May 13, 2022
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'Do or die' challenge for Drua

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will find them in a ‘do or die’ situation when they take on Moana Pasifika tomorrow with the victor to avoid walking away with the wooden spoon.

The 2022 Super Rugby Pacific newcomers sit at the south end on the ladder with the Drua holding a one point lead over the bottom placed Moana Pasifika.

Coach Mick Byrne said his players have zoned in and knew the importance of tomorrow’s battle.

“These are the two teams that are revitalizing Super Rugby so we are definitely in for some exciting rugby,” Byrne told FijiLive.

“Our boys are aware of what’s ahead and focused for the task they need to do.

“They (Drua and Moana players) are mates but they get a bit of respect by how they hit each other as mates, so we are in for a pretty bruising and exciting affair.”

The match kicks off at 4.35 pm at CommBank Stadium.

Fijian Drua: Haereiti Hetet, Zuriel Togiatama, Manasa Saulo, Isoa Nasilasila, Viliame Rarasea, Meli Derenlagi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Frank Lomani, Teti Tela, Vinaya Habosi, Kalaveti Ravouvovu, Apisalome Vota, Onisi Ratave, Kitione Taliga, Tevita Ikanivere, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Samuela Tawake, Chris Minimbi, Nemani Nagusa, Peni Matawalu, Caleb Muntz, Selestino Ravutaumada

Moana Pasifika: Abraham Pole, Ray Niula, Sekope Kepu, Michael Curry, Alex McRobbie, Sione Tu'ipulotu, Solomone Funaki, Henry Time-Stowers, Ereatara Enari, Lincoln McClutchie, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Danny Toala, Solomone Kata, Tima Fainga'anuku, William Havili, Samiuela Moli, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Joe Apiokotoa, Veikoso Poloniati, Jack Lam, Jonathan Taumateine, Christian Leali'ifano, Henry Taefu

Referee: James Doleman

Assistant Referees: Graham Cooper, Matt Kellahan

By Noa Biudole


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