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Top 4 Battle

  The semifinalists of the Australian National Rugby Championship will be decided during the last round of games this weekend. It’s exciting as ever as there are six teams still
26 Oct 2017 11:00
Top 4 Battle
Fiji Airways Drua winger, Eroni Sau during training on October 24, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

The semifinalists of the Australian National Rugby Championship will be decided during the last round of games this weekend.

It’s exciting as ever as there are six teams still in the race going into the final round.

Queensland Country, Canberra Vikings, Fiji Airways Drua, Brisbane City, New South Wales Country and Perth Spirit are all in contention.

Therefore the focus is on the John Stewart-captained side to beat the Sydney Rays at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday.

They cannot be complacent sitting on third pace on 21 points as they need to work hard to guarantee a maiden semifinal at the first attempt with a win over the Rays.

The Drua could even finish second with a bonus point win over Sydney Rays, and if Canberra (25pts) lose to the Greater Sydney Rams without a bonus point.

They could still finish in the top four with a loss to the Rays but only if Perth Spirit and one of NSW Country or Brisbane City lose.

But the worst case scenario is the Drua will miss the top four completely with a loss to the Rays without a bonus point, if one of NSW Country (18) or Brisbane City (18) wins and if Perth Spirit (16) beat Queensland Country with a BP.

The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side should have solidify their semis spot last week but were guilty of overconfidence as they crashed to their first home defeat to Queensland Country 24-17 in Lautoka.

It was the game that they should have won even with three players sent off. They had a lot of opportunities to win but made too many simple mistakes.

“It was a very disappointing result,” he said. The game was ours – there was a lot of opportunities, there were a lot of opportunities – and the Country cannot keep up with the pace that we were playing.”

Seruvakula said there will be no chance of the home team taking their opponents lightly.

“We’re going to test a lot of new players, who are going to be playing in the run-on (team) because we are losing six players who are going to the Northern Tour this week with the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians.

“I have faith in my players that they will rise to the occasion.”

The game starts at 6.30pm.

 

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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