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‘Pocket Rocket’ Eyes Fijian 7s Spot

Nadi’s try scoring machine Vilikesa Driu has now set his eyes on playing for the Fijian sevens team at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Dubbed the ‘Pocket Rocket’,
03 Nov 2020 10:13
‘Pocket Rocket’ Eyes Fijian 7s Spot
Nadi rugby winger Vilikesa ‘Pocket Rocket’ Driu beats Tailevu’s Simeli Koniferedi and Paula Nayacakalou during the Skipper Cup/ Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy clash at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on October 31, 2020. Nadi won 28-10. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Nadi’s try scoring machine Vilikesa Driu has now set his eyes on playing for the Fijian sevens team at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Dubbed the ‘Pocket Rocket’, he has mesmerised this year’s Skipper Cup competition with his speed, elusive side-step and tenacious defence.

The Namotomoto, Nadi, native rose to the limelight when he sped around Suva and Fijian 7s winger Alasio ‘Mr Nitro’ Naduva to score a try in the earlier rounds of the Skipper Cup.

Then Driu, with a neat side-step sped past Onisi Ratave to score Nadi’s winning try in the 22-21 win over Namosi to hoist the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy.

Last Saturday, trailing Tailevu 5-3, Driu’s sheer speed saw him beat full-back Simeli Koniferedi to the tryline right at halftime dotting down Nadi’s first try on their way to a 28-10 win.

“I had a great season,” the nippy winger told SUNsports.

“I’m proud to be part of this Nadi team to bring the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy and to keep it for 2021.

“I want to represent the Fiji sevens team if given a chance. It’s all up to the selection but I have shown a glimpse of what I can do.”

Driu said over the years there had been a lot of good 7s players in the World Sevens Series and now he wants to be part of that too.

“The Olympic Games is another one. I remembered when Fiji won the gold medal in Rio, the whole of Fiji came alive that day.

“Well, you can achieve a lot of goals if you set out your targets.”

Driu comes from a sporting family. His dad and namesake Vilikesa Driu (Snr) represented Nadi and Fiji in football.

“I’m into rugby and right now I believe its time for me to try out for the Fiji sevens team,” the 24-year-old said.

JUST A GLANCE

Driu is a former student of Ratu Navula College.

He plays for Gaunavou in the Nadi Rugby Union club competition but in the NRU franchise competition he represents the Nadi Bay Sharks.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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