Home semis mis­sion a re­al­ity

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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

Photo: Zim­bio

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

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