Editorial comment – Bring it on

Members of the Fijian Drua team. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE stage is set for an exciting final of the National Rugby Championship between the Fiji Drua and Queensland Country at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon.

While the visitors will be out to maintain a clean slate against us, the Drua have a chance to march into history this weekend.

Fans are already rubbing their hands in anticipation of the prospect of another Drua thriller in the wake of recent victories at home.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula believes the Drua are ready to play the game of their lives today.

He believes they know what is expected of them as a team.

He knows the Drua will be playing their hearts out in front of their fans.

“We just need to play as a team and bring out physicality in our game and build momentum,” he said.

He knows we will have to play smart rugby as well to beat the Queenslanders.

It means discipline must be at an all-time high this afternoon.

That means patience will be critically important around the field.

It means we must control possession, maintain discipline and structure in our set pieces, and stay composed under pressure. At the end of the day, we have a game plan to adhere to.

We must be disciplined enough to stay focused throughout the game.

“We also need to play our game pattern and that is very important. Everyone has to be switched on and once we do that, everything will go the way we want,” Seruvakula said.

He knows the visitors will be tough. He knows what to expect though.

The onus is on our men to switch on and play the game of their lives.

For this one, Seruvakula knows catch-up rugby must be put away.

We have a habit of coming in from behind to score nail-biting victories in the competition.

We can’t afford it against a team like Queensland.

“It is important to put points every 10 minutes and we need to be focused and play hard.”

Since its debut season last year, the Drua only finished second best to Queensland Country in their past three matches.

Today is about self-belief. Our team need our support to turn heads. That’s why hundreds of fans will be at Churchill Park this afternoon to cheer on our team.

Go Drua, go.

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