13 Oct 2017

Sport: Fijian Drua change tack

3:27 pm on 13 October 2017

The Fijian Drua believe changing their style of play will make them harder to beat in the Australian National Rugby Championship.

The debutants topped the NRC standings after the first month of competition, scoring 24 tries off the back of expansive, free-flowing rugby.

But their winning run was halted a fortnight ago with a brutal 66-5 thrashing away to the Canberra Vikings, before they bounced back last weekend with an emphatic 57-31 victory against Greater Sydney.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula admitted they were caught out when their wide game was shut down.

"It was no excuses, we were just beaten by a better team on the day and they really reviewed our game and they really know how we were going to play," he said.

"It was like tasting our own medicine and then we regroup and had a win against last weekend and I was really proud of the guys".

A rare highlight for the Drua in Canberra.

A rare highlight for the Drua in Canberra. Photo: Supplied/Australian Rugby Union

Senirusi Seruvakula said there are always positives and lessons to take out of a performance and the players now understand they need to stay focused and switched on in every match.

"We just have to change our style of playing because the (other) coaches and the players will be reviewing our game every weekend and the games they happen ever week," he said.

"So that's what we did against the Sydney Rams (the following week). We just played like the way the Australians play: we just tightened up and play in short quarters and the players just run into the space.

"And those eight tries (we scored) was mainly like not playing wide like we normally do, we're just running into space with top speed and when the gaps open up".

"We just have to be ready if Plan A doesn't work then we have to have Plan B but it was new to the boys last week and they are confident and believe they can play in short range rather than playing what we had been doing, spreading the ball wide and letting the ball do the job".

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Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

The Drua are currently second in the NRC standings, trailing overall leaders Canberra on points differential.

They have the bye this weekend and, after six matches in a row, including four away from home, Mr Seruvakula said it had come at the right time.

"These players they really need a week because of injuries starting to occur in the team and we just need to regroup again for this bye week and get ready for the game against North Queensland (Country) next week".