Yes, our Fiji Airways Fijian Drua came out second best in the battle against Queensland Country at the BB Print Stadium Mackay, Queensland last Saturday.
With the 55-22 scoreline, this is Senirusi Seruvakula- coached side’s first loss in the 2018 Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC).
The Drua side won its opening games against Melbourne Rising and Brisbane City with impressive displays at home.
Not bad at all from a young Drua side with a majority of players making their debut in the tough NRC.
Our players should hold their heads high for giving their best against a technically superior side made up of Super Rugby players coupled with a few veterans in the like prop James Slipper who has capped 86 times for the Wallabies.
The fact that the Drua forwards were able to push them back in scrums that resulted in a penalty try after the Queensland Country front row buckled, was the highlight of the Fijians’ performance.
This is not the end of the road for the Drua and the loss should be best put behind them as they focus on their next opponent, which will be the Sydney Rays.
It’s important that they work hard on areas of their play which were exploited by the Country side.
These areas include; strengthening their set-pieces, defensive lines, running angles, support play, decision making and discipline.
They need to recover quickly because the Rays will be no pushover, especially when playing in front of their fans at the Concorde Oval.
The hosts are likely to field veteran Wallaby lock forward Rob Simmons, centre Curtis Rona along with former Australian 7s stars Cameron Clark and Pama Fou.
This does not include Jack Dempsey and Shambeckler Vui who have played for the Waratahs while efforts are being made to get in Wallabies first five-eighth Bernard Foley for the Drua game.
Despite being laced with star players the Mosese Voka- captained side is capable of beating the Rays.
The Drua came close to beating them last year but they should be able to do it this Sunday.
Members of the Drua squad must lift their game to the next level, work smartly, stay united as a team and surely game plans should fall into place.