Fijian Drua: Battle For Top 4

The teams face each other at 2pm in round five of the Australian National Rugby Championship as teams battle for a semi-finals spot.
28 Sep 2019 12:35
Fijian Drua: Battle For Top 4
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua reps with Johnny Dyer (right) at the Nadi International Airport on September 27, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua loose forward Johnny Dyer says playing the Canberra Vikings at Viking Park today would be tough.

The teams face each other at 2pm in round five of the Australian National Rugby Championship as teams battle for a semi-finals spot.

With three rounds to go, both teams are on nine points with the Vikings 4th and Drua 5th on the points’ standings.

The Vikings registered two wins and two losses so far while the Drua recorded one win, two draws and a loss.

Selected by head coach Senirusi Seruvakula while playing for Vatukoula, Dyer was a member of last year’s winning NRC team.

He knows how tough the Vikings would be after losing 40-35 at Churchill Park, Lautoka and beating them 33-28 in the semi-final last year.

“The Vikings would be tough at home and we need to be at our best

“I thank the team management for giving me another chance to shine in 2019,” Dyer said.

“It is a privilege to be part of the team and I did not think that I will go this far.

“While other players have joined the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and Republic of Fiji Military Forces team, it provides the opportunity for our players playing in the Skipper Cup Premiership and Vodafone Vanua Championship to prove their worth,” said the Naduitagi, Macuata native who has maternal link to Lasakau, Bau, Tailevu.

Dyer said the three things that keep him going are his family, God and rugby.

He was brought up in Vatukoula, attended Tavua College and worked for five years at Vatukoula Gold Mine.

The 27-year old made his debut for Vatukoula against Nadi at home in 2009, played five years for Vatukoula before he spent two season in New Zealand then returned to play for Malolo in the Skipper Cup in 2018.

Meanwhile, Seruvakula agreed that the Vikings would have the advantage playing at home after naming his team yesterday.

Enele Malele, who will celebrate his birthday this weekend, will play at No.15 while victorious Republic of Fiji Military Forces World Defence Trophy champions Penijamini Makutu, Filimoni Seru and Peni Naulago are expected to add firepower off the bench.

Seruvakula said: “We are trying our best to get there and the players have started to have that bond, with the right combinations and playing our Fijian style.”

Seruvakula highlighted Vikings will throw everything to win the match.

“It will be a tough against the Vikings with five Wallabies on stand-by and 12 contracted Brumbies.

“We just have to stick to our game plan,” he said.

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua squad:

1.Joeli Veitayaki, 2. Tevita Ikanivere, 3 Mosese Ducivaki, 4 Tevita Naqali, 5 Epeli Radaniva, 6 Eremasi Radrodro, 7 Ulaiasi Lawavou, 8 Jonny Dyer, 9 Serupepeli Vularika, 10 Caleb Muntz, 11 Jiuta Wainiqolo, 12 Cyril Reece, 13 Poasa Waqanibau, 14 Nacanieli Narekuva, 15 Enele Malele.

Reserves: 16 Ratunaisa Navuma, 17 Ratu Penijamini Makutu, 18 Timoci Sauvoli, 19 Peni Naulago, 20 Filimoni Seru, 21 Peni Matawalu, 22 Peceli Nacebe, 23 Aporosa Tabulawaki.

Edited by Osea Bola


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