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Learn And Move On, Says Captain

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Meli Derenalagi said their bye this Easter weekend should help them learn from their mistakes. Speaking after their 33-12 loss to the Brumbies in their Super Rugby Pacific clash on Saturday night, he indicated that it is a matter of learning and coming out stronger for their next game.
11 Apr 2022 10:39
Learn And Move On, Says Captain
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua winger Onisi Ratave scores the first of his two tries against Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia, on April 9, 2022. The Drua lost 33-12. Photo: Fijian Drua

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Meli Derenalagi said their bye this Easter weekend should help them learn from their mistakes.

Speaking after their 33-12 loss to the Brumbies in their Super Rugby Pacific clash on Saturday night, he indicated that it is a matter of learning and coming out stronger for their next game.

“I’ve come this far through the help of the boys,” he said after being asked about his transition from sevens to fifteens rugby.

Derenalagi highlighted the assistance of captain, Nemani Nagusa, (who is on a four- week suspension) in terms of leadership.

“Nem’s help gave me the confidence to lead the team,” he added.

Derenalagi said they know things would get tougher as they are now going to play the New Zealand teams.

The Drua take on Auckland Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne on April 23 before taking on the Highlanders on April 30 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The Highlanders is captained by Aaron Smith, who is regarded as the world’s top halfback along with Fijian players like Vereniki Tikomaisolome, Mosese Dawai, Vilimoni Koroi and Jona Nareki.

“It means a lot to the boys to be playing at home. That should not be a distraction for us in achieving what we have set out to do,” Derenalagi pointed out.

Brumbies captain Nic White after the match saluted the Drua players and officials for their participation and being away from their families.

Meanwhile, Drua winger Onisi Ratave was named Home and Living Player of the Match after scoring two tries. He wins $500 shopping voucher from Vinod Patel Hardware.



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