Killing 2 Birds With One Stone

They have made a profound statement. For the most under-resourced team in the competition, they are creating history.
16 Mar 2022 14:24
Killing 2 Birds With One Stone
Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua win Vitalina Naikore scores a try against the Melbourne Rebels in their Super W clash. Photos: Stan Sport

The opportunity to train in a professional environment sets the platform for the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua to kill two birds with one stone.

In their Super W debut the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua squad have been coming away with wins against Melbourne Rebels 66-5 and Queensland Reds 27-12 last week.

They have made a profound statement. For the most under-resourced team in the competition, they are creating history.

The Fijian women’s rugby sevens bronze at the Tokyo Commonwealth was a historic performance that legitimised the pathway for young women to be in the Drua squad.

“It’s a big step and one we’ve been preparing for three years,” coach Senirusi Seruvakula said.

“We need this competition going into the World Cup, so we’re very grateful,” he said.

“And it’s like a trial at the same time for the World Cup.

“Training in a professional environment, it’s what’s needed to play at a standard above you.”

Meanwhile defending Super W champions, NSW Waratahs have survived a surprise scare to preserve their incredible four-year unbeaten record in Super W rugby.

The four-time champions needed two late tries to see off the Western Force 31-14 at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The Drua will play the Western Force next before an anticipated clash with the defending champions (NSW Waratahs) a week later.

With two wins under their belts in their Super Rugby debut the Fijianas have cemented themselves as a team to challenge the Waratah women’s dominance in the competition.

Reds captain Shannon Parry said after their loss last Saturday: “You give them (Fijiana Drua) an extra possession and they kill you.”

With their resounding victory over the Reds and thumping Melbourne Rebels they can be just the team to stop the Waratahs’ winning streak the last four seasons.

The Fijiana Drua have tamed four time runners-up Queensland Reds – nothing is impossible.

“The girls did a good job, but more still to work on,” Fijiana Drua captain Bitila Tawake said.

“Waratahs … yes, we’re definitely looking forward to that game.”

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