competition.

The John Stewart–captained side simply needs to play and execute what they have been drilled to do during hours of training.

Fans are enjoying the progress the Drua have made and they need to put on a more polished performance against the Sydney Rays.

They had a chance to solidify their place in the top four but blew it yesterday. We are a good attacking team but we are also easy to crack under pressure.

We have been highlighting more than enough the importance for teams to keep 15 players on the park at all times.

But indiscipline continues to haunt our game simply because we failed to play by the rules.

While we thought players have learned from the mistakes of the past, it seems old habits die hard and its affecting our performance.

Players trained to win the game but they played to lose at Churchill Park simply because they made it hard for themselves.

Queensland Country returned to Australia with the Horan-Little Shield after they became the first side to beat the Fiji Airways Drua on home soil, 24-17.

The four-tries-to-three win means Country jump to top spot on the NRC table, and they will be looking to wrap up a home final in next weekend’s final round match against Perth Spirit.

The Drua picked up a bonus point in the seven-point loss but are vulnerable in their quest to qualify for a maiden NRC finals series.

Our progress will depend on the outcome of the results of other games.

The Drua simply did not allow themselves to take control of the game because of indiscipline.

Yellow and red cards have become customary in modern rugby and it’s worrisome. The question that should be asked is whether players realise how costly a one-man disadvantage can prove in the end.

Yesterday we had three players sent off which was a record for the Drua. In the first game against Brisbane City in September, we had two players sent off   

I can’t help but wonder whether enough emphasis is being placed on the importance of maintaining discipline throughout an entire match.

The Drua found themselves in early penalty trouble, with the tally climbing to 9-0 against them at one point during the first half.

Lock Mataiasi Ucutabua found himself in the sin bin in the 24th minute after repeated infringements.

Fullback Apisalome Waqatabu was sent off for tripping, a totally unacceptable and stupid offence.

Mosese Ducivaki earned the home side’s third card of the day in the 55th minute.

The Drua are fortunate to stay third on the standings after the Greater Sydney Rays defeated Brisbane City 31-19 yesterday.

But we need an improved performance against the Rays to stay alive and last.

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