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Fire From Start

The Mosese Voka-captained Fiji Air­ways Fijian Drua need to sharpen up their game on Saturday, says John McKee. The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach fires the warning before the
24 Oct 2018 11:00
Fire From Start
Fiji Airways Drua rep Enele Malele(left) on attack during training at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Mosese Voka-captained Fiji Air­ways Fijian Drua need to sharpen up their game on Saturday, says John McKee.

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach fires the warning before the Senirusi Seru­vakula-coached side play in their first ever Australian National Rugby Championship final at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Since last year, the Drua have lost all three encounters to Queensland Country but Mc­Kee believes the team will be playing under immense pressure on Saturday.

McKee highlighted the Drua came from be­hind victory to beat Canberra Vikings for the second time this season, with a 35-28 last Sat­urday at Lautoka.

“They need to sharpen up and fire from the start instead of playing catch up as they did last weekend,”McKee said.

“In the first half they went out of their game plan little bit too much in the slippery condition.

“On their own half they should play more direct rugby which suits the condition.”

McKee said impact players coming off the bench are making impact.

“Definitely the bench plays an important role as they lifted the tempo of the game when they come in,”he said.

“Now the coach is very pleased with the team. Players now have to make an impact when they come out from the bench.

“I guess the young props and Johnny Dyer held his feet in the game.

“That is the one of the credits that goes to those on the bench in the second half.

“They got some good things and there are few things that I will be pointing out to them. They need to sharpen up few things as this is the final.

“It will be tough against Queensland Coun­try so it will be a massive game.

“A good crowd turned up last week and hopefully again this week.

“I know the volume of the crowd gave the boys a great lift in the second half.”

McKee was impressed with the Drua play­ers who are part of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians who have cemented their spot for the Northern Tour.

“It’s amazing when you see players like Ero­ni Mawi, Luke Tagi and Frank Lomani com­ing through,”he said.

“They come through the ranks, the Un­der-18 and U20 and making quick progress to the high levels of the game.

“This competition is very valuable for us and from my point of view the local players going to the November Tour are they going to be prepared for test match rugby.”

The match kicks off at 3.30pm.

Edited by Osea Bola

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