The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua went down fighting 27-24 against the Queensland Reds in their Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific game.
The Drua collected the first points in the game through the boots of Frank Lomani to give them a 3-0 lead, however, the Reds responded through a try to Josh Flook in the 10th minute to give the Queensland side a 5-3 lead.
Flook scored his second try before halftime to put the Reds in a comfortable 12-3 lead at the break.
Kitione Salawa was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.
The Reds started the second half with tries from Harry Wilson and Suliasi Vunivalu.
Ratu Rotuisolia scored the Drua's first try in the 53rd minute, and Kalaveti Ravouvou crossed over to close the gap to 24-17.
Tom Lynagh converted a penalty to extend the Reds' lead to 27-17.
Iosefo Masi gave the Drua some hope when he scored in the 70th minute of the match. Masi has now scored a try in every Drua game.
With only a minute to go, Filipo Daugunu managed to dampen the Drua’s forward momentum standing strong over the ball, sealing the victory for the host team.
In another result, the Highlanders beat the Rebels 43-35.
|3' Drua now in possession of the ball||3' Ball not rolling away|
|4' Line out by Tevita Ikanivere|
|5' Elia Canakaivata runs for the try line but falls short. Ball knocked on.|
|7' Frank Lomani converts the penalty|
|10' TRY to Josh Flook, conversion unsuccesful|
|18th min, Penalty to the Drua|
|21'Yellow Card to Kitione Salawa Dangerous Tackle|
|22' Drua get a penalty after Reds ruled to be obstructing from a lineout|
|24' 50-22 kick from Droasese|
|25' Drua lose their own lineout but Reds knock it on|
|25' Aimless kick from Lomani off the scrum just giving the ball away to the Reds|
|26' Penalty to the Reds, Drua front row standing p in the scrum|
|28' Flook gets his second try under the sticks. Conversion successful|
|31st min, Penalty to the Reds, Drua not releasing|
|38th min, Flook coughed up the ball after an O'Connor chip kick through|
|Kick off by Reds. Second half underway|
|41' Harry Wilson makes the third try to extend their lead against the Drua|
|Suliasi Vunivalu executes will another try. Conversion successful|
|52' Uru sees YELLOW|
|53' TRY to Rotuisolia. Lomani converts|
|55' Reds knock on the ball and Drua get penalised for tackling player without the ball|
|57th min, Drua get penalised for not releasing the ball|
|64' Ravouvou scores off a quick tap from a penalty and the Drua spread it out wide with the try in the corner. Conversion successful|
|68' Drua get penalised in their 22 for not releasing the ball|
|69th min, Lynagh extends the lead for the Reds with a penalty conversion 27-17|
|70'Iosefo has now scored a try in every Drua game this season. Conversion successful from Lomani|
|78' Drua penalised for not releasing the ball|
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