Depleted Drua Side Forges Ahead in Aust Rugby Championships
Captain Eremasi Radrodro was spot on to admit that the mistakes they had made proved costly in the end.
Let’s not give up on the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua as they defend the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC).
So far, it has not been the start that we all would have wanted.
The Drua drew with Brisbane City 22-22 during the opening round and last Saturday they were walloped 38-15 by Western Force.
Captain Eremasi Radrodro was spot on to admit that the mistakes they had made proved costly in the end. In actual fact, this was expected to happen because 19 players out of the 33-member squad are playing in the NRC for the first time.
Against City, head coach Senirusi Seruvakula had to field 11 debutants and another four against Force. The majority of the players from last year’s winning NRC team are involved elsewhere.
Winning captain Mosese Voka, vice-captain Frank Lomani, Mesulame Dolokoto, Veremalua Vugakoto, Eroni Mawi and Alivereti Veitokani are now with the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 31-member team for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Lock Albert Tuisue, who is on the standby list for the Flying Fijians, is now with London Irish.
Then those who are members of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces rugby side to the International Defence Rugby Competition in Japan. They are Peni Naulago, Penijamini Makutu, Vesi Rarawa, Peni Raidre and John Stewart.
Seruvakula has taken the challenge and included several Vodafone Fijian Under-20 players and those who have been playing consistently during the Skipper Cup Premiership and the Vodafone Vanua Championship.
Many of these players are for the first time experiencing what it’s like at the top level, especially when they are playing against Super Rugby players’ week in and week out.
It’s starting to sink in to them, especially after playing two games in the NRC. The players must now have a fair idea of what is expected of them if they are to further their rugby career.
Radrodro said it’s all about seeing where they went wrong and how they could improve on it. It’s all part and parcel of the learning process.
The next few days will be critical for the Fijian Drua’s campaign as Seruvakula along with his assistants Brad Harris and Esala Nauga work on building up the team for the next clash against NSW Country Eagles in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.
So again, let’s not give up on them and wish them well as they face NSW Country Eagles in Sydney, Australia, this Saturday.
Go, Drua, Go!