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Stats Show Drua’s Strength, Weakness

Statistics have revealed that the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s scrum, are one of the reasons behind their fine performance in their first year in the Super Rugby Pacific competition.
17 May 2022 17:25
Stats Show Drua’s Strength, Weakness
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua tighthead prop Manasa Saulo (left) faces Samuela Tawake, Tevita Ikanivere, Timoci Sauvoli (closest to camera) during a scrum training session. Photo: Fijian Drua

Statistics have revealed that the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s scrum, are one of the reasons behind their fine performance in their first year in the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

With three rounds to go, it has been a fine performance by the Fijians with two wins under their belt.

According to the Super Rugby official statistics the Drua have won 86 per cent of their scrums placing them as equal first with the Chiefs.

Closely followed by the Blues with 85 per cent and Crusaders 84.

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The trust, Drua head coach Mick Byrne, had on the recruitment of veteran tighthead prop Manasa Saulo, who was in the twilight of his career has paid dividend.

This reflected in the much-improved performance of young props like Samuela Tawake, Haereiti Hetet, Jone Koroiduadua, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa and Timoci Sauvoli.

Much could also be said about our upcoming lock forwards of Isoa Nasilasila, Viliame Rarasea, Leone Rotuisolia and Chris Minimbi.

Offloads, we are placed second with 106 while Chiefs are ahead of us with 123.

Runaway tries from the likes of Vinaya Habosi, Joseva Tamani, Kalaveti Ravouvou and Apisalome Vota have seen us beat 285 defenders.

We come second to Hurricanes who have 300. In third place are the Chiefs with 283 and Crusaders in fourth place with 272.

In terms of discipline we are placed ninth with five yellow cards while Queensland Reds top the chart with 11 followed by Blues, Brumbies, Hurricanes and Moana Pasifika with seven.

The area the Drua need to work hard on are the lineouts, where they won 71.5 per cent and placed 12th.

Byrne, in an earlier interview indicated that the hookers cannot be blamed as the process also involves the timing of the jumpers.

So far, Highlanders have the best lineout with 90.7 per cent followed by 89.8 per cent with Melbourne Rebels in third spot with 88 per cent.



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