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Moana Pasifika Clinch Victory Against Fijian Drua Despite Late Challenges

AAMI Park, Melbourne - Moana Pasifika clinched their first victory over the Fijian Drua with a close 39-36 win in the Super Rugby Pacific, a game marked by relentless intensity from start to finish.

Moana Pasifika emerged victorious against the Fijian Drua, a win that will undoubtedly boost the team's morale. Despite being reduced to 13 men in the match's closing stages, Moana Pasifika managed to hold off a late surge from the Drua, who capitalised on penalties within Moana's half and sliced through their defence with precision.

Following Nigel Ah Wong's yellow card, which was subsequently escalated to a red card upon review, Moana Pasifika encountered difficulties despite holding a significant lead.

The Fijian Drua took advantage of the increased space, utilising players such as Epeli Momo, Celestino Ravutaumada, and Iliesa Ratuva to exploit gaps on the flanks and break through the center against Moana's tired defence.

Despite their efforts, more was needed to clinch the win. In the final moments, the Drua declined a penalty kick that could have tied the game, opting instead for a play that ultimately resulted in a crucial turnover in midfield, dashing their hopes of victory.


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