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With God We Came This Far: Tawake

The Roster Chicken Fijiana Drua retained the Super W title with a 38-30 win over Queensland Reds in last night's grandfinal in Townsville, Australia.
07 May 2023 12:15
With God We Came This Far: Tawake
From left Reds captain, Shannon Parry and her Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua counterpart Bitila Tawake at the Queensland Country Bank in Townsville. Photo: Reds Rugby

The Roster Chicken Fijiana Drua retained the Super W title with a 38-30 win over Queensland Reds in last night’s grandfinal in Townsville, Australia.

Playing with 13-players and less than seven minutes to go did not deter the Inoke Male coached-side.
An emotional Drua captain Bitila Tawake said they have been through a lot.

“Without God we would not have made it this far,” Tawake said.

She thanked the Fijian community in Australia for supporting them when things got tough and those that came to their games.

Full-back Luisa Tisolo was named Player of the Final for landing five conversions and a penalty for a 100 per cent kicking record.

The Reds took an early 7-0 lead from a converted try before the Drua hit back with tries to Tawake and lock Mereoni Nakesa, which was converted by Tisolo.

The Reds kicked over a penalty to narrow the deficit at 14-10 at halftime.

The Reds regained the lead to 17-14 early in the second spell from a converted try.
The Drua came back with a try to No.8 Sereima Leweniqila and Tisolo converted to push them in front 21-17.

The visitors struck again when a backline move saw burly prop Siteri Rasolea created a gap for Vani Arei to send winger Adita Milinia away for a try with Tisolo making no mistake with the conversion to further the lead 28-17. Then it was Tisolo who landed a penalty to bring the scores to 31-17.

Then it was blindside flanker Karalaini Naisewa who ripped the ball away from a Reds player to run the final 30 metres to score a try underneath the post with Tisolo adding the extras to bring the scores to 38-17.

Reds managed to score 13 points to bring the scores to 38-30 as the Drua had lost Tawake and Laisani Moceisawana to the sin-bin.


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