Home support will boost Drua

Fijian fans were out in force for the Drua’s first proper home game. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

The Fiji support next week is something Swire Shipping Fijian Drua coach Mick Byrne and his players will be looking forward to when they take on the Chiefs in a Super Rugby Pacific clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka next week.

Following a 61-3 loss to the Crusaders on Friday night, Byrne said the support they’d received in their inaugural year in Super Rugby was massive boost to the players.

A good number of members from the Fijian community in Christchurch turned up at the Orangetheory Stadium to cheer the players on.

“We’ve had that in most stadiums we’ve gone to. There’s a healthy Fijian community all around the world,” Byrne said.

“We’ve noticed over the years with the 7s — wherever they’ve played they’ve carried a good crowd. The Fijian community has been great supporting us.”

Byrne said they were expecting similar scenes of a sell-out crowd when the Drua hosted its first Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in April.

The Fijian Drua host the Chiefs in their last match of the season at 3pm next Saturday.

Meanwhile, Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said tickets were selling fast, with 50 per cent or more than 5000 tickets sold.

“No more than two weeks ago in Suva and again next week in Lautoka is that Fijian community is something we’re gonna look forward to playing in front of.

“We’re really looking forward to it. This has probably been the coldest game we’ve played this year and next week is gonna be the hottest we’ve played. So it will be a good contrast for us.”

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