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Byrne Shattered With Drua’s Second Half Performance

Individual play, aimless kicking and poor game management contributed to our 27-24 Super Rugby Pacific home game loss to the Highlanders on Saturday night.
02 May 2022 13:45
Byrne Shattered With Drua’s Second Half Performance
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Meli Derenalagi (left) and head coach Mick Byrne during the press conference at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on April 30, 2022 Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Individual play, aimless kicking and poor game management contributed to our 27-24 Super Rugby Pacific home game loss to the Highlanders on Saturday night.

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Swire Fijian head coach Mick Byrne said he was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“I think it was great excitement, it’s great to be at home but I’m very disappointed, especially with the way we started the second half,” Byrne said.

“We went after things ourselves and lost our way. All these little things really cost us at the end of the day. The home crowd was fantastic but they didn’t disappoint us but we disappointed them.

“We slowed the game down, we didn’t exit, a cou­ple of ball kicks and we just let them stay in the game in the beginning of that second half.

“We’ll take our learnings from that and we’ll sit down have a look at what they were thinking through that process.

“We showed them how we can play the game and then we slept on the job. The job now is to find out from the playing group a little bit about that first fifteen minutes and how we can maintain that.”

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain head coach Mick Byrne said they had disappointed the fans with their poor second half performance at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on April 30, 2022 Photo: Ronald Kumar

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain head coach Mick Byrne said they had disappointed the fans with their poor second half performance at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on April 30, 2022 Photo: Ronald Kumar

He said they were pinned in our half through­out the second half.

“Full credit to the Highlanders they showed how Super Rugby should be played. Fifteen play­ers came out in the second half and stuck to their task,” Byrne added.

Drua captain Meli Derenalagi said the players played their hearts out.

“We played a disappointing game but hats off to the boys for playing their hearts out,” he said.

“It was good to have that lead in the first half but we lost concentration in the second half. We were selfish and did not follow what coach Mick had set for us. There was a lot individual play that let us down, there are a lot of learnings taken from here.

“We can’t afford to switch off in the second half because this is Super Rugby. I want to thank the fans for coming out in numbers and for always supporting the Drua. We apologise for not getting the win but we will get there soon.”

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