Home semis mission a reality
The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua claimed the Australian National Rugby Championship minor premiership and a home semifinal, by defeating the Western Force in a second half comeback in Perth yesterday The hugely-impressive Drua also took home the Horan-Little Shield for 2018, after coming from behind 14-7 at halftime to defeat the Force 33-28. The Force picked up a losing bonus point, but slipped to third – and missed a home semifinal next week – due to Queensland Country winning with a bonus-point in Tamworth. The Drua will host the winner of the Brisbane City vs Canberra Vikings clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on Saturday.
The Fiji Airways Fijian Drua secured a home semifinals after beating Western Force 33-28 in the last round of the Australian National Rugby Championship at the UWA Sports Park, Perth yesterday.
The Drua top the table with 27 points and will meet the winner of the Canberra Vikings-Brisbane City game at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Saturday.
What happened: The Force dominated the first half scoring two quick tries in the 10th and 12th minute converted by halfback Ian Prior to lead 14-0.
The Fijians staged a fightback resulting in tries in the 35th minute to Aporosa Tabulawaki which was converted by fullback Enele Malele.
Halftime: Western Force 14-7 Fiji Airways Fijian Drua.
In the second spell, the visitors came out strong with tries to Levani Kurumudu and Enele Malele, 21-14
The Western Force did not lose hope and scored another try in the 61st minute to Rod Davies, 21-21 Drua scored another try to Apisalome Vota and Alivereti Veitokani sealed the win another try, 33-21. Force scored their last try through Andrew Deegan
Fulltime: Fiji Airways Fijian Drua 33-28 Western Force
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua celebrate with the Horan-Little Shield after winning their round seven NRC match against Western Force at UWA Sports Park on October 13, 2018, in Perth, Australia.
Fiji Airways Fijian Drua halfback Serupepeli Vularika fires out a pass against on October 13,2018. Photo: Zimbio