Super Rugby Pacific | Masi stars in victory

Iosefo Masi sprints away for a try for Fijian Drua against Moana Pasifika during the Super Rugby clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

A sizzling hat-trick to find of the season Iosefo Masi has propelled the Fijian Drua to a dramatic one-point victory over Moana Pasifika on Saturday and kept alive their slim hopes of an historic quarter-final spot in Super Rugby Pacific at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

The big moment

Moana kept coming back at the Drua throughout a surging contest, and this all came down to Leali’ifano’s conversion at the end.

Unfortunately he hooked it, and the Drua had the result they so desperately needed.

Match rating

8/10: OK, so some of the defence was not exactly copybook.

Or even adequate.

But who’s going to complain about a 14-try showcase of the attacking skills of both sides.

No shortage of entertainment as the Drua continue to show they’re a tough out at home.


Look no further than the gifted Masi who unleashed the full spectrum of his athletic qualities with a dazzling all-round display.

We are surely about to see more of this talented midfielder on the international stage.

The big picture

For the Drua a fifth victory of the season, improving them to 21 points, leaves them in with a shot at the quarterfinals, providing they finish well in their regular season finale at home to the Reds next Saturday.

For Moana a 13th consecutive defeat for the campaign means they need a win against the Waratahs in Sydney to avoid the schneid.

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