Better to analyse Fijian Drua than play them: Taumoepeau


The Fijian Drua is getting better in Super Rugby Pacific according to Waratahs Assistant Coach Pauli Taumoepeau.

Taumoepeau says it’s scary to play the Drua this week compared to six weeks ago.

He says they’ll have to expect the Fijian to be more physical and fitter on Friday.

“It’s been awesome to watch them play, someone said the Drua are awesome to watch when you’re not playing them like it’s exactly right, I love reviewing them but it’s also a scary process to go through”.

Taumoepeau says the Drua is also starting to find its feet in the competition which makes this week’s clash interesting.

“They’re so physical, their set-piece is getting better, they seem to have solidified a nine and ten, and once you get those two pieces solidified and those moving parts around, it just becomes dangerous”

Fijian Drua lost 10-40 to Waratahs in the first round and they’ll meet again on Friday at 8:45pm at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast.

However, before the match, the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua faces Waratahs in a Super W top-of-the-table clash at 6pm.

Meanwhile, the Fijian Drua has launched a hospitality package for fans, 31 days out from its first home game in Fiji later next month.

This package is for fans looking for a ‘Drua experience’ for $450(US$215) per person.

Drua Chief Executive Brian Thorburn said this is a unique opportunity for fans to mix and mingle with Fiji rugby legends before and after the match.

Thorburn confirms Waisale Serevi and other rugby legends which will be announced soon will be part of the ‘Drua experience’.

“The magician Waisale Serevi who we are flying in from Seattle specifically for this purpose, it will be an opportunity to be entertained by an MC to enjoy wonderful canapes and cocktails”

Thorburn says after the match, fans will return to the FMF Gymnasium for the post-match function and will get an opportunity to meet the Drua players and coaching staff.

He said the package comes with platinum tickets for the best possible seats at the ANZ Stadium.

The Drua CEO said the side is looking forward to playing in its home ground after nine rounds of Super Rugby Pacific.

He said it is therefore important for a full sell-out of tickets to give the players a great environment.