At CommBank Stadium, Sydney: Fijian Drua 34 (Attempt Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta 5min, Vinaya Habosi 7min, Apisalome Vota 31min, 69min; Teti Tela 4 cons, 2 pencils). Moana Pacifica 19 (Attempt Solomone Funaki 12min, Abraham Pole 36min, Timoci Tavatavanawai 56min; Lincoln McClutchie con, William Havili con). HT: 24-12
Fijian Drua has received the bragging rights competitors between two new Tremendous Rugby gamers in Sydney, defeating a sloppy Moana Pacifica comprehensively.
Moana Pacifica was sluggish out of the blocks in a lukewarm present, conceding two tries within the first 10 minutes, and having to chase the sport all afternoon in what might be essentially the most disappointing efficiency of the season.
The loss roots them on the backside of the ladder, 5 factors behind Drua, albeit with a recreation towards the Western Energy.
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After 24-12 within the first half, Moana Pacifica made a quick comeback menace within the 56th minute as Danny Toala began a tryout for Timoci Tavatavanawai within the midfield kick.
Nonetheless, Drua regained management of the sport and Apisalome Vota’s second try after 69 minutes sealed the deal.
Energy wing Tavatavanawai was once more the very best of the present for Moana Pacifica, outpacing the defenders on a number of events.
For Drua, wing Vinaya Habosi confirmed his high quality as soon as once more with a scorching left wing long-distance trial after making the most of the Moana Pacifica error.
Lincoln McClutchie tried to catch the flying No 11, however Habosi’s velocity was an excessive amount of.
Drua fullback Kitione Taliga had fun with the ball in hand as Drua appeared like a extra cohesive offensive unit.
Moana Pacifica missed a couple of good alternatives because of poor dealing with and regardless of Solomone Kata’s decided present, they missed out on in-form midfielder Levi Aumua.
Bulldozer Aumua and key Sam Slade had been stopped earlier this week by coach Aaron Mauger for disciplinary causes, a significant setback as Aumua’s midfield mixture with Toala was one of many highlights of Moana Pacifica’s season.
Moana Pacifica additionally misplaced management of veteran level guard Christian Leali’ifano, who got here to the bench after an sickness this week.
Leali’ifano got here into the sport after 59 minutes and was positioned within the midfield, however couldn’t enhance the standard of the second half.
Kaleveti Ravouvou snatched the match by the neck 10 minutes earlier than the tip of the match and started a weaving run that ultimately led to Drua’s fourth try. Moana emptied Pacifica.
Match ranking: 6/10
There have been some heavy tackles on protection, however this was a recreation that confirmed how far each groups needed to go to be able to climb the ladder subsequent yr. Errors on either side spoiled the move of the sport, and having to play the sport in entrance of a modest crowd in West Sydney dulled the sense of alternative.
Moana Pacifica remained within the picket spoon place, which is Drua’s 5 aggressive factors. Failure to attain a shedding bonus level may damage them, however it’s been exhausting to evaluate as a result of season-long fixture crunch because of Covid.
His midfield associate Apisalome Vota managed two tries, however Drua No 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou was arguably the simplest participant on the sector together with his robust run and good determination making. The couple has been a handful all season lengthy.