26 Sep 2017

Sport: Fijian Drua the team to beat in the Australian NRC

12:19 pm on 26 September 2017

The Fijian Drua are adjusting to life as competition front-runners after surging five points clear at the top of the Australian National Rugby Championship.

The Drua thrashed defending champions Perth Spirit 41-5 in Suva at the weekend to make it three straight wins and a competition best 24 tries in just four games.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said the players continue to show massive improvements every week.

"The local players they learn quickly and they now realise impossible is nothing: they can play against Super Rugby players and then they can give a big challenge for the Super Rugby players, and we are doing it every week," he said.

"It's a learning process for everyone: for me as a coach and these players. In every game they always want to prove they can do better and it shows that."

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Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

Senirusi Seruvakula said the signs are good so far but the players must continue to work hard and not get complacent.

"In some areas it's surprising and all the teams in Australia they thought that we were just going to make the numbers and this time we will be somewhere near the bottom and then playing against the top," he said.

"But like I said before, in the media here in Fiji, that before we started the NRC campaign I had a one-on-one with my players and I had a team meeting and said this is not about making numbers."

"I want to coach a team that makes a mark and this is where we are now."

Senirusi Seruvakula was also pleased with the improvements shown by the Drua on defence and in their discipline, after receiving no yellow cards against the Spirit and 10 penalties for the match, compared with 17 in the previous win against New South Wales Country Eagles.