Fiji Drua works on adapting to climate conditions

Members of the Fiji Airways Fiji Drua team during their team training at the USP grounds in Laucala Bay, Suva on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

NATIONAL Rugby Championship (NRC) first placed Fiji Airways Drua adapted to the wet conditions yesterday as the team returned to the training ground.

The team play New South Wales Country Eagles this weekend in Suva.

Going through its first training session yesterday at the University of the South Pacific grounds, head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they would train to set a game pattern that could suit the weather conditions on Saturday in Suva.

“The weather is not good and we were not expecting it, but there is a game on Saturday and we need to perform,” Seruvakula said.

“We need to train and have to focus and adapt to the conditions on Saturday.”

Seruvakula said they had reviewed last weekend’s game against the Sydney Rays and highlighted mistakes.

“A lot of work is needed to be done and the focus is clarity, and set pieces.”

The Drua came from behind last week to win 34-31 as the Sydney defence broke apart in the second spell.

“The players gained a lot confidence last week and now we need to lift the level of rugby and keep the ball in hand at all times.

Seruvakula said for now the turnaround time had not been an issue although the team had been learning a lot from playing consecutive games week after week.

“It is good that the players experience this length in the tournament and also the turnaround.

“A lot of them are not used to it in regards to the Skipper Cup where it is a different format.

“It is a big learning experience for them and if some of them get contracts overseas, these are some things they will face.”

Prop forward Mosese Ducivaki is the only injury in the squad and awaiting treatment in Australia.

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