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The cold Can­berra night, is the big­gest ob­sta­cle the Fiji Air­ways Drua side must over­come in Fri­day’s clash.

In the fifth round of the Aus­tralia Na­tional Rugby Championship (NRC), the Drua travel to Vik­ing Park to face Can­berra Vikings at 9.30pm (Fi­jian time). Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day Drua head coach Senirusi Seru­vakula said they’re leav­ing early to al­low time for the player to ac­cli­ma­tise.

“We need to ad­just to the weather con­di­tions over there,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be cold and we won’t take the weather as an ex­cuse as we want to win these two matches. That will guar­an­tee our spot in the top four.”

The tem­per­a­ture in Can­berra is fore­cast to drop to 3 de­grees cel­cius tonight.

Seru­vakula said there were no ma­jor injuries sus­tained by the players from the clash against Perth Spirit. “Ev­ery­one is all good to go again and we’re rest­ing some players who have mi­nor injuries. “There will be not much change; we’ll be mov­ing players around again to see if they can play in other po­si­tions. I’ll be tight­en­ing up the bench again, put­ting Matai Ucutabua and Aliv­ereti Veitokani to come in and start play­ing.” Seru­vakula said the side con­tin­ued with their gym and pool prepa­ra­tions.

“We’re giv­ing a lot of rest time to the players. It was a tough game last Satur­day and they got a short rest pe­riod and an­other big day of trav­el­ling to­mor­row. That is the flight from Nadi to Syd­ney then the four-hour bus drive to Can­berra.”

Fiji Air­ways Drua rugby team dur­ing their pool ses­sion at the Toka­toka Re­sort in Nadi on Septem­ber 25, 2017. They fly out to Syd­ney, Aus­tralia today face Can­berra Vikings in round five of the Aus­tralia Na­tional Rugby Championship (NRC) on Fri­day at 9.30pm (Fi­jian time).

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Air­ways Drua rugby players dur­ing their pool ses­sion at Toka­toka Re­sort in Nadi on Septem­ber 25, 2017.

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