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    Greater Sydney Rams vs Fijian Drua

    National Rugby Championship, 7 October, 2017

    T G Millner Field
    Fulltime - Greater Sydney Rams 31, Fijian Drua 57
    Greater Sydney Rams   Fijian Drua
    31 FINAL SCORE 57
    5 TRIES 8
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Nic Berry
    Touch judges: &

    The Greater Sydney Rams host the Fijian Drua in Round 6 of the NRC. The game will be covered on The Roar with live score updates from 3pm (AEDT) and a game preview of the crucial match.

    With only four rounds to go in this year’s instalment of the NRC, the Pasifika round could be a turning point for all teams still in finals contention. The Drua is one of four teams tied on top of the ladder, with the Rams sitting at fifth.

    The Rams have flown under the radar over recent weeks, they had a bye last week, and have not won a game since Round 2 of the competition. In his article on the NRC, Brett McKay notes that the Rams don’t boast as strong of a squad as other teams, but they do have the ability to create opportunities and play exciting rugby.

    Hugh Roach has had a solid season with the Rams. He is second in the competition for turnovers won, and will anchor the forward pack against the physicality of the Drua. Not only a defensive stalwart, Roach can play with the ball in hand too, he also has a handy knack for finding the try line.

    Last weekend the men from Fiji slumped to the biggest defeat in their short history, going down to the Canberra Vikings 66-5. Perhaps they are allergic to the Australian air? They’ve only recorded a win against the lowly Melbourne Rising while playing away from home.

    This weekend it will be up to Drua skipper John Stewart to lead his men to victory away from home. Stewart’s versatility in the backline has greatly helped the Drua’s consistency in attack. In the tough game last week, he made 70 metres from 14 carries and worked hard to inspire his team.

    It’s pretty dangerous to pick any winners in the NRC these days, especially when the Drua are playing. Both teams have shown glimpses of their best and, at their best, they are both good enough to win the competition. This weekend, I’ll pick the Drua to put on an attacking clinic seriously damage the Rams final hopes.

    Drua to win: 40-18

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    • 2:14pm
      DruaFan said | 2:14pm | ! Report

      Well done lads. Our shape in the forwards continues to improve, which once was our archilies heel.
      Two games at home in the Lautoka heat. Should be interesting for the NRC.
      But what a blessing to have the cream of our local ruggers exposed to the best in oz.
      Thanks Australian Rugby for sharing your wealth.
      Clubs around the world will be out with their offers soon, something needs to be worked out in the interest of the players, Fiji Rugby and the parties investing in this comp.

    • 5:05pm
      ThugbyFan said | 5:05pm | ! Report

      Wow, what a game! 8 tries to 5 for the Fijian Drua against the shorn rams and 57-31 score suggests it was a flogging but it was 31 all at the 55 minute mark. After that a couple of injuries, couple of intercepts, some fabulous offloads and the reserve Fijians who were even larger and the Fijian Drua ran over the Rams, game over Red Rover!

      And even though its the backs who get most of the glory, they are strutting their stuff on the work of a really strong forward pack who harass and contest for everything. As well as some big forward rushes they constantly either stole ball or kept the Rams on the backfoot. If you intend to beat the Drua, you have to nullify their pack first and ensure your backs keep their shape in defence. Canberra showed how to do it last week.

      I reckon the MotM was Alvereti Veitakano, the 5/8 for the Drua, who laid on a heap of tries and put in some nice field kicks.

      • Roar Guru

        DaniE said | 5:11pm | ! Report

        Your comment about Veikatano is spot on. Amazing to think that he wasn’t the preferred 10 for the Drua, Fiji are so lucky to have that depth in that position

    • 5:02pm
      Israel said | 5:02pm | ! Report

      Well played Drua, great team performance to bounce back after last week, build on this and we’ll done to the coaching staff. Use the break well to rest!

    • Roar Guru

      DaniE said | 4:56pm | ! Report

      Well I’ve been here at TG Milner since 10am enjoying what Pacific rugby has to offer. Fijian Drua didn’t disappoint with a 57-31 effort against the GWS Rams, attaining the Horan-Little Shield in the process!

      • 5:06pm
        ThugbyFan said | 5:06pm | ! Report

        No probs DaniE, likely the Kava will kick in soon, I reckon. LoL

        • Roar Guru

          DaniE said | 5:27pm | ! Report

          No kava for me, hanging out at the car which has a flat battery! Boo ?

    • Roar Guru

      DaniE said | 4:47pm | ! Report

      57-31 to be Drua with a minute to go. Fijian acrobatics on display prevents a Rams lineout off a Rams penalty kick attempt.

    • 4:46pm
      ThugbyFan said | 4:46pm | ! Report

      The Fijian Drua kicker is on fire, another conversion from near the sideline. Good promotion by the Eastwood club (basically owners of the Rams) to allow anyone with a Fijian passport to get free entry to TG Millner field for this game. Almost worth forging a passport. 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      DaniE said | 4:43pm | ! Report

      I don’t know who’s scoring anymore. I think it’s Taliga, the 23, who scores on the left! Delightful conversion too.

    • 4:40pm
      ThugbyFan said | 4:40pm | ! Report

      Shocker non-tackle by the Rams winger there to Eroni Sau run past him to score. The big fast backs of the Fijian Drua now running rampart over the Rams boys. Going to be some sore Ram bodies tomorrow. And its now another 50 point game.

    • Roar Guru

      DaniE said | 4:40pm | ! Report

      Then almost immediately the Rams move down their right touch, but then the Drua snaffle then ball and their number 23 sub races down their left touch. Lomani scores under the post!


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