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Super Rugby: Force hope to build on Reds win

Having stunned the Queensland Reds in Round 5, Western Force will be eager to build on that impressive victory when they travel to Fijian Drua on Saturday.

Winning 40-31 against the Reds in Perth was a major scalp for a Force side that were winless until the arrival of their rivals from Brisbane.

Saturday provides a much different challenge in the hot and humid conditions of Lautoka, for what is expected to be a high-scoring game against Drua at Churchill Park.

What: Fijian Drua v Western Force
Where: Churchill Park, Lautoka
When: 11:05, Saturday 30th March 2024
How to watch: Stan Sport
Odds: Fijian Drua 1.22, Western Force 4.20

Confidence lifted after Reds scalp

After four defeats in the first four rounds, a combination of delight and relief will have swept among the Force players and staff after their win against the Reds.

Queensland headed to Perth confident of adding to the Force’s woes but a resilient performance from the hosts secured that elusive first win of the season.

This weekend provides the challenge of trying to land a maiden away win of the campaign and it certainly won’t be easy against Drua on Fijian soil.

The Force have won their previous two meetings against Drua but they were made to work for their win on the road last time, with a 20-18 victory against the Fijian outfit last season.

Drua have come on leaps and bounds this season and that’s why head coach Simon Cron’s side are underdogs at 4.20 to head back to Australian soil with the win this weekend.

Churchill Park becoming a fortress

Winning all of their last three Super Rugby Pacific games at Churchill Park, Drua are making their own patch a tough place for opposition sides to go to these days.

Drua have also been impressing against Australian opposition of late, having won against the Reds and the Waratahs in their last two games with Aussie competition.

Head coach Mick Byrne will see his side face Australian teams in their next two games, with the Force arriving this weekend, followed by a trip to Melbourne to face the Rebels in Round 7.

A chance to put together a winning streak looks to be on the cards for a Drua side playing with confidence.

Selestino Ravutaumada has beaten the most defenders (26) in Super Rugby so far this season, while his seven line breaks are ranked joint-third in the competition.

Ravutaumada is 1.90 to score anytime against the Force on Saturday, while he’s 10.00 to bag the opening try of the game at Churchill Park.

Iosefo Masi is another player in fine form after scoring five tries in his last two matches.

Masi is available at 2.50 to score anytime on Saturday for a Drua outfit that are the 1.22 favourites to claim the victory and continue their rise up the Super Rugby Pacific ladder.

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