Super Rugby Pacific | More work for the Fijian Drua

Fijian Drua player Mesake Doge warms up before the captain's run at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

“A lot of work is needed from the boys to get a win.”

This was emphasised by Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Meli Derenalagi.

The Nadi-based Fijian Drua clash against their Pacific Island arch-rivals Moana Pasifika in Round 14 of the Super Rugby Pacific competition at Churchill Park in Lautoka at 2.05 pm today.

Derenalagi, who has battled with injuries this season, starts at Number 8 and would inject the much-needed firepower in his forwards pack against a hard-hitting Moana Pasifika pack.

“We know it will be a physical match for the boys because we are the two rivals of the Pacific,” he said.

“It won’t be easy for the boys but we feel we have done enough preparation for the match and are also trying very hard to achieve our target, which is to be in the top eight.”

The lanky forward dubbed the ‘White Shark’ said they were hoping to maintain their home games winning record.

“Winning three of the four home games so far this season is a big achievement for the boys, and we are working hard to maintain that consistency of winning every home games.

“We know they would come hard and it will take a lot of work from the boys to stand the ground and to protect their own turf.”

He said teams like Highlanders, Reds and Western Force were also vying to make it to the top eight and stakes are high to win every remaining game.

“We are all fighting here, and we will just keep on working hard and focus on the teams that we are playing against.

“We know those teams in contention for the top eight are working hard to win their matches and we have to just see where we stand at the end of the Round 15.”

The side had their Captain’s run at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday.

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