Dominant first half sees Drua beat Rebels 38-28

Dominant first half sees Drua beat Rebels 38-28

By Naveel Krishant
Saturday 01/04/2023

A dominant first half display laid the platform for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s 38-28 victory over the Rebels in the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific.

The Drua led 33-7 at half time.

The Drua started the match in rampant fashion as Ilaisa Droasese scored the first try in the first minute before Selestino Ravutaumada intercepted a Rebels pass to get the second try.

Vilive Miramira was the next on the score sheet as the Drua extended their lead to 19-0 in the first 20 minutes.

The Rebels were next to score to close the score line to 19-7.

Impressive centre Iosefo Masi scored his fifth try of the season to extend the Drua’s lead to 26-7 before Kitione Salawa scored his try to extend the lead to 33-7.

The Rebels scored 3 tries in the second half to Drua’s 1.

Drua captain Meli Derenalagi has thanked the fans for their support and says the focus now turns to the Brumbies.

Match Updates:


1st minute - The Drua are straight onto attack from the kick-off and Ilaisa Droasese scores the first try of the match. Drua 5 vs Rebels 0

4th minute - Selestino Ravutaumada intercepts and goes on for the Drua's second try. Drua 12 vs Rebels 0

9th minute - The Rebels are applying immense pressure on the Drua defence but knock on just metres away from the try line.

13th minute - A Drua attack breaks down as they knock the ball on.

16th minute - Vilive Miramira crosses over for the Drua's third try as they went from one end of the field to the other. Drua 19 vs Rebels 0

22nd minute - The Rebels cross over for their first try after relentless pressure on the Drua try line. Drua 19 vs Rebels 7

26th minute - Iosefo Masi scores the fourth try for the Drua after making a brilliant line break. Drua 26 vs Rebels 7

28th minute - The Drua is running rampant at the HFC Bank Stadium as Kitione Salawa scores another try. Drua 33 vs Rebels 7

32nd minute - The Drua defence is strong as they repel the Rebels' attack.

Halftime - Fijian Drua 33 vs Rebels 7

Second half starts

42nd minute - Rebels start the second half with a try. Drua 33 vs Rebels 14

47th minute - The Drua give away a penalty for a late tackle on a Rebels player.

48th minute - The Drua get a turnover on their try line and prevent a try.

59th minute- Pinpoint kick has enabled Elia Canakaivata to score the try. Drua 38 - 14 Rebels

65th minute - Carter Gordon keeps the Rebels in the game with their third try. Drua 38 vs Rebels 21.

73rd minute - Both teams knock on inside the Rebels half.

77th minute - Pone Fa'amausili gets a consolation try. Drua 38 vs Rebels 28 

Full time. Drua 38 vs Rebels 28

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