Melbourne Rising vs Fijian Drua: NRC live scores

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    Melbourne Rising vs Fijian Drua

    National Rugby Championship, 9 September, 2017

    Harlequin Oval
    Fulltime - Melbourne Rising 24, Fijian Drua 45
    Melbourne Rising   Fijian Drua
    24 FINAL SCORE 45
    4 TRIES 7
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Nic Berry
    Touch judges: Oliver Kellett & Jared Jenson
    TMO: Daniel Coelho

    The Melbourne Rising will host the newest team to the NRC, the Fijian Drua, in the second round of the season. Join The Roar for live scores from the match being played September 9, at 3pm (AEST).

    The Fijian Drua have all the attention of the competition as the newest team. In their first outing against Brisbane City, they displayed the typical Fijian flair on attack, running in six tries with 12 line breaks and 30 defenders beaten. Despite these outstanding statistics, the Drua lost the game 45-36.

    Melbourne Rising had a tough first round match up against the defending premiers the Perth Spirit. Despite putting in a strong performance the Spirit ran away with the game, with the final score 45-33.

    Players to watch

    Peceli Nacebe – Fijian Drua: The flyhalf anchored his team’s attacking flair and led from the front. He opened the scoring, with two tries in the first 20 minutes of the game including a breathtaking finish off some brilliant counter attack. He also helped with Kini Douglas’ shaky kicking game, nailing a conversion late in the game to keep the pressure on Brisbane City.

    Nick Stirzaker – Melbourne Rising: With a host of players called up for Wallabies duties, the scrum half will need to have a very strong game. He played well against the Spirit, displaying good awareness off a quick penalty to make a line break and set up Marika Korobiete for his second try. As a Super Rugby mainstay, Stirzaker has all the experience to lead his team to victory.


    The rising have had a strong history in the NRC, making the semi-finals on several occasions. This weekend, however, they will be missing a wealth of experience with the likes of Lopeti Timani, Reece Hodge and Korobiete back in the Wallaby camp.

    The Fijian Drua should channel their passion and record a solid win away from home.

    Drua to win 35-24

    The Crowd Says (18)

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    • 12:38am
      Israel said | 12:38am | ! Report

      Great result and good team effort, looks like the coaching staff are doing their homework and the players putting on a splendid rugby display, Vinaka Fiji Drua!

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 4:55pm | ! Report

      Full-time, Rising 24, Fijian Drua 45

      Great day for Fijian rugby, as the Drua notch up their first win in the NRC!!

      For a side that didn’t have a lot of preparation time, they look to be coming to hand quickly, very solid scrum, patient play on the pick and go, and pace to burn on the counter attack.

      Flyhalf Peceli Nacebe is a potential superstar, seems to have all of the skills, perhaps lacking only one thing… an Australian passport!

      Tough day for the Rising, their scrum came second, and they were hammered often and hard by the Fijian defence. When they kept shape they looked good, but as the game got a little looser in the 2nd half, they were exposed for pace. There is some promising local talent coming through however, Hunter Paisami gave it everything in the centres, and expect the Rising to improve as the competition goes on.

      • 7:06pm
        hauzenscher said | 7:06pm | ! Report

        piss off geoff, nacebe is fijian and must play for fiji. stop poaching

        • Columnist

          Geoff Parkes said | 9:07am | ! Report

          apologies h, you obviously take life a little too seriously to cope with any satirical observation on Australia’s depth at 10…

          • Roar Guru

            Simon Douch said | 7:08pm | ! Report

            He had a cracker of a game didn’t he! It’s a shame Geoff, especially when considering the creative shortcomings of our current 10

    • 4:52pm
      Tim Rogers said | 4:52pm | ! Report

      Got to admit FIJI were exciting pittynit didn’t have the crowd to match. It will be interesting the atmosphere when they play their first home game.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 4:46pm | ! Report

      75 mins, Rising 24, Fijian Drua 45

      Good reward for young Rising flyhalf Jack McGregor, but Fijian Drua take control again, a clever grubber through brings up the sealer!

      And check out the cheeky kick-off and regather by Peceli Nacebe! Looked like a grubber instead of a drop-kick but fantastic audacity, ref Berry was happy to let it go.

    • 4:29pm
      Ex force fan said | 4:29pm | ! Report

      Scandenfreugde… I am enjoying watching Fiji beat Melbourne.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 4:28pm | ! Report

      62mins, Rising 19, Fijian Drua 40

      And the Fijian party has really started! Spectacular kick and regather and despite a great cover tackle by Jack Maddocks, superb support play delivers another Fiji try under the posts!

      Fijian Drua well on top now.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 4:25pm | ! Report

      60 mins, Rising 19, Fijian Drua 33

      And now its Nacebe on the counter-attack! Rising winger Semisi Tupou bursts through, one to beat, but the ball goes loose and Nacebe streaks away for a try under the posts!

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 4:23pm | ! Report

      58 mins, Rising 19, Fijian Drua 26

      Power running from Fiji up the centre, before the sweet skills of Nacebe opens up the last line of defence!

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 4:09pm | ! Report

      44 mins, Rising 19, Fijian Drua 19

      Great reply from the Rising, Jack Maddocks finding space to score off an inside ball, after a good build-up.

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