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Outplayed

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua suf­fered their first loss in the National Rugby Champion­ship on their first away home game against defending champions Queensland Country. Queensland gave the Fijian Drua a
16 Sep 2018 10:29
Outplayed
Jordan Petaia scores one of his 3 tries for Queensland Country despite tackles from Alivereti Veitokani and Veremalua Vugakoto during their clash at BB Print Stadium Mackay on September 15, 2018. Photo: Queensland Reds

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua suf­fered their first loss in the National Rugby Champion­ship on their first away home game against defending champions Queensland Country.

Queensland gave the Fijian Drua a 52-22 thrashing at the BB Print Sta­dium Mackay yesterday.

What happened: The Fijian Drua drew first blood with a try to Avete Daveta in the 2nd minute to lead 5-0.

Queensland replied with a try from Jordan Petaia in the 10th min­ute which was converted by Ham­ish Stewart.

A yellow card to halfback Frank Lomani for a professional foul did not help the side as the Queens­lander took advantage of their tons of possession and mistackles by the Drua, giving the host five tries, Pe­taia (2), Jock Campbell (2) and Dun­can Paia’aua (1). Four of the tries were converted by Stewart, giving the host the lead 40-5.

A penalty try to the Drua had Country leading 40-12 at halftime.

Halftime: Queensland 40-12 Fijian Drua

With a sloppy first half, the Fijian Drua regained momentum, which allowed Apisalome Waqatabu to score their second try to close the gap to 40-17.

Queensland Reds winger Filipo Daugunu dodged past the Drua for­wards to score a try, with a conver­sion from Stewart to further their lead to 47-17.

Ratunaisa Nauma replied by scor­ing a try in the 72nd minute.

But Harry Wilson had the last laugh scoring the final try which was converted by Stewart.

Fulltime: Queensland 55-22 Fijian Drua

Edited by Osea Bola

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