Fijian Drua Men fall again in Melbourne after 41-20 loss to the Rebels

Fijian Drua Men fall again in Melbourne after 41-20 loss to the Rebels

By Mosese Raqio
Friday 05/04/2024
[Image: Fijian Drua]

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua gave away a 20-8 comfortable lead in the first half to lose 41-20 against the Rebels in their round 7 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific match tonight.

The Drua started the game well taking an early 8-0 lead through a penalty kick at goal from Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula and an unconverted try to Frank Lomani.

The Rebels replied in the 20th minute with a penalty to Carter Gordon to close the gap to 8-3 before Apisalome Vota scored another unconverted try in the corner to extend the Drua’s lead to 13-3.

Fijian-born Rebels flanker Angelo Smith scored an unconverted try to put the Rebels back into the game trailing by 13-8.

Ratu Leone Rotuisolia scored the Drua’s third try with a successful conversion from Ravula to extend their lead to 20-8 before the Rebels replied with a converted try to hooker Jordan Uelese at the stroke of halftime to trail 20-15.

The Rebels regrouped in the second spell and prevented the Drua from crossing their try line.

The Rebels scored another 4 tries and three conversions through winger Glen Vaihu, who scored two tries, flanker Maciu Nabolakasi and Filipo Daugunu to secure the win.

Meanwhile, the Drua still are currently in 7th place on the overall Super Rugby Pacific points table despite the loss and await the results from the remaining matches from tomorrow.

In other matches tonight, the Blues demolished the Force 50-3.

In tomorrow’s matches, the Chiefs face Moana Pasifika at 6.05pm tomorrow while the Brumbies meet the Waratahs at 8.35pm tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Rooster Chicken Fijian Drua Women will play the Brumbies Women at 6.05pm tomorrow in round 4 of the Super Rugby Women’s Competition.

Round 14

DateTimeTeamTeam
Fri 24 MayFull TimeChiefs17 - 20Hurricanes
Full TimeBrumbies53 - 17Rebels
Sat 25 MayFull TimeMoana Pasifika27 - 12Waratahs
Full TimeCrusaders29 - 27Blues
Full TimeReds 59 - 13Force
Sun 26 MayFull TimeHighlanders39 - 3Fijian Drua
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MATCH REPORT:

80' The Rebels' wins the lineout and kicks the ball out for fulltime. Drua 20-41 Rebels

76' Scrum awarded to the Drua after the Rebels' knocked the ball on. Drua 20-41 Rebels

74' Drua receives their second red card of the match after prop Jone Koroiduadua committed a dangerous foul on a Rebels' player. Drua 20-41 Rebels

73' Drua knocks the ball on inside the Rebels' 5 metre line. Scrum awarded to the Rebels. Drua 20-41 Rebels

71' Penalty to the Drua inside the Rebels' 10 metre line. They opt for a lineout. Drua 20-41 Rebels

69' Gordon converts the try from the touch line. Drua 20-41 Rebels

68' Filipo Daugunu extends the Rebels' score with a try in the corner. Conversion to come. Drua 20-39 Rebels

67' Rebels knock the ball on inside the Drua's 22 metre line. Scrum to the Drua. Drua 20-34 Rebels

66' Penalty to the Rebels off the scrum, they opt for a lineout. 20-34 Rebels

65' Scrum to the Rebels after Drua's Epeli Momo knocks the ball on inside the Rebels' half. 20-34 Rebels

63' Scrum awarded to the Drua inside the Rebels territory. 20-34 Rebels

60' Great defence from the Drua to turn the ball over off the maul inside their own 5 metre line. 20-34 Rebels

57' Drua's Lomani has been red carded for a foul play on a Rebels player. 20-34 Rebels

57' The Rebels defended their tryline well forcing the Drua to kock the ball on. Referee goes to the TMO to check for a dangerous tackle. Drua 20-34 Rebels

53' Glen Vaihu scores his second try for the Rebels to extend their lead. Conversion unsuccessful. Drua 20-34 Rebels

47' Maciu Nabolakasi extends the Rebels' lead with a converted try. Drua 20-29 Rebels

42' Rebels scores a converted try to take the lead. Drua 20-20 Rebels

40' Rebels kicks off the second half. Drua 20-15 Rebels

40' conversion successful from Gordon. Rebels close the gap at halftime. DRU 20-15 REB

40' Jordan Uelese scores the Rebels' second try off a maul at the stroke of half time. Conversion to come. DRU 20-13 REB

39' Rotuisolia yellow carded for that dangerous tackle on Gordon. DRU 20-8 REB

39' TMO interferes to check a dangerous tackle by a Drua player on Rebels' Gordon. DRU 20-8 REB

39' Penalty awarded to the Rebels ainside the Drua's territory after a side entry from the Drua. The Rebels goes for touch. DRU 20-8 REB

35' Referee sticks with his decision to award the Drua with a goal line drop out. DRU 20-8 REB

35' Referee goes to the TMO to check for a foul play by the Drua. DRU 20-8 REB

35' Goal line drop out for the Drua. DRU 20-8 REB

34' Ravula successfully converts the try to extend the Drua's lead. DRU 20-8 REB

33' Ratu Leone Rotuisolia scores the Drua's 3rd try of the match to extend their lead. Conversion yet to come. DRU 18-8 REB

32' Penalty to the Drua for an offside by the Rebels inside their 5 metre line. Drua opts to run it. DRU 13-8 REB

29' Gordon misses the conversion. Score remains. DRU 13-8 REB

29' Angelo Smith scores the Rebels' first try. Conversion to come. DRU 13-8 REB

28' Penalty to the Rebels off the scrum. The Rebels opt for a lineout. DRU 13-3 REB

27' Scrum awarded to the Rebels inside the Drua's 22 metre line after a knock on from the Drua. DRU 13-3 REB

24' Ravula misses the conversion. Score remains. DRU 13-3 REB

23' Apisalome Vota scores the Drua's second try to extend their lead. Conversion to come. DRU 13-3 REB

20' Carter Gordon successfully converts the penalty. DRU 8-3 REB

18' Penalty to the Rebels off the scrum. They opt for a kick at goal. DRU 8-0 REB

17' Free kick to the Rebels. They opt for another scrum. DRU 8-0 REB

15' Scrum awarded to the Rebels inside the Drua's territory after Ravula knocked the ball on. DRU 8-0 REB

14' Ravula misses the conversion. Score remains. DRU 8-0 REB

14' Frank Lomani scores the Drua's first try to extend their lead. Conversion to come. DRU 8-0 REB

12' Rebels awarded another penalty inside the Drua's 5 metre line, they opt for touch and kicks it over the dead ball line. 22 metre restart for the Drua. DRU 3-0 REB

10' Great defence from the Drua to force the Rebels to knock the ball on right on their try line. DRU 3-0 REB

10' The Rebels win a penalty inside the Drua's 22 metre line, they opt for the touch line. DRU 3-0 REB

9' Ravula successfully converts the penalty to give the Drua the lead. DRU 3-0 REB

8' Drua awarded another penalty inside the Rebels' territory. The Drua opts for another shot at goal. DRU 0-0 REB

6' Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula misses the kick for goal. Score remains. DRU 0-0 REB

5' Penalty awarded to the Drua inside the Rebel's 10 metre line. Drua opts to go for goal. DRU 0-0 REB

3' Great defence from the Drua forcing the Rebels to knock the ball on inside the Drua's 22 metre line. Scrum to the Drua. DRU 0-0 REB

1' No try called. Scrum called back for the Rebels inside their own territory. DRU 0-0 REB

1' Referee goes to the TMO to check for a potential knock on from the Drua in lead up to Selestino Ravutaumada's try. DRU 0-0 REB

Kick off!

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