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Drua To Keep It Simple

NSW Country Eagles on mission to win first NRC. Aussies hope to revive their campaign with a win in Suva on Saturday Fiji Airways Fijian Drua head coach, Senirusi Se­ruvakula
25 Sep 2018 10:00
Drua To Keep It Simple
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua flanker and captain Mosese Voka misses a line-out throw against Sydney Ray at the Concord Oval in Sydney, Australia on September 23, 2018. Photo: Zimbio

NSW Country Eagles on mission to win first NRC. Aussies hope to revive their campaign with a win in Suva on Saturday

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua head coach, Senirusi Se­ruvakula plans to keep things simple as they prepare to take on NSW Country Eagles at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday.

Seruvakula believes there is no room for any fancy stuff but simply for them to focus on do­ing the basics right.

“We just have to go back to the basics and play according to our game pattern,” he said.

“We just have to look at our­selves rather than looking at the opposition.

“We need to have possession at all times and start throwing the ball around and then the space will open up.”

The Fijian Drua fought back from a 19-5 deficit at halftime to edge out Sydney Rays 34-31 at Concord Oval in Sydney on Sun­day while another Fijian Rob Valetini scored the try that mat­tered for Canberra Vikings as they narrowly beat NSW Coun­try Eagles 24-17.

TURNING THINGS AROUND

Despite the loss and being on the second last spot of the NRC points tables, Eagles coach Dar­ren Coleman is confident that they could turn things around starting with the clash against the Drua.

This will make it easier as they will host their final two NRC games.

Heading into the halfway mark of the competition, Coleman hopes his Eagles side can use the heartbreak of 2017 as fire in the belly in their bid to claim a first NRC title in 2018.

The right boot of Perth Spirit flyhalf Peter Grant put a dagger in the heart of NSW Country’s hopes last year, when the former Springbok nailed an 81st minute penalty against eventual pre­miers Queensland Country.

The Spirit win knocked the Country Eagles out of the top four and ended their campaign in the process.

It is a feeling which Coleman hasn’t forgotten.

“Yeah, last year hurt,” Cole­man said.

“It wasn’t the first time we’ve been bumped out in those sorts of circumstances either un­fortunately, but that’s just how footy goes.

“We’ve been there or therea­bouts and competed well the last few years, so we know within ourselves what we can do to im­prove.”

The match kicks-off at 3pm.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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