4 Nov 2017

Sport: Fijian Drua urged to treasure ball

9:52 am on 4 November 2017

The Fijian Drua are being urged to treasure the ball in Sunday's Australian National Rugby Championship semi-final away to Queensland Country.

The Drua qualified for the knockout rounds in third place, despite back to back losses on home soil against Queensland Country and the Sydney Rays.

Former Fiji 7s representative Filipo Daugunu in full flight for Queensland Country against the Drua.

The Drua were beaten 24-17 by Queensland Country two weeks ago. Photo: QRU Media/Australian Rugby

Coach Senirusi Seruvakula said they are happy to have avoided another trip to chilly Canberra for a game in Toowoomba's warmer climate west of Brisbane.

But he says Queensland Country are a great team with a lot of experience so they will need to be at their best.

"We just have to be smart and maintain our discipline and not give possession away to these guys because if we give penalty kicks they will be just kicking it out and then they move forward to the try line and to the lineout and their maul and using the forwards," he said.

"We can't really afford to be playing in our own half for the duration of the game and we just have to have possession and be really smart how we use it, and be on their half at all times and the boys need to work hard at all those things."

The winner of Sunday's match will advance to the final against their the Canberra Vikings or Perth Spirit.

The Fijian Drua huddle together.

The Fijian Drua huddle together. Photo: Australian Rugby