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Drua Pile The Most Points So Far Against Moana Pasifika

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua piled the most points they have ever done in their debut Super Rugby Pacific when they beat fellow newcomers Moana Pasifika 34-19 at the Commbank Stadium in Sydney, today.
14 May 2022 19:43
Drua Pile The Most Points So Far Against Moana Pasifika
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua halfback Frank Lomani delivers the ball against Moana Pasifika at CommBank Stadium in Sydney, this afternoon. Photo: Stuff

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua piled the most points they have ever done in their debut Super Rugby Pacific when they beat fellow newcomers Moana Pasifika 34-19 at the Commbank Stadium in Sydney, today.

The Meli Derenalagi skippered side scored their first try from No.8 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta after being set-up by lock Viliame Rarasea.

Teti Tela sliced the uprights to see the much improved Fijian pack lead in the first five minutes.

Three and half minutes later gutsy speedster Vinaya Habosi outran the experienced Moana Pacific backs to score his fifth try in the competition.

Teta added another two for the hosts led 14-0.

Then Drua was caught napping giving the opposition through Lincoln McCluchie the opportunity to touch down with the conversion going over

Learning from their mistakes after their loss to Hurricanes last week, the Drua side are slowing finding their niche.

Tireless Derenalagi continually summoned his men and this saw a minimal of unnecessary kicking from Frank Lomani.

Drua despite their 789 kilogrammes against Moana Pasifika’s 811kg managed to contain them.

Teti pushed the Fijians ahead with a penalty, and another conversion that followed Apisalome Vota’s first of his two tries to push the scores to 24-7.

With their weight and experience, the Moana Pasifika forwards was awarded a pushover try.

Halftime: Drua 24-12 Moana Pasifika.

Fresh legs in the second half did wonders for Drua. They scored a converted try and penalty to return to their camp with a bonus point with four tries.

Vota with two tries under his name was also named the Drua standout player picking up the Vinod Patel’s Home & Living $500 shopping voucher.

For mothers

Derenalagi dedicated their second win to all mothers who celebrated mothers’ day last Sunday.

“Finally the hard work we did in the week paid today,” Derenalagi said.

“Following our loss against Hurricanes last week we switched our mindset, it motivated the team.

“We want to thank all our supporters and families here and Fiji for supporting us.

“We dedicate this win to all mothers out there who celebrated Mothers’ Day last week.”

Kepu acknowledged the Druas’ open flair.

In an emotional end of the game ritual among Pacific islanders the two teams kneeled in a circle to sing together ‘Oqo noqu masu (this is my prayer)’ as their thanksgiving to the Almighty.

Moana Pasifika meet Reds while Drua play Crusaders next week.

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