Drua drops to 7th spot

Fiji Airways Fijian Drua rep Poasa Waqanibau tries to make his way through the Western Force defence during their match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday, September 07, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fijian Drua rugby team has four more rounds to prove themselves in order to qualify for the semi-finals of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) next month.

The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side levelled against the New South Wales Country Eagles 24-all on Saturday recording a total of two draws and one loss in the past three rounds.

Despite being placed seventh on the points table, the Drua warriors still maintain the lead in many aspects of play and that shows that they have the calibre to deliver a winning outcome, but they need to improve on certain areas.

For the past three rounds Fiji has dominated the metres gained in an attack and accumulated 1811 metres in three games.

This showed their consistency during their attack play.

They’re also the team with the highest number of clean breaks and they’ve won majority of the turnovers and the turnovers conceded.

The teams’ statistics show that the Fijian Drua might be placed in the second last position, but their work rate on the field proves a different outcome and team captain Eremasi Radrodro said after their match against Western Force in the second round, they had been losing possession in their advantage zone and it had cost them in the past rounds.

“We made a lot of basic mistakes such as losing the ball near the tryline and we had so many opportunities, but we couldn’t execute them.

“We will regroup and try to work on our mistakes and come back stronger in our next game,” said Radrodro.

Meanwhile, the Fijian Drua team will play Sydney on Saturday at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

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