Seruvakula anticipates tough year

President Jioji Konrote meets with Fiji Airways Fijian Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula during the team's i-tatau ceremony at the State House in Suva on Monday, August 26, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fijian Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula anticipates this year’s Australian National Rugby Championship to showcase more entertaining rugby action with unexpected results after every rounds of competition.

As the Drua side focuses on their second match against the Western Force, the first evidence of the competition resulted on the points table as the defending champions settled at fifth place after a draw against Brisbane City last weekend.

Seruvakula said he was looking forward to the challenges they would come up against this season.

“It’s going to be tougher especially this year.

“Last year we edged the Western Force so this year it will be our home game and we have to defend it,” said Seruvakula.

The Drua’s second opponent, the Western Force, is a different breed with more knowledge and skills with the players and they will come out strong on Saturday.

“The Western Force has been there since the NRC started and they’ve played Super Rugby and were also part of the Global Rapid Rugby and they won last week against Queensland Country and it’s a very experienced side so we just need to be patient and play smart rugby,” he said.

Last week’s results, NSW Country Eagle 38-33 Sydney, Canberra Vikings 47-22 Melbourne Rising, Fiji Drua 22-22 Brisbane City and Western Force 50-49 Queensland Country.

The Drua plays the Western Force at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday at 3pm.

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