Uluilakepa says Fijian Drua ready to take on Crusaders

Members of the Fijian Drua during their team training at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on Monday, April 25, 2022. From left, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Tevita Ikanivere, Peni Matawalu, Frank Lomani and Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will battle one of the most successful teams in Super Rugby this evening going up against the mighty and champion Crusaders.

The Crusaders have won the coveted Super Rugby title 12 times.

Speaking to The Fiji Times from Christchurch, Drua prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, 23, said even though the team lacked Super Rugby experience, the players were ready for the challenge.

“Like coach Mick Byrne mentioned during the week, no one in the team have played Super Rugby before except for three players, so we are certainly going into this match as underdogs,” Uluilakepa said.

“They will not expect what we will show them like the famous saying of Heru Barefoot ‘They do not know what is coming, I tell you?”

Drua fly half Teti Tela will face-off against some of his mates in the Crusaders team and said he had to be on top of his game.

“I will have to be on my game and I am very excited for the challenge,” he said.

“I am sure there will also be a few cheeky behaviours if we find each other in the ruck,” he said.

Drua lock Christopher Minimbi said they would have to be clinical with their play today. “Our training this week has tried to mirror their game plan as best as possible.

“We are keen to test ourselves against the best and give a performance we can be proud of.”

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