Super Rugby Pacific | Fijian Drua needs to win remaining matches

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Fijian Drua’s Ilaisa Droasese on the attack against Waratahs at Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia on Saturday night. Picture: FIJIAN DRUA

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side needs to win both its remaining matches with bonus points to have the best chance of making it to the playoffs of the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific.

This is according to coach Mick Byrne, who said while other equations may put the side through, winning the last two games is what the team is focusing on.

“Two bonus point wins, simplest explanation. There are other equations. We were not able to beat the Western Force on our away trip. That’s probably set us back a bit because it gave them a chance to get in front of us,” Byrne said.

“Now if they keep winning, they stay in front of us. The best way we can guarantee ourselves is with two wins.”

The Fijian Drua coach added both matches will not be easy and the clash against Moana Pasifika this Saturday will be a Pacific battle at its best.

“It is not that simple. We play Moana Pasifika this week, a very physical team. It’s a Pacific Island derby, and it is on the islands.

“It will be good for them as well as they have mostly been playing in New Zealand nearly all year. They will be enjoying coming to the islands.

“It’s a great challenge. It is a great spectacle and I’m sure the fans will see Pacific Island rugby at its best.”

The Drua hosts Moana Pasifika at 2.05pm at Churchill Park this Saturday.

They then play the Reds at 4.35pm at Suva’s HFC Bank Stadium on Saturday week.