Can Drua cause an upset?

The Fijian Drua are the newcomers to Super Rugby Pacific and this Friday they will go head to head with the team that has amassed the most wins in the tournament and scored the most points.

From the inception of Super Rugby, the Crusaders have stamped their mark as the powerhouse of the competition.

Over the years, the New Zealand team has produced stars of the game and have boasted the most All Blacks in a squad at any time.

These are the same players who have been idolised by the Fijian Drua players while growing up. There will be respect and admiration for the Crusaders from the Fijian Drua, but make no mistake, the Drua are planning to take the game to the Crusaders.

Captain Meli Derenalagi said with the right mindset and decisions on the field, they could create an upset.

Fijian Drua will be taking on the Crusaders this Friday. Picture: Fijian Drua Twitter

“The boys only watched these teams on TV. And now we are playing against our favourite players. We were talking outside and telling them too, that we need to show them too who’s the best in Super Rugby.”

For head coach Mick Byrne, the Crusaders is also a tactical force and he will have to prepare his team for whatever they have up their sleeves.

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He said the message to the players all week has been to lift their game because just like their admiration for Super Rugby big boys, the Drua had become players young Pacific children wanted to be like.

“Consistency has been our focus as well. We need to be able to execute what we have been doing in training,” he said.

Meanwhile, hooker turned flanker in the last game, Mesulame Dolakoto could be seeing himself in a new position more often.

Fijian Drua in their last game against Moana Pasifika. Picture: Fijian Drua Twitter

Byrne said Dolakoto was impressive at flanker.

The loose forwards would be key to ball retention and turning over possession. The Crusaders loose forwards are world class players.

The Fijian Drua face the Crusaders on Friday evening in Christchurch.

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