Drua’s next target

Albert Tuisue during the Fiji Airways Fiji Drua training at Bidesi Park this week. Picture: JONA KONATACI

IT’S one down and six more to go for the Fiji Airways Drua team as they set their course for another tough battle against Brisbane City in the National Rugby Championship on Saturday at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

After an impressive outing against the Melbourne Rising last Saturday, the Drua team officials believe there are still some areas of improvement for the side.

Back line coach Saiasi Fuli was impressed with the performance of the new boys in the team as they easily adapted to the Drua’s game style.

“I was really impressed with the individual performance and the team effort from the boys. There were a few new players in the team and they automatically adjusted themselves in the competition,” Fuli said.

“We will review our last match and see the areas that we need to work on before we face Brisbane City.”

Brisbane City defeated the Drua last year 45-36 in the first round of the NRC despite a second-half comeback for the Fijian boys.

“This team has 60 to 70 per cent of Super Rugby players so we will step up on our preparation to match our opponents,” Fuli said.

Fuli said they had set their goals for this season and they would make sure they accomplished their mission.

“This year we have set our plan, our goal is to go up a notch this season and that is to win the competition and to do that we need to challenge these players and the new ones because there is no break, week in, week out matches,” Fuli added.

Meanwhile, Drua forward Albert Tuisue was instrumental in the previous match against the Melbourne Rising showing sheer power and strength in the breakdowns and scrums.

Tuisue said the team worked as a unit last Saturday and they would lift their performance up to another standard this weekend.

“The team really performed well last Saturday but there were still some areas that needed improvement like the line-outs and breakdowns but overall it’s all about consistency and improving our performance as we go along,” Tuisue said.

The Drua will take on Brisbane City on Saturday at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

More Stories