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    Fijian Drua vs Perth Spirit

    National Rugby Championship, 23 September, 2017

    ANZ National Stadium, Suva
    Fulltime - Fijian Drua 41, Perth Spirit 5
    Fijian Drua   Perth Spirit
    41 FINAL SCORE 5
    6 TRIES 1
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Will Houston
    Touch judges: &

    In the match of the round, the Fijian Drua host the Perth Spirit in the former’s second home game of the season. The Roar will keep you informed and up to date, with a game preview and live scores from 3pm (AEST).

    With both teams locked at the top of the NRC ladder, with two wins and one loss, predicting a winner is a challange.

    The Drua played their first home game against the NSW Country Eagles last week, their running rugby and support play in ideal conditions leading to five tries being scored.

    Halfback Frank Lomani gave good service to his flyhalf and ball runners and generally played well for the Drua. In his support play he really excels, scoring two tries by simply backing up his teammates.

    The Spirit, on the other hand, sent shockwaves through the competition as they demolished the unbeaten Sydney Rams, 61-17.

    Perth have apparently unlocked their premiership-winning form of last year just in time to travel to Fiji and play the most exciting team in the competition.

    In particular, Bill Meakes is on the verge of playing in a Wallabies jersey. The hard-running inside centre has had an outstanding start to the NRC, on the back of a solid season with the Western Force, having scored a double as his team steamrolled the Rams.

    The Drua’s style makes it hard to predict, but the Spirit have the experience and form to record the first ever win in Fiji by a visiting team.

    Spirit to win 28-25

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    • 7:16am
      Israel said | 7:16am | ! Report

      Well played Drua, keep focused and switched on, it’s all about learning and 80 mins Rugby, really impressed with team cohesion and local coaching staff.

    • 9:52pm
      Digs said | 9:52pm | ! Report

      If ever there was a reason for Australia to ditch super rugby and start a oz / pacific competition with Fiji, Somoa, and Tonga this was it.

      The Kiwis would follow quick smart with their provincial teams.

      Discussion about super rugby is redundant. It’s a dead competition.

    • 11:32am
      Rugby Tragic said | 11:32am | ! Report

      The Perth Spirit had 9 players in the starting line up who had last year played Super Rugby against a Fijian side full of amateurs.

      To me this game highlighted just how poor the skills and professional standards are for Oz rugby (just in case not got that from our abysmal overall Super Rugby record last year), and if anything how Fiji are making a strong case for inclusion in Super Rugby. Personally would rather see a Fiji side in Super Rugby than another Oz side at this point if the sort of rubbish we have to watch from sides with Super Rugby Players plus best of the club competitions.

      • Roar Guru

        PeterK said | 11:35am | ! Report


      • 6:57pm
        Opiam said | 6:57pm | ! Report

        Couldn’t agree with you more.

        Rugby in Fiji is heavily modelled of the nz provisional style system. Has been that way for a very long time. Change is that Facilities have gradually been getting better and we are now seeing a generation of players who have had access to gyms, coaching clinics, the internet etc.

        What Australia needs is to build on the NRC. Change won’t happen overnight as a whole generation of players have to start doing the basics right.

        The gap between the 40 or so top players in Australia vs the next tier down is massive.

    • 10:50am
      ScottD said | 10:50am | ! Report

      Great tussle for the first 20 mins but frankly Spirit simply outplayed by the very physical and well organised Drua. Spirit didn’t hold on to the ball and too often expected contact and so rushed their ball movement or didn’t show the sort of soft hands they did the previous week.
      Drua were lovely to watch and if they play like that every week must be title favourites.

    • 8:00am
      In Brief said | 8:00am | ! Report

      It was nice to see a team actually tackle with the shoulder – something that Australian players don’t appear to be taught at any level.

    • 7:59am
      In Brief said | 7:59am | ! Report

      Can someone confirm if the pronunciation Fijian “‘N’ Drua” is correct? Or is it just a boganism from the aussie commentators? As it’s written ‘Drua’ I’m struggling to get where the extra ‘N’ comes from.

      • 8:54am
        Opiam said | 8:54am | ! Report

        They are saying it right. There is a silent n in front of the d in the Fijian language. For instance, Nadi where the main airport is is pronounced as Nandi

        • 9:48am
          In Brief said | 9:48am | ! Report

          Thanks, that’s good to know

    • 8:02pm
      Aaron said | 8:02pm | ! Report

      AS flashy as that was it was Fiji defense that won that game. Very impressive live.

    • 5:29pm
      ThugbyFan said | 5:29pm | ! Report

      Final score is 41-5, six tries to the Fiji Drua to one try Perth Spirit. The Fijian big boys backed each other up and benefitted by great off loads, and if that didn’t work the up-n-under bombardment with fierce chasers resulted in heaps of Perth lost ball. And you don’t need to ask these Fijian flyers for them to take maximum advantage of a chaotic defence due to lost ball. Full credit to the Fiji forwards, they took on the Perth Spirit (almost Force) forward pack and gave nothing away except a lot of bruises to the Perth boys.

      Fox now are showing an old Super Rugby semi-final match ACT Brumbies vs Wellington Hurricanes. To show you how old it is, Owen Finnigan is playing and S.Larkham is at fullback. Apart from the long-lost joy of seeing an Aussie super side ripping a kiwi team apart, what is also notable is (a) the game was shown on FTA tv Ch7 as well (as hidden away on Foxtel) and (b) the Canberra crowd was a near-record which compares pretty well against the pathetic 8,000 souls who watched the SR2017 semi-final in Canberra.

      As the Beatles once sang “those were the days my friend, we thought they would never end …………..” 🙂

      • 5:34pm
        Fionn said | 5:34pm | ! Report

        Heartbreaking, wasn’t it, seeing how far the Brumbies have fallen..?

    • 5:15pm
      Opiam said | 5:15pm | ! Report

      Well done by the Drua boys. To give you all some context, these boys are all from local clubs in Fiji, with some of them having to take time off work to play in the NRC.

      Very impresssed by how they have gone

      • Roar Guru

        PeterK said | 5:45pm | ! Report

        men against boys.

        Exactly what the aust players need to play against to show the step up needed, hard hitting forwards, agile, fast fowards, good ball skills mixed up with a good kicking game.

        No surprise oz team shown up badly.

        • 5:53pm
          Fionn said | 5:53pm | ! Report


          The best thing was that the only ‘Aussie’ player who really impressed was a Fijian – Naisarani.

          • Roar Guru

            PeterK said | 6:07pm | ! Report

            He really improved second half after he got over the shock.

            I thought Ruru and Phillip played quite well , certainly showed enough to be ahead of Phipps and Mumm 2.0 even though Phillip played 5

            • 6:12pm
              Fionn said | 6:12pm | ! Report

              Do you think Phillip has the speed to play 6 internationally? He looks quick for a lock in that match.

              Ruru did what he could, but it was hard for him to shine.

              • Roar Guru

                PeterK said | 6:19pm | ! Report

                Not to play 6, however Tui is being looked at for 6 so Phillip can take Tui’s lock spot in the squad.

                As noted in another article there are very few 6’s or 8’s available.

                No brumbies , Hardwick from force who is really a 7 so no point, Rebels and Tahs have their players in the squad, reds Korzyck is in the squad and the obvious choice of Higgs is ignored.

              • Roar Guru

                PeterK said | 6:20pm | ! Report

                Ruru’s pass was quick and accurate and in front of the man, that is a step up in my book.

                He lacks pace though.

                I still prefer Stirzaker to be honest but he is another player on the outer, never given a chance.

              • 6:58pm
                Mat P said | 6:58pm | ! Report

                Maybe because it was hard to watch and I’m being overly critical, but I thought Ruru was very poor tonight.

          • 10:30pm
            Daveski said | 10:30pm | ! Report

            Philip was easily the Spirits best. Isi tried hard. The red head prop Erasmus was great in the loose, not so good in the scrums. I think he’s a local junior?

            Agree with someone below that’s the worse I’ve seen Ruru look but the Fiji pack made like really hard.

            There’s some good local talent in the Spirit back three but they had a tough time today.

            How good was the crowd ?

    • Roar Rookie

      K.F.T.D. said | 5:11pm | ! Report

      As I said last week, we could learn a lot from these guys, such great rugby on many levels. If somebody kicks someone chases , great hand eye coordination and skills . Wonderful addition to NRC, and I think they really appreciate it.

    • 5:04pm
      sittingbison said | 5:04pm | ! Report

      Really well played by Drua, their forwards have really come along, all of the team threatening from anywhere, frightening to tackle or be tackled. Should be in Super before Sunwolves sans their corporate team players.

      Completely disagree with a four Super spots available for them when 30 Aussie players are now unemployed.

    • 4:58pm
      ThugbyFan said | 4:58pm | ! Report

      75 mins, and another run-away try by the Drua off a Perth Spirit lost ball. Now a 41-5 flogging. They have such trust in their wingers they have no qualms in kick and chase knowing their speed will get them to the ball.

      The whole Fiji Drua forward pack should be given the MoTM award. And that Spirit pack was near full strength so no excuses there. Fiji are here to play.

      77min: and Referee calls full time. The first half went 43 minutes (and there were plenty of stoppages between 40-43 minutes) before he thought to blow the whistle, so a 37 minute 2nd half adds up to 80 minutes. Hard to say how much the humidity took the spirit out of the Spirit but some of them were really struggling near full time. But that’s no excuse as the Fiji Drua won this game in the first half.

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