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Injury time try spoils Drua's party

September 14, 2019 10:12 pm
Junior Wallabies winger Mark Nawaqanitawase on attack against the Fijian Drua [Source: Rugby.com.au]}

The Fijian Drua could not hold on to their lead as they were held 24-all by NSW Country Eagles in round three of the National Rugby Championship at the WIN Stadium.

The Fijians led 24-17 until the injury time when Jack Grant scored a injury-time try being successfully converted by Connor O’Shea to force the final score to 24-all.

Eremasi Radrodro led side had a dream start when Peni Matawalu scored in the seventh minute which was converted by Enele Malele as Drua led 7-0.

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Tom Horton scored a try five minutes later to narrow scores to 7-5.

The Fijian Drua struck back with a Epeli Radaniva try six minutes later and Malele added two more points from the conversion for a 14-5 lead.

NSW Country Eagles fought back and scored through Jake Gordon to make it 10-14.

Mark Nawaqanitawase’s try took the Eagles into a 15-14 lead with James Kane’s conversion making it 17-14.

The Drua tried hard and got a try through Aporosa Tabulawaki to get back into the lead with Malele’s conversion taking the scores to 21-17.

Then it was Serupepeli Vularika’s penalty goal which increased the Fijians lead to 24-17.

The Eagles made sure they do not lose at home as Grant managed a injury-time try with Connor O’Shea able to convert to level scores 24-all.

This draw has taken NSW Country Eagles to the top of the points table with ten points while Fijian Drua is seventh with four points after round three.

The Senirusi Seruvakula coached side will face Sydney next Saturday.

In other NRC matches held today:

Canberra Vikings edged Brisbane City 36-35.

Sydney defeated Queensland Country 47-26.

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