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Byrne Outlines Fijian Drua’s Next Move

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua players are going to take a rest before they regroup in the second week of July.
29 May 2022 12:01
Byrne Outlines Fijian Drua’s Next Move
PHOTO CAPTIONS: Action from the Super Rugby Pacific clash between the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and the Chiefs at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on May 28, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua players are going to take a rest before they regroup in the second week of July.

This was confirmed by head coach Mick Byrne indicating that it is important for players to rest and spend time with their families after six months of being away.

“We’ll get back in July and start our work (off-season programme),” he said.

Byrne said some of the players would be playing for their club in the competitions they are taking part in.

He also indicated that at the moment they are also doing their reviews

Byrne said they had known in February that utility back Onisi Ratave would be joining Benetton for the next season.

“Onisi told us that wanted a one year contract with Drua because he had signed up with Benetton,” he said.

Drua captain Nemani Nagusa thanked their supporters and families for standing behind them during the Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

They ended their debut Super Rugby Pacific season with a 35-34 loss to the Chiefs at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

A last minute surge by the Drua after they ran in three quick tries saw hooker Tevita Ikanivere being tackled and put into touch.

The 11,000 spectators came alive when Drua fought back from a 35-13 deficit to run in tries to second five eight Kalaveti Ravouvou, centre Apisalome Vota and Timoci Sauvoli with Teti Tela landing the conversions.

But the Drua had themselves to blame as they committed silly mistakes which allowed the Chiefs to pile up their points.

The Chiefs took an early 14-0 lead before Vota scored the first try and Tela adding the extras. In the dying stage of the first half the Chiefs scored their third try for a handy 21-7 lead. Tela landed two penalties.

 



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