Highlanders will not underestimate Fijian Drua: Coach Tony Brown


Otago Highlanders coach Tony Brown says the team will not under estimate the Fijian Drua especially in their backyard.

The Highlanders team arrived last night ahead of their clash with the Fijian Drua this weekend.

“Yeah I think they will be passionate and want to put on a really good performance for their people and I think they will want to prove themselves against us on Saturday.”

This is the second time the side will be playing in Fiji as they last came in 2018 to play the Chiefs.

However, this time, they are playing a Fijian team on home soil and according to coach Tony Brown, they are expecting a good hit up.

A notable player who did not travel with the team to Fiji is Aaron Smith as he has been rested.

Fiji born and Highlanders wing Mosese Dawai said his relatives in Ra and Nadi have booked a bus to watch this weekend’s Super Rugby match in Suva.

Dawai who hails from Bucalevu, Nakorotubu Ra, arrived with the team last night and is looking forward to catching up with loved ones in Fiji.

The 23 year old said his father is already in the country while his mum will be coming in later as they are eager to watch him in action against the Swire Shipping Drua.

But when asked if he knew which team his relatives will be cheering for, Dawai jokingly says he is not sure at the moment.

“I don’t know that will be a good question, I don’t know but we will find out on Saturday.”
Dawai said it will definitely be a special moment for him if he is picked for the match.