Super Rugby

Why Red, Yellow Cards: Coach Tells

The failure of Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Nema­ni Nagusa and veteran half­back Frank Lomani’s to handle pressure resulted in them being carded.
04 Apr 2022 15:00
Why Red, Yellow Cards: Coach Tells
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua first five eight Teti Tela delivers a pass against Waratahs at the Cbus Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, on April 1, 2022. Photo: Fijian Drua

The failure of Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Nema­ni Nagusa and veteran half­back Frank Lomani’s to handle pressure resulted in them being carded.

Nagusa got a red card towards the end of the first half for a late high tackle on Waratahs first five eight Tane Edmed, then Lomani copped a yellow card for a third illegal tackle.

Drua assistant coach Brad Harris said the players have got to learn that when under pressure they need to solve it together and not individually.

“It’s always tough when you lose men quite early in the game and our discipline let us down,” Drua first five eight Teti Tela said.

“Playing with 13 men, there are going to be leaks somewhere and it was a big work for us.”

Harris highlighted that despite playing with 13-men then on to 14, the scores was at 17-7 and they were still in the game but the early second half tries from the Wara­tahs, made things more difficult for them.

“We’ve (Drua) got to adapt and learn quickly (of this type of situ­ation and how it hurts us on the scoreboard,” he added.

The Drua were fortunate that re­placement tighthead prop Manasa Saulo was not shown a yellow after being penalised time and again to­wards the end of the match.

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