It’s finally going to happen! After 13 intense rounds of Super Rugby Pasifika competition, and playing against some of the world’s best teams – the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika will now face each other in what is expected to be another barnstormer of a rugby game.
Poised with their God-given talents and their flamboyant rugby style – the teams offer a fresh flavour to the Super Rugby scene.
Drua Winger Vinaya Habosi has been in scintillating form lately, thrilling crowds with some spectacular runaway tries. However Moana Pasifika’s Timoci Tavatavanawai is also a player to watch given his recent powerful and strong hit ups in the wings.
Hoping to bounce back after a loss to the Wellington Hurricanes last Sunday, the Fijian Drua plans to do better against the Moana Pasifika this week.
Head Coach Mick Berne indicated that consistency was an issue for the Drua: “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. 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.”
Berne also added that his team is ready and excited for this particular fixture saying, “Big weekend for us against one of the two new teams that revitalised Super Rugby…we’re really looking forward to putting on the show this week.”
So far, both teams have only recorded a single win each in their Super Rugby debut season. With some occasions, the games going right to the wire, only to be inched out by a try or two deficits.
In most parts, this game is all about Pacific pride and passion, so we should expect fireworks for this one – as the Fijian Drua carefully treads into Moana Pasifika territory to try and establish Pacific rugby dominance.
The Drua vs Moana match kicks off at 4.35pm at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta this Saturday 14 May.