The Fijian Drua was brilliant in crunching the Crusaders 24-25 in Lautoka yesterday. Willed on by a loud capacity crowd, they played scintillating, open-running rugby, with their special mix of speed, handling skills and power prevailing over the structured style of Scott Robertson’s southern men.
In fact, three of the Crusaders’ four tries came from the driving mauls off lineout options, but the home side kept striking back on the counter attack, running in tries from deep inside their half.
There were a number of standout players for the Fijian Drua who put their hand up for MVP, including midfielders, Apisai Vota and Iosefo Masi, plus Eroni Sau on the Wing. Loose forward “Smokin’ Joe” Joseva Tamani also put in a big shift, but sparkling halfback, Frank Lomani was the best on show for his crisp service, clean passing, darting runs and inspiring general play.
At Churchill Park, Lautoka: Fijian Drua 25: Iosefo Masi try 30min, Ilaisa Droasese try 50min, Joseva Tamani try 61min, Eroni Sau try 67min; Teti Tela con; Kemu Valetini pen. Crusaders 24: Quentin MacDonald 2 tries 10min, 22min, Sevu Reece try 74min, Ioane Moananu try 78min; Fergus Burke 2 con. Ht: 5-12.
In other Super Rugby Round 3 games: the Blues 25-19 Hurricanes, the Reds 17-23 Brumbies and Moana Pasifika 18-21 Western Force.