Australian National Rugby Championship

Overconfidence costs Fijian Drua

The Drua remain in third place after the 24-17 defeat to Queensland Country in Lautoka at the weekend, their second loss in three games.

Senirusi Seruvakula said the crowd turned up in numbers and they had a lot of opportunities to win but made too many simple mistakes.

"It was a very disappointing result that we [did] not expect it," he said.

"The boys just played overconfident - there were a lot of indisciplined errors and 50/50 passes and that showed in the result.

"At the same time Queensland Country were prepared on the gameday."

Fijian Drua host Perth in top of the table clash

The defending champion Spirit are the competition's top try-scorers, have made the most attacking metres and clean breaks, beaten the most defenders and won the most turnovers.

Both teams are level on ten points with two wins from three games but the only stats the Fijians lead the competition in are yellow cards and penalties conceded.

Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the Drua are looking forward to playing in front of a big home crowd in Suva with a chance to go clear at the top of the table.

Lote Tuqiri praises Fijian Drua

The Drua are second on points differential after winning two of their first three matches and host reigning champions Perth Spirit in Suva tomorrow afternoon.

Fiji-born Tuqiri says World Rugby deserve praise for getting behind the Drua team.

"You've only just seen the tip of the iceberg - they've played three games, they've won two and the ones that they have won have been pretty convincing," he said.

"It's entertaining rugby, it's not your stock-standard like we get in Australia.