SPORTS | Super Rugby

Our Backs Need To Lift Game

The Hurricanes scored 11 tries to one in their 67-5 win over the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua at the Sky Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. Despite making 11 changes, the Drua side failed to execute their game plan against a resilient Hurricanes side, which prompted captain, Meli Derenalagi, to call on the players to change their attitude.
10 May 2022 10:20
Our Backs Need To Lift Game
Hurricanes No.8 Tyler Laubscher (with ball) tries to break away from Simione Kuruvoli’s tackle as Isoa Nasilasila and Meli Derenalagi close in at the Sky Stadium, Wellington on May 8, 2022. Photo: Stuff

The Hurricanes scored 11 tries to one in their 675 win over the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua at the Sky Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.

Despite making 11 changes, the Drua side failed to execute their game plan against a resilient Hurricanes side, which prompted captain, Meli Derenalagi, to call on the players to change their attitude.

Sloppy passing, poor ball handling and mis-tackles were the order of the day to the disappointment of the Drua fans.

 

How we rate our players:
15. Kitione Taliga – Quiet game, had a few touches but lots of aimless kicking: 2

14. Selestino Ravutaumada – He was lost in the game: 1

13. Apisalome Vota – Had a few carries, did a few tackles but was always lateral. He is always direct and offers nothing new: 1

12. Jona Mataiciwa – A young player that showed maturity at secondfive eighth with good defence and running lines: 3

11. Kitione Ratu – Had a few line breaks but was not effective, stayed out on the wing for most times: 2

10. Caleb Muntz – Completely shut out of the game. Too flat in attack and scrambled on defence: 1

9. Simione Kuruvoli – Started well, tried to command proceedings but had to be replaced due to injury: 2

8. Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta – Played well especially with his handling. Skilful and dynamic from the back of the scrum, carried the ball well. Good on attack and defence: 6

7. Kitione Salawa Jnr – His performance made a strong statement. Big engine, and he produced some skilful moments when needed to. He won two turnovers and was relentless in attack and defence: 7

6. Meli Derenalagi – He was tough and took what came at him. Showed his skills with his good defensive work rate: 6.5

5. Sorovakatini Tuifagalele – Good at scrummaging, hard running with good carries: 5

4. Isoa Nasilasila – Accurate at the lineout and punched some holes in the Hurricanes defensive line with some big carries: 7

3. Samuela Tawake – Stayed consistent. Put on his best performance. Powerful in the scrums and was a beast on defense. He was often seeing driving back the Hurricanes with his upper body strength: 8

2. Zuriel Togiatama – Lineout throws has improved and was dominant in the scrums. Also got his hands on the ball in the wider channels: 7

1. Haereiti Hetet – Stood his ground delivered 60 minutes of strong performance. Good at scrum: 8

 

Reserves
Manasa Saulo – Powerful in the scrum when he came in the second half, had an impact in the second half with good carries: 6

Meli Tuni – Improved from his last game and was good at scrums and general play: 4

Tevita Ikanivere – Big hooker seemed to be everywhere when he came off the bench. Had some good throws and scrums: 5

Chris Minimbi – Ignited the Drua forwards when he came in to replace Tuifagalele, good scrummaging and lineout work: 6

Raikabula Momoedonu – Continued his good performance in the scrums and made some solid carries: 5

Leone Nawai – Very elusive and fast delivery from the base of the scrum, replaced Kuruvoli early in the game and had a good game: 6

Onisi Ratave – Showed his class and scored the Drua’s only point of the match, good defence and attacking line speed: 5

 

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