Drua dominate NRC results

Fiji Airways Drua official Josua Vuto (left) with players Alifereti Rabukawaqa, Apisalome Vota, Luke Tagi and Eroni Mawi at the Nadi International Airport. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fiji Airways Drua team has dominated the players and teams’ statistics and the overview results in the Australian National Rugby Championship.

The Senirusi Seruvakula coached side has scored the most tries in the competition after the sixth round with a total of 40 tries and they’ve also dominated the attacking metres gaining 4,585 metres which is double the lines gained by second place Melbourne Rising.

They’ve carried the ball more than any other team by 801 times and broken the defence line 164 times doubling the attempts of the second placed team with 87 breaks.

Most importantly, they’ve beaten 188 defenders more than any other team and off-loading the ball 102 times like a game of sevens.

During the breakdowns, the Drua warriors were capable of conceding 109 turnovers and they’ve also conceded 84 penalties.

The players’ individual performances, sees nippy fly half Alivereti Veitokani, fullback Apisalome Waqatabu and new comer Levani Kurumudu dominating all aspects of play.

Waqatabu is still the top point scorer in the competition with 78 points and is in second place with Kurumudu as the top try scorers with seven tries behind Tom English of Melbourne Rising with eight tries. Veitokani gained 709 metres in attacks leading the table since round two of the NRC.

In 2017, the Drua finished third in their inaugural NRC campaign with four wins from eight games but six weeks into the 2018 season, the Fijians are leading the truncated eight team competitions with 23 points recording five wins and a loss with one more round before the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the Drua will take on the Western Force at UWA Sports Park in Perth at 6pm on Saturday.

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