With nothing to lose, Swire Shipping Fijian Drua captain Ratu Meli Derenalagi is aware of the do-or-die nature of the clash against the Crusaders tomorrow, but so too his faith in the team declaring, “We will take everything”, as the team departed the country this morning for New Zealand.
The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua squad left Nadi this morning for New Zealand, with Derenalagi sharing his belief in his team’s abilities and a hunger to create history when they take on the Crusaders in the highly anticipated quarterfinal clash.
Derenalagi described the team’s mood as “like before”, treating every game as if it were final “same mindset, same feeling”.
He also shared a message delivered by their coach Mick Byrne, “We will show them respect on the field, but we will still play our kind of game, but up the level – and to have a winning mentality as well going through the quarters.”
Derenalagi also acknowledged the support of their fans, thanking them for their unwavering support throughout the season, optimistic of having the same support at Orangetheory Stadium when they square off against the Crusaders.
“We thank the fans for always backing the team. It’s their team,” Derenalagi said.