Fijiana Drua handed the NSW Waratahs their first-ever Super W defeat and continued their dream debut season on the Gold Coast on Friday night.
The Drua – Fiji’s national women’s disguised team – prevailed 29-10 and played dazzling rugby in the much-anticipated clash between the competition’s unbeaten sides.
The Waratahs hadn’t lost a Super W game since its inception in 2018 before that 21-game streak was cut short.
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“Really happy for the girls with their performance,” said Drua captain Bitila Tawaki.
“Thank you Waratahs for giving us such a good game. It was not an easy game.”
The Drua blew up NSW with three tries in the first 18 minutes at Cbus Super Stadium against outside backs Vitalina Naikore, Kolora Lomani and Timaima Ravisa.
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It gave the Fijians a 17-0 lead and while the Waratahs rallied, they never really seemed to complete a miraculous comeback.
The victory almost confirmed Drua’s place in the final and NSW likely remains their opponent.
“It was really tough today,” Waratahs captain Grace Hamilton said.
“We tried offloads, which is not our game. We just have to play the platform.
“We just let them in and they capitalized on our mistakes.
“And credit to them, they’re good at it. They make points on every turnover.”
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