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It’s Canberra Vikings Again

Fijian Drua coach calls on fans not to watch TV but to be at the ground on Saturday to cheer them on in their first NRC home semi-final The Fiji
15 Oct 2018 12:35
It’s Canberra Vikings Again
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua reps (left-right) Lepani Raiyala, Luke Tagi and Johnny Dyer at Nadi International Airport on October 14,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fijian Drua coach calls on fans not to watch TV but to be at the ground on Saturday to cheer them on in their first NRC home semi-final

The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua are going to face Canberra Vikings in the 2018 National Rugby Championship semi-final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Satur­day. The match kicks-off at 2pm.

Vikings booked their semi-final spot after a 13-10 win over Brisbane City at Bottomley Park, Queensland yesterday.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor has called on rugby fans to come out in big numbers to support the Drua side in their semi-final clash as they aim to make the final this year.

“We’re grateful for the good performance of the players in their 33-28 win over Force to fin­ish at the top of the points table,” O’Connor said.

In their earlier pool clash in Lautoka, the Mosese Voka captained- Drua side escaped with a 40-35 win over the Vikings.

Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they would work hard to fix certain areas of their play like ball handing, offside, set pieces, scrums and line- outs.

“It was a good game against Force but also it was disappointing as a coach,” he said.

“There were a lot of errors that we did from the start and also on our defence.

“We created the problems ourselves as that was not our game pattern. We were to go out to score tries, attack and do our set pieces.”

Seruvakula said playing Vikings means an­other tough week is again ahead of them.

“We have to prepare well. At the moment there are no injuries, everyone is fit to go.

“I think there will be changes, we will final­ise once I look at the way we train.

“Everyone stood out and everyone played their part and I’m proud of them.

“I know it was a disappointment but I’m proud of them that we stuck to our plan to come back to Fiji rather than staying back for an away semi-final.”

Seruvakula has again urged fans to come out in numbers to the ground instead of watching it at home on TV.

“This is the first time we are holding a home semi-final and the boys need your support to boost their morale on the field,” he added.

FLYING FIJIANS

Today, FRU is expected to annouce the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the Europe tour next month.

Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is to finalise his squad this morning after moni­toring the weekend performance of the over­seas-based players in Europe.

As expected about nine players from the Drua side are to make the tour after a sterling performance during the NRC.

It is understood that the Flying Fijians could have a new captain since Akapusi Qera is currently without a club and is still nego­tiating.

Those that are likely to replace Qera are lock forward Leone Nakarawa, former cap­tain Dominiko Waqaniburotu, veteran Ve­reniki Goneva who has been the vice-captain and loose-head prop Campese Ma’afu.

The Flying Fijians will play against Scot­land, Uruguay and France during the tour.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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