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Fi­jian Drua de­feated Queens­land Coun­try 36-26 in front of a crowd of 6,523 at Churchill Park in Lau­toka to lift the Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Al­bert Tuisue scored a brace while Ere­masi Radro­dro, Peni Naulago and Aliv­ereti Veitokani also crossed for tries for the even­tual cham­pi­ons, with No 9 Frank Lo­mani named Man of the Match.

Drua coach Senirusi Seru­vakula said: “It’s mas­sive for the path­way in Fiji for lo­cal tal­ent and it’s a great achieve­ment for Fiji rugby. It’s been a suc­cess­ful year.

“Queens­land Coun­try have beaten us three times, so win­ning the fi­nal means we’ve beaten all the Aus­tralian teams.”

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