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Promising Signs Ahead: Byrne

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua showed a glimpse of what it’s capable of in their comeback against the Chiefs in the final round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.
31 May 2022 17:14
Promising Signs Ahead: Byrne
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s openside flanker Rusiate Nasove holds on to the ball against the Chiefs while prop Haereiti Hetet comes in to support during their Super Rugby Pacific clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on April 28, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua showed a glimpse of what it’s capable of in their comeback against the Chiefs in the final round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

After 15 weeks of competition the Nemani Nagusa captained- side adapted and learned a trick or two about Super Rugby in their first year.

Now, the Fijians are confident of more surprises in next year’s sea­son.

Drua head coach Mick Byrne said there are areas that the team would be working on for next sea­son.

“We learnt to carry well into the close channel around the ruck,” Byrne said.

“We ran into the ball and it was something we have been working hard at.

“We scored a try through our strong carries, footwork got be­hind the game line, we got quick ball in the middle and at the back. “That is the kind of rugby we want to play, the 15 minutes of that game showed us of what we can do.

“If we get behind the line we can play, we set that goal from day one.

“Now we know ways of getting the game lines, we will play from there.”

Byrne said there is an exciting fu­ture for the team.

“I’m massively proud of what the boys achieved during their Super Rugby Pacific debut.

“We’re looking at some technical aspect of the game, things like our set-piece, our scrum stood out this season, our line-outs improved every week.

“There is a lot of work in terms of tactical aspects and the ability for us to have the patience to play a good strong game of rugby, which we are more than capable of doing.

“Having patience to get across the game line and play some rugby.

“We had some moments that we are proud of, it is what we learn during the competition.

“They have learned exceptionally well, I believe the boys are proud of what they have done with their bodies.

“Their body shape, fitness, condi­tioning and the way they play the game. Now that we understand what we needed around fitness it will be exciting for us.”

The Drua players are on a rest period before regrouping in the second week of July for their off-season training.



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