Drua Look Forward To Face Blues

The game against the Blues on Saturday will be a good test for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua.
21 Apr 2022 12:24
Drua Look Forward To Face Blues
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua flanker Vilive Miramira bursts up field against a Western Force player during their match on March 19, 2022. The Drua play the Blues this Saturday. Photo: Aroha Photography

The game against the Blues on Saturday will be a good test for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua.

Head coach Mick Byrne says playing against the table leaders is a great opportunity for the Fijian Drua. They hope to keep up with the Blues’ pace.

Blues ended an 18-year drought against the Crusaders when they won 27-23 in Christchurch last Saturday.

They face the Fijian Drua at AAMI Park in Melbourne this Saturday at 7:05pm.

“These are the games that they’re really looking forward to,” Byrne said.

“Many times we’ve grown up watching Super Rugby and these are the teams that we sort of looked to as successful teams. Over the years I’ve been in New Zealand, this team won the comp and now our players have chance to win against them. That’s been exciting.

“We haven’t gotten ourselves where we want to be on the ladder, you know we missed a couple of opportunities in the first seven games, but we now got another chance to go out and make a name for ourselves.”

Coming off the bye on Easter weekend, the Fijian Drua have been reflecting on mistakes and lessons from the past eight games.

“You know, it’s just in our nature the way we want to play. We just got to keep working away at the fact that when we get in behind teams, it’s time to capitalise.

“But at the same time if we look back over the year, we will probably have three or four good tries of the year. So we’re happy, we got to try and keep working hard.”

The Blues are the defending champions of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

The side is laced with All Blacks players including Fijian number 8 Hoskins Sotutu, Clab Clarke, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane and Karl Tu’inukuafe.

“I think the key for us is we know they’re going to come at our pace and they’ve got All Blacks around the park upfront.

“We just need to make sure that we meet fire with fire – so to speak.

“They’re going to come into our space and we have to match their pace, the boys are really excited of the opportunity to go out there and take them on,” Byrne added.

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