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It’ll Be Tougher In 2023: Weber

Gallagher Chiefs captain, Brad Webber, believes the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side will be hard to beat at home when it comes to next year’s competition.
31 May 2022 16:56
It’ll Be Tougher In 2023: Weber
From left: Chiefs captain and halfback Brad Weber and lock Tupou Vaa’i keep an eye on Swire Shipping Fijian Drua first five eight Teti Tela as he sets his backline in motion during their Super Rugby Pacific clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on May 28, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Gallagher Chiefs captain, Brad Webber, believes the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side will be hard to beat at home when it comes to next year’s competition.

The New Zealand All Blacks half­back made the comments after his side managed to beat the Drua 35-34 at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Satur­day.

Weber who played 108 Super Rugby matches described the Lautoka en­counter as the toughest one in his career.

Speaking to SUNsports, Weber said teams would find it difficult when they play the Drua in Fiji,

“It’s unbelievable and tough to play against them (Drua) here,” he said.

“Seriously tough conditions and they (Drua) hit and carry harder than any other player around the world.

“Fiji is already a tough place to play in and moving forward it is going to be much tougher for a lot of players and teams to come and play here.”

Warning

Weber said what they had experi­enced is a warning to the other New Zealand teams.

“I marvel at the skill level of the Drua (players) in these conditions, sweaty balls but they are throwing it around like its dry.

They (Drua) are a tough side when playing at home and the physicality they bring is second to none.”

Weber said playing in front of a sellout crowd, is a great advertise­ment for the Drua especially when they are now part of Super Rugby.

Similer sentiments was echoed by Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan in­dicating that the Drua would be a threat next season.

“I think if you ask anyone that knows anything about rugby, I think they (Drua) probably exceeded what we thought they would be in year one,” he said.

“They’re (Drua) a great inclusion in Super Rugby and are going to be very dangerous moving forward.”



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