16 Oct 2017

Sport: Fijian Drua well placed for playoffs

12:33 pm on 16 October 2017

The Fijian Drua remain well-placed to secure a home playoff match in the Australian National Rugby Championship.

The competition newcomers had the bye over the weekend and slipped to third place in the overall standings, one point behind Queensland Country, who take on the Drua in Lautoka on Saturday.

The Country side thrashed the Greater Sydney Rams 57-31 at the weekend - the exact scoreline the Fijians beat them by a week earlier - with former Fiji Under 20s and Fiji sevens flyer Filipo Daugunu dotting down four times to surge to the top of the competition try-scoring charts.

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Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

With home games against Queensland Country and the Sydney Rays over the next fortnight, head coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they have a big opportunity to lock down a semi finals berth.

"It's a big advantage, big advantage - home game and everyone here in Fiji following the team," he said.

"But it's going to be very important for us. North Queensland (Country) they've been going ok for this NRC competition but we just have to be ready.

"We really need these two wins for two home games (against Queensland Country and the Sydney Rays) and we want a semi final berth for the first time in the competition."

The Canberra Vikings, who thrashed the Drua 66-5 last month, are four points clear atop the table, having played one extra game, after crushing the Sydney Rays 71-14.

This weekend's match will be the last for six members of the Drua team selected in the Flying Fijians squad, before flying out for their Northern Hemisphere tour.

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