Mcmillan Wants ‘Performance Of Quality’

The Gallagher Chiefs are ready to play in the Lautoka heat in today’s must-win encounter against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua.
28 May 2022 11:05
Mcmillan Wants ‘Performance Of Quality’
Gallagher Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan (left) with No.8 Pita Gus Sowakula as they prepare for today’s clash against the Fijian Drua at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: Fijian Drua

The Gallagher Chiefs are ready to play in the Lautoka heat in today’s must-win encounter against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua.

That will ensure the Chiefs of fourth place on the Super Rugby Pacific table, and with it will come the all-important home advantage for the quarterfinals next weekend.

They go into the final round of regular season three points ahead of the Hurricanes and four ahead of the Waratahs.

The Hurricanes travel to Perth to take on the Force, who are chasing the last qualifying spot after their bonus-point win over Moana Pacific mid-week, while the Waratahs host the Blues.

“It’s a simple equation for us,” said Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan.

“Get the win and we can go home to play in front of our fans for the quarterfinal. We need to focus on doing our job and producing a performance of quality from the first to the 80th minute.

“We know the Drua will throw the kitchen-sink at us for their final game of the season. They have some tremendous athletes if we give them possession and room to run.

“We need to do the basics, control possession and territory, and have confidence to execute and convert our opportunities.”

Helping the cause will be the long-awaited return of Chiefs centurion, Brodie Retallick, who broke his thumb in the clash against the Crusaders two months ago. Retallick will join fellow All Black Tupou Vaa’i in the locks.

It will be a homecoming for Pita Gus Sowakula, who was born in Lautoka, and Emoni Narawa also born in Fiji, both getting the chance to run out in the starting 15 on home soil.

With co-captain, Sam Cane out with injury, the versatile Luke Jacobsen moves to openside, Pita Gus moving back to Number 8 and Samipeni Finau completing the loose forward trio.

The only change in the backline will see midfielder Alex Nankivell move to the left wing with Rameka Poihipi to partner the in-form Quinn Tupaea in the midfield.

There is added good news on the bench with the return of Josh Ioane and Jonah Lowe.

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