SPORTS

Highlanders Beat Drua In Front Of Home Crowd

Highlanders came from behind to win 27-24 against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua in their Round 10 Super Rugby Pacific clash at the National Stadium in Suva this evening.
30 Apr 2022 20:15
Highlanders Beat Drua In Front Of Home Crowd
Action from the Fiji Drua vs Highlanders match. Photo: Ronald Kumar

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Highlanders came from behind to win 27-24 against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua in their Round 10 Super Rugby Pacific clash at the National Stadium in Suva this evening.

The Fijians led by Ratu Meli Derenalagi were determined in their game playing structured rugby and fast pace in their first home game.

Captain courageous Derenalagi was instrumental in leading the boys in the attack and defence.

The Drua had their chances in both halves but set pieces execution cost them the game.

At half time the Drua were leading convincingly 24-17 with a thought of pulling the game away.

It took the Highlanders 60 minutes to settle when they returned in the second spell.

The visitors slowed the pace of the game and denied the hosts possession and territory.

They controlled the game and made sure the local boys struggled throughout.

The win pushed the Highlanders to eighth in the overall Super Rugby Pacific table.

Action from the Fiji Drua vs Highlanders match. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Action from the Fiji Drua vs Highlanders match. Photo: Ronald Kumar

What Happened

Boss man Vinaya Habosi and Apisalome Vota combined well setting up scum half Frank Lomani to score in the third minute of play and the try successfully converted by Teti Tela to take a 7-0 lead.

Highlanders replied with a try to Sam Gilbert in the ninth minute with a conversation by Mitch Hunt to level the score 7-all.

The Drua capitalised from a Highlanders blunder and found Vinaya Habosi in the 18th minute of play sprinting 60 metres to increase their score with a conversation by Tela 14-7.

The Highlanders were awarded a penalty in the 21st minute of play that was converted by Hunt to close the deficit 14-10.

Smart play from Teti Tela to chip a kick behind the Highlanders defensive line found Kalivati Ravouvou in the 25 minutes of play and converted by Tela to lead 25-10.

Power play by number eight Marino Nu’u as scored in the 34th minute with a Hunt conversation to edge closer 21-17.

The Drua were awarded a penalty right on halftime and Tela kicked the conversation over to take the lead.

Halftime 24-17 to the Fijian Drua.

The visitors started to move the ball around and applied pressure.

Despite the numerous attacks by the Highlanders the Drua were ruthless in defense.

Hunt increased the visitors’ score when he kicked a penalty conversation in the 47th minute 24 – 20.

The Highlanders then capitalized from a Drua mistake and went for touch, a good maul have super sub Ryhs Marshall the opportunity to score a try in the 50th minute of play and a conversation by Hunt to take home the 27-24 victory.



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