Drua still has the chance
It’s the penultimate round of the Super Rugby regular season and we’ve got two finals spots still up for grabs in round 14.
The action kicks off on Friday with a massive clash between the Reds and Highlanders in Dunedin with the visitors able to lock up their playoff spot with a win. Saturday’s quadruple header kicks off in Fiji with the Drua still a chance of sneaking into the finals picture while at the top of the table the Chiefs can officially clinch the minor premiership with a Crusaders loss or if the far more likely scenario unfolds where they record a win in Canberra.
The Fijian Drua have to win both home games with a bonus point
It’s a pretty simple equation for the early game on Saturday afternoon with the Drua desperate to keep their finals hopes alive. Regardless of how Friday’s games play out, they have to pick up a win over the 0-12 Moana Pasifika and ideally add on a bonus point in the process.
Thankfully for them their last two games are at home and they go to a very different level when playing in front of their fans.
A 3-1 record at home is impressive for any team in just their second season of existence, but knocking off top five sides the Hurricanes and Crusaders shows just how strong that advantage is.
Add in the fact that Moana Pasifika have been nothing short of atrocious this season picking up just three losing bonus points and are coming off an awful performance in their 34 point loss to the Crusaders.
We will see just how far apart these two expansion sides are two years into their respective existences.