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Brisbane Test For Our Drua

A victory over Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship on Saturday would set the platform for the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua.
29 Aug 2019 13:10
Brisbane Test For Our Drua
Fiji Airways Drua reps, Ulaiyasi Lawavou, Peceli Nacebe, Jone Navori and Ifereimi Tovilevu at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A victory over Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship on Saturday would set the platform for the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula made the comment as the side departed yesterday for the showdown at Ashgrove Sports Ground.

The defending champions retained nine players from last year’s successful campaign.

“It has given the opportunity for other players to step up and that’s good for us in the long run,” he said.

“Local players need to play in this kind of competition to gain experience as it is a pathway to the Flying Fijians.”

He said their first game against Brisbane City will not be easy.

“It will be a testing ground giving opportunities to the players to showcase their talents.

“We have been working on that in the past three weeks.

“All the teams will be ready for us and will want to beat us in the early stages.”

The side returns on Tuesday and would be back in camp on Wednesday to prepare for second round against the Western Force on Saturday week at the ANZ Stadium.

“It will be another tough game playing against Western Force as we will be defending the Horan/Little Shield,”he said.

“After that we will go back to Sydney. It is in and out of the country. But the fifth and the sixth rounds are two matches away playing against Canberra Vikings in Canberra and then travel to Melbourne and then we play our last game in the seventh round against Queensland Country at Lawaqa Park.”

Vice-captain Serupepeli Vularika attended the 2019 NRC launch in Australia yesterday.

Seruvakula expects to name his match 23 today.

Brisbane City ready to step

Brisbane City captain Fraser McReight says he and his team are ready to take the next step in this year’s NRC.

City were dominant in the early seasons of the NRC but finished mid-table last year, missing out on the semi-finals after an inconsistent campaign.

McReight, who skippered the Junior Wallabies to their first World Rugby U20s final in eight years earlier in 2019, was a regular for Brisbane City last year but said he couldn’t find his groove in his maiden NRC season.

Twelve months on and with a year in the Super Rugby system and a Reds debut under his belt on top of his representative duties have given McReight the confidence he feels he lacked just 12 months ago.

“I didn’t really find my best form last year, maybe just a bit of confidence was lacking and I’m not too sure what happened,” he said.

“I think the Reds’ preseason helped me immensely with my rugby, then playing U20s and having Super Rugby, I’ve learned a lot of things through experience, through Samu (Kerevi), Higgers (Scott Higginbotham), Wrongas (Liam Wright), all these really good footy players and really good minds in the game just moulding you and telling you what to do.

“In big games just calm your nerves and go back to the basics and I think that’s going to help the team this year a lot.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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