May 10, 2022
Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne admits the disappointing 67-5 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday is a huge lesson for the players this week.
Byrne said going into the Round 12 Super Rugby Pacific fixture against the Canes, the players were still on the high after their narrow loss to the Highlanders in Fiji two weeks ago.
However, Byrne is rest assured the players will continue to learn from the loss and put up a better performance this week.
"I think there was a big learning curve for us."
"Coming out of the high of the weekend before against the Highlanders, and you know the boys didn’t perform well, we didn't get the victory but they performed well and there was a massive high being back home in the country," Byrne admitted.
He also acknowledged the effort of the players showing up again and giving in their best against the Highlanders in New Zealand on Sunday.
"But I think for us, one of the key things was the ability to come up again at the end of the week, and having experienced the highs of the week before and that was sort of, Tuesday's training was quite poor."
"Certainly there was indication there that the boys might have still been on the high from the weekend."
"But then when we travelled into Wellington, our training on Thursday was probably one of the better training we've had all year."
"So it's sort of there is no indication that the players were going to start flat like they did against the Hurricanes."
"But it is a learning curve that, you know, you're coming off a high and your ability to come from that high and then get yourself back into the sort of mental state to be ready to go the following week," he added.
The Drua will meet the Moana Pasifika on Saturday at 4.35pm.
By Romeka Romena