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Fijian Drua beat Melbourne Rebels in Queensland

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This is the first meeting in Super Rugby between Fijian Drua and Melbourne Rebels at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana Waters, Queensland.

The Rebels have won only two of their last 10 games in the competition when facing a team for the first time (L8), although they did win their most recent instance (35-9 v Sunwolves – Round 4, 2016).

  • Fijian Drua will host their first game in Super Rugby, but they have lost their first two games in the competition, conceding 40+ points in both.
  • Melbourne Rebels have lost their last five Super Rugby matches against non-Australian teams, conceding 43 points per game in that span. Moreover, the last time they went on a longer losing run was an eight-match span from April 2016 to March 2017.
  • The Rebels have not won at Suncorp Stadium in Super Rugby since March 2019 (32-13 v Queensland Reds), logging four successive defeats in Brisbane.
  • The Victorians have been kept to fewer than 10 points in each of their last two Super Rugby games; the last and only previous time any team was kept to a single figure score in more than two consecutive games in the competition was a four-game stretch for the Lions in 2007.
  • Drua have made 41 tackle breaks in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, the second-most of any team in the competition (Hurricanes – 59) and 17 more than the Melbourne Rebels (24).

Players to watch

  • No team has made more dominant tackles in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign than the Fijian Drua (14); Isoa Nasilasila, Kitione Salawa, and Vinaya Habosi have each made two dominant tackles this season.
  • The Rebels have won more total lineouts (30) and stolen more opposition lineouts (5) than any other team in the competition.
  • Napolioni Bolaca (Fijian Drua) is one of only five players in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign to have gained more than 100 metres per 80 minutes played (110m); only one Melbourne player (Tamati Ioane – 52m) has gained 50 metres or more per 80 minutes this season.
  • Tamati Ioane (Melbourne Rebels) has made 16 carries per 80 minutes in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, the second-most of any player to have played at least 40 minutes this season (Rhys Marshall – 24)

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Australia.

2.00: TRY! Young Tonumaipea finishes off a slick backline move that saw a chicken-wing pass by Brad Wilkin, a and one-hand flick to by Matt To’omua to Carter Gordon, who sent the winger away in the corner for a debut try. 0-5

4.00: CONVERSION! To’omua slots the touchline kick. 0-7

7.00: A forward pass from Glen Vaihu to Raymond Nu’u gives the Fijians a scrum inside the Melbourne half.

10.00: Drua having a decent go in the opening stages, they have forced Melbourne into a couple of unforced errors as they search for a score.

12.00: Big scrum by Fijian Drua to win a penalty.

14.00: NO TRY! Drua think they have hit back through Vinaya Habosi, who shrugged off four defenders on the way to scoring under the posts; however, the TMO chalks of the score for Habosi being offside at the ruck when he picked up the ball. That is soft from the officials. 0-7

15.00: Onisi Ratave knocks on an intercept that would have seen him race away to score from his side’s 22. Instead, scrum to Rebels on the 22.

17.00: Reset scrums on a slippery surface.

18.00: Joe Powell’s pass is forward – scrum to Drua inside their 22. A lot of forward passes so far.

21.00: Rebels competing at the ruch, which is disrupting Drua’s scrumhalf. Somehow, the Fijians keep possession before a nine-phase attack ends with a holding penalty.

24.00: Drua wins a penalty near their goal line to clear the danger, but another skew throw by hooker Tevita Ikanivere, gives away possession near their 22.

27.00: Rebels have an attacking lineout inside the Drua 22.

28.00: Mick Byrne’s men are leaking penalties, but their cover-defence has kept the Rebels out.

30.00: NO TRY! The pressure takes its toll on the Islanders, who concede two more penalties before Melbourne crashes through the blue wall; however, the ball is held up. Goal line drop-out. 0-7

32.00: Scrum penalty against the Drua, To’omua kicks to the corner.

33.00: YELLOW CARD! Ratu Rotuisolia is off for three infringements in a row inside his 22. 0-7

33.00: TRY! James Hanson flops over the whitewash after a powerful driving maul from 10 metres out. 0-12

35.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 0-14

36.00: Onisi Ratave with another handling error, this time dropping a high ball while under no pressure.

39.00: TRY! The winger makes ammends for his errors, scoring under the posts after a mistake by the Rebels, who could not gather a high ball inside their 22. 5-14

40.00: CONVERSION! Caleb Muntz’s kick is good. 7-14

The halftime score was Fijian Drua 7 Melbourne Rebels 14

41.00: PEEEP! We are back uderway in Queensland.

44.00: A long series of attacks and coutner-attacks ends with Peni Matawalu kicking out on the full.

45.00: TRY! Vilive Miramira beats Brad Wilkin to a loose ball from the top of the Rebels’ lineout, and races down the touchline, slipping Wilkin’s desperate ankle-tap to score in the corner. Sensational! 12-14

46.00: MISS! Teti Tela misses from wide. 12-14

50.00: It’s helter-skelter in Queensland. Fijian Drua have taken hold of the game, the momentum is in favour of the South Sea Islanders.

53.00: PENALTY! Teti Tela puts Fijian Drua ahead. 15-14

55.00: TRY! Apisalome Vota races away down the sideline to score against the run of play. Scrumhalf Peni Matawalu took the penalty quickly and sped away from the Rebels before drawing two defenders. He sent Vota down the left-hand sideline to increase the lead with a deft pass too. 20-15

56.00: CONVERSION! Tela adds the extars. 22-14

57.00: Both teams making changes as the game reaches the hour mark.

58.00: A scrum penalty id followed up by an off-the-ball scuffle. The ref settles things down, and talks to the players.

59.00: TRY! A slick backline move sees fullback Gordon’s grubber bamboozle his oppositie number Selestino Ravutaumada, and ball bouncing into the open arms of Tonumaipea, for his second of the night. 22-19

61.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 22-19

64.00: PENALTY! Tela makes no mistake from in front. 25-19

67.00: PENALTY! Another three for Tela and his team. 28-19

70.00: It’s all Drua, who are rock solid in defence at the minute, the Rebels cannot find a way through the blue wall.

74.00: another scrum penalty will allow Melbourne to clear to the opposition’s half. Time is running out.

77.00: PENALTY! Tela puts the game out of reach for Rebels. 31-19

79.00: It’s all Drua as they move into the Rebels’ 22 again; they have been awesome tonight.

81.00: TRY! Glen Vaihu pops to Raymond Nu’u to score a consolation bonus-point. 31-24

83.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 31-26

FULL TIME

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The final score is Fijian Drua 31 (7) Rebels 26 (14)

Scorers

Fijian Drua
Tries – Ratave, Miramira, Vota
Pen – Tela (4)
Con – Muntz, Tela
Drop –
Cards –

Rebels
Tries – Tonumaipea (2), Hanson, Nu’u
Pen –
Con – To’omua (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Reuben Keane
Assistant Ref 2: James Palmer
TMO: Brett Cronan

Teams

Fijian Drua

15 Selestino Ravutaumada, 14 Onisi Ratave, 13 Apisalome Vota, 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou, 11 Vinaya Habosi, 10 Caleb Muntz, 9 Peni Matawalu, 8 Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 7 Vilive Miramira, 6 Meli Derenalagi (captain), 5 Ratu Rotuisolia, 4 Isoa Nasilasila, 3 Samuela Tawake, 2 Tevita Ikanivere, 1 Kaliopasi Uluilakepa

Replacements:
16 Mesulame Dolokoto, 17 Timoci Sauvoli, 18 Manasa Saulo, 19 Viliame Rarasea, 20 Rusiate Nasove, 21 Joshua Vuta, 22 Teti Tela, 23 Jona Mataiciwa

Melbourne Rebels

15 Carter Gordon, 14 Young Tonumaipea, 13 Lukas Ripley, 12 Raymond Nu’u, 11 Glen Vaihu, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Tamati Ioane, 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Michael Wells (captain), 5 Josh Canham, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 James Hanson, 1 Cameron Orr

Replacements: 16 Efi Ma’afu, 17 Isaac Aedo Kailea, 18 Rhys van Nek, 19 Josh Hill, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Nick Jooste, 23 Ilikena Vudogo

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