15 Sep 2017

Sport: Defence a key for Fijian Drua rugby team

12:35 pm on 15 September 2017

The coach of the Fijian Drua Senirusi Seruvakula says defence will be his team's focus in Saturday's match against the New South Wales Eagles.

After two rounds in Australia's National Rugby Championship the Drua, competing for the first time, are third on the table following last week's win over Melbourne.

Seruvakula said for the Drua's first home game his team must show they are a force without the ball.

"Speed and accuracy is very important and one thing that we are really going to work on this week is our defence, because we can attack. That is certainly in our blood but we just need to be very smart in our defence," he said.

Seruvakula has kept Peceli Nacebe at fly-half for tomorrow's game at Sigatoka's Lawaqa Park.

Nacebe played at fullback in the Drua's loss to Brisbane in the opening round of the NRC, before switching to 10 in last week's win over Melbourne.

Nacebe scored two tries and kicked five conversions against Melbourne and Seruvakula said he wanted more of the same against the Eagles.

The Drua mark this first win of the NRC with song

The Drua mark this first win of the NRC with song Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

He hoped Nacebe will open up the field for other players.

"The reason why I changed him into 10 is that I wanted him to have less space so he could move around but he still can do that pretty well," he said.

"He's in that position again this week.

"I put him at number 10 but I think the Eagles will be marking him but that is good for us so we can have the 12 and 13 do their job."

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