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+[*!!LIVE@STREAM##]* Fijian Drua vs Crusaders Live TV Broadcast Free SuperRugby on 11 March. 2023



As the excitement builds Fijian Drua vs Crusaders Live on Super Rugby for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua’s first Shop n Save Super Rugby Pacific home match against the defending champions Crusaders, the country’s top news website, fijivillage is giving you a chance to win 2 tickets to watch the game live at Churchill Park.All you have to do is download the fijivillage app from Play Store or App Store, take a screenshot and post it on the fijivillage Facebook page. In their first ever year of Super Rugby in 2022, Fijian Drua put in some impressive performances against big sides. That was however not enough as they only managed two wins in their 14 games.Shoutout to Newshub's Stephen Foote, who has somehow found his way to Lautoka for this encounter and is no doubt sipping pina coladas in the hospitality box. Maybe he can give Scott Robertson some breakdancing tips, after this review of last year's "rusty' victory celebrations.



In other matches, the Chiefs will take on the Highlanders at 6.05pm on Friday, the Rebels take on the Waratahs at 8.35pm on Friday, the Hurricanes take on the Blues at 6.05pm on Saturday, the Brumbies will face the Reds at 8.35pm on Saturday while the Western Force will take on Moana Pasifika at 11pm on Saturday.


Shoutout to Newshub's Stephen Foote, who has somehow found his way to Lautoka for this encounter and is no doubt sipping pina coladas in the hospitality box. Maybe he can give Scott Robertson some breakdancing tips, after this review of last year's "rusty' victory celebrations.




Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's live updates of the Super Rugby Pacific clash between six-time defending champions Crusaders and Fijian Drua at Churchill Park, Lautoka.


After their opening loss to the Chiefs, the southerners resumed normal transmission with a comprehensive victory over the Highlanders at the Melbourne 'Super Round'.


Coach Scott Robertson has rung the changes against the Drua, who beat Moana Pasifika in the opening week.

In their first ever year of Super Rugby in 2022, Fijian Drua put in some impressive performances against big sides. That was however not enough as they only managed two wins in their 14 games.


Coming into this season, hopes were there for vast improvement. They certainly have the talent, and are a very exciting team to watch. In round one Drua beat Moana 36-34 in a cracking contest in which Drua had to come back from a large deficit.


Last week, for 40 minutes, Drua were very impressive again. They went toe-to-toe with the Waratahs, and at the break the score was 17-17. But some terrible discipline saw things fall apart in the second half, in which Drua had to play two men down at one point.


Eventually the Fijian outfit lost 46-17, going pointless in the second 40 minutes.


Fijian Drua Injuries & Team News


Given how poor the discipline was last week, Drua could be force into making a few changes. Their squad also isn’t the stacked with quality, so they need to pick and choose when to rest players throughout.


Crusaders Form


The Crusaders are looking to defend their Super Rugby crown from last season. They made a slow start in 2022, but came back magnificently to win the tournament.


This season the Saders made a slow start again, losing their opening match 31-10 to the Chiefs on home soil. While the Chiefs are a quality outfit, losing at home is almost unheard of for the Crusaders.


The Christchurch-based outfit however bounced back strongly last week, smashing the Highlanders 52-15 in Melbourne. That bonus point win will give them plenty of confidence, and they’ll want to replicate those five points this weekend.


Hooker Ioane Moananu, prop Kershawl Sykes-Martin and first-five Taha Kemara are all named to make their Super Rugby debuts off the bench, while captain Scott Barrett will lead the side in his 100th game.


Most notably, All Blacks first-five Richie Mo'unga will take the week off, with Fergus Burke given the No.10 jersey.


Join us at 4:30pm for kickoff.


TAB Odds: Crusaders $1.14, Drua $5.25, draw $26


Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 2-Quentin MacDonald, 3-Tamaiti Williams, 4-Scott Barrett (c), 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Sione Havili Talitui, 7-Tom Christie, 8-Christian Lio-Willie, 9-Willi Heinz, 10-Fergus Burke, 11-Macca Springer, 12-David Havili, 13-Braydon Ennor, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Chay Fihaki


Reserves: 16-Ioane Moananu, 17-Kershawl Sykes-Martin, 18-Seb Calder, 19-Zach Gallagher, 20-Corey Kellow, 21-Noah Hotham, 22-Taha Kemara, 23-Dallas McLeod


Drua: 1-Meli Tuni, 2-Tevita Ikanivere (c), 3-Jone Koroiduadua, 4-Isoa Nasilasila, 5-Leone Rotuisolia, 6-Joseva Tamani, 7-Kitione Salawa, 8-Elia Canakaivata, 9-Frank Lomani, 10-Teti Tela, 11-Eroni Sau, 12-Apisalome Vota, 13-Iosefo Masi, 14-Selestino Ravutaumada, 15-Ilaisa Droasese


Reserves: 16-Mesulame Dolokoto, 17-Emosi Tuqiri, 18-Samuela Tawake, 19-Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 20-Meli Derenalagi, 21-Peni Matawalu, 22-Kemu Valetini, 23-Kalaveti Ravou

This is an opportunity to rest players for the Crusaders. It may only be round three but Scott Robertson has opted to make seven changes to the side.


Richie Mo’unga, Codie Taylor and Jack Goodhue are all rested with Fergus Burke, Quentin MacDonald and Brayton Ennor coming into the backline. There are further changes on the bench while Scott Barrett is set to feature in his 100th game for the Crusaders.

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