21st November 08:38 AM
Fiji Drua defeat Canberra Vikings 40-35 in NRC Round 6
By Semi Turaga
Sunday 07/10/2018
Apisalome Waqatabu [with ball] was instrumental in the Drua's win over the Canberra Vikings

The Fiji Airways Drua have maintained their unbeaten run at home after beating the Canberra Vikings 40-35 in their Round 6 match of Australia’s National Rugby Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

The Drua scored five tries in the first half to lead 33-14 at the break.

The winning try came from Levani Kurumudu in the 60th minute.

Apisalome Waqatabu and Levani Kurumudu scored a double each in the match.

Waqatabu collected 18 individual points in the match.

Other tries came from Alivereti Veitokani and Aporosa Tabulawaki.

Captain Mosese Voka got a yellow card in the 74th minute.

It was the Drua’s fierce attack and support play that won them the game.

However, the concern which remains for the Drua is their failure to maintain consistency in the second half as the Vikings scored three unanswered tries.

The Drua continue to lead the NRC table with 23 points after Round 6.

Last year, the Vikings thrashed the Drua 66-5.

Game progression

Final - Fiji Airways Drua beat Canberra Vikings 40-35.

80+6 min - It's all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.

75 min - Irae Simone comes on.

75 min - Len Ikitau comes off.

74 min - Mosese Voka (Fijian Drua) is shown a yellow card.

73 min - Jone Manu comes on.

73 min - Apete Daveta comes off.

64 min - Peni Raidre comes on.

64 min - Eremasi Radrodro comes off.

61 min - Alifereti Veitokani makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.

60 min - Levani Kurumudu scores a try for Fijian Drua.

60 min - Canberra Vikings decide to make a substitution, with Mackenzie Hansen getting some game time.

60 min - Canberra Vikings decide to make a substitution, with Chance Peni being replaced.

58 min - Wharenui Hawera converts the try.

57 min - Brodie Leber scores a try for Canberra Vikings.

56 min - Canberra Vikings make a substitution with Ryan Lonergan coming on.

56 min - Canberra Vikings make a substitution with Joe Powell coming off.

53 min - Fijian Drua sub Enele Malele comes onto the field.

53 min - Apisalome Waqatabu departs for Fijian Drua.

53 min - Vere Taukona Vugakoto comes on for Fijian Drua.

53 min - Mesulame Dolokoto leaves the field.

52 min - Johnny Dyer comes on.

52 min - Jone Navori comes off.

51 min - Eroni Mawi comes on.

51 min - Joeli Veitayaki Jr. comes off.

50 min - Wharenui Hawera has kicked a conversion.

48 min - Joe Powell scores a try for Canberra Vikings.

48 min - Blake Enever comes on.

48 min - BJ Edwards comes off.

47 min - Canberra Vikings decide to make a substitution, with Max Bode getting some game time.

47 min - Canberra Vikings decide to make a substitution, with Thomas Ross being replaced.

47 min - Canberra Vikings make a substitution with George Francis coming on. 

47 min - Canberra Vikings make a substitution with Vunipola Fifita   coming off.

47 min - Canberra Vikings sub Connal McInerney comes onto the field.

47 min -  Josh Mann‑Rea departs for Canberra Vikings.

47 min - Tevita Naqali comes on for Fijian Drua.

47 min - Peni Naulago leaves the field.

44 min - Luke Tagi comes on.

44 min - Alivereti Rabukawaqa comes off.

42 min - The Canberra Vikings supporters go wild as Wharenui Hawera successfully kicks the conversion.

40 min - Jordan Jackson‑Hope scores a try for Canberra Vikings.

40 min -  The second half is underway.

HALFTIME - Fiji Airways Drua lead Canberra Vikings 33-14.

40 min -  The half‑time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.

39 min -  The touch judges raise their flags as Wharenui Hawera kicks the conversion.

38 min -  Jordan Jackson‑Hope scores a try for Canberra Vikings.

31 min -  Apisalome Waqatabu adds the two points for Fijian Drua.

30 min -  Aporosa Tabulawaki scores a try for Fijian Drua.   

29 min -  Conversion attempt from Apisalome Waqatabu has the distance but not the direction.

28 min -  Alifereti Veitokani scores a try for Fijian Drua.

27 min -  Apisalome Waqatabu does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.

26 min -  Apisalome Waqatabu scores a try for Fijian Drua.

17 min -  Apisalome Waqatabu makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.

16 min -  Levani Kurumudu scores a try for Fijian Drua.

14 min -  Apisalome Waqatabu converts the try.

13 min -  Apisalome Waqatabu scores a try for Fijian Drua.

11 min -  Wharenui Hawera has kicked a conversion.

10 min -  Len Ikitau scores a try for Canberra Vikings.

0  min -  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.  

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