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Learning From Loss

The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua side will need to focus on get­ting their set pieces correct against the Sydney Rays on Sun­day. This is if they are to maintain their
19 Sep 2018 11:42
Learning From Loss
Fiji Airways Drua XV Peni Naulago, Frank Lomani, Avete Daveta, Joeli Veiteyaki and Eremasi Radrodro during traning at the Nadi International School ground yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua side will need to focus on get­ting their set pieces correct against the Sydney Rays on Sun­day.

This is if they are to maintain their second spot placing in the fourth round of the National Rugby Championships

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula ad­mitted after scoring big wins in the first two rounds, the players tasted their own medicine in the 22-52 loss to Queensland Country last Satur­day.

“Fijian Drua tasted their own medicine on Saturday and it is a big learning curve for us in playing against experienced players,”Seruvakula said.

“On Saturday players were not focused from the start. And our op­ponents did their homework really well and played to plan.

“All Australian teams are review­ing our every game and from now on it would not be easy.

“We will have to be consistent with our next play in order to main­tain our spot in the NRC standings.

“We will have to get our set pieces right. Our hookers need to be accu­rate in their throws in the lineouts and everyone has to work together in that process. We need to speed things up and do it accurately.

Seruvakula added the players need to understand and play ac­cording to the game pattern that is given to them to follow

“At the moment everyone is fit to train and there are no major inju­ries in the team.”

He added players have talked about on what went wrong last week.

“We need to get better and re­group quickly and play together this Sunday and come back home with a win.

 

Wallabies return for Sydney-Country clash

A quartet of Wallabies will return to the NRC for a Sydney-Country derby at Leich­hardt Oval tonight.

NSW Country will have Ned Hanigan, Tolu Latu and Tom Robertson in their side for the mid-week clash, with the trio re­leased by the Wallabies.

Tighthead prop Sekope Kepu was also in the mix for a Country outing but his inclu­sion will depend on the looming arrival of his fourth child.

Lock Rob Simmons will have another chance to play for the Rays after a false start almost two weeks ago when he was named to play but called up to the Walla­bies squad in Brisbane at the last minute.

It’s a match Country flanker and Berry product Will Miller rates as one of the most important of the year outside of Su­per Rugby.

“I think it’s one of the biggest games of the year,” he said.

“Outside of finals, it’s a rivalry and some­thing big that’s a huge opportunity to give it to the City boys so all the Country boys should be excited.”

Rays centre Curtis Rona said there had been plenty of barbs between the Wara­tahs contingent ahead of the game

“It’s going to be a massive occasion for us because all the boys are really pumped because we’re versing each other,” he said.

“We’ve trained with each other all year and there’s a bit of banter going on in the gym in the weights room, so we’re looking forward to it.

Edited by Osea Bola

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