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Drua speedster torches the Reds

by Roger Brown

The Fijian Drua were expected to be entertaining and interesting in their first season of Super Rugby Pacific.

They weren’t supposed to claim their first scalp in round three with a win against the Rebels, and then go within a whisker of beating the best team in Australia.

But that’s exactly what has transpired for Mick Byrne’s spirited squad, who sing beautiful hymns in the changing room and then, just like the Drua Super W side, dazzle on the park.

Drua speedster torches the Reds

The Queensland Reds appeared to be in cruise control up 28-9 with 15 minutes to play at Suncorp Stadium.

But the Drua came storming back with tries to Onisi Ratave, Joseva Tamani and Vinaya Habosi to draw level before Fijian-born Seru Uru made two game-winning plays in Saturday night’s 33-28 triumph.

“The Reds are the victors but the Drua are the story,” former Wallaby Morgan Turinui said in commentary for Nine and Stan Sport.

“That is a sounding warning to this competition. The Fijian Drua are a force to be reckoned with.”

One of two expansion teams along with Moana Pasifika, the Drua were supposed to be based in Suva before COVID-19 scuppered that plan.

Instead they set up camp in the unlikely town of Lennox Head and have made progress, not excuses.