Fiji Drua’s Breakout Star Selestino Ravutaumada Shines in Playoff Defeat

The Fiji Drua’s maiden Super Rugby Pacific playoff appearance ended in a 36-5 defeat, but winger Selestino Ravutaumada’s blistering try and impressive stats highlighted his status as one of the competition’s top players this season.

Fiji Drua’s Debut Playoff Ends in Defeat, But Selestino Ravutaumada Shines Bright

Auckland, New Zealand (BBC Sport Rugby Union) – The Fijian Drua’s maiden Super Rugby Pacific playoff appearance ended in a 36-5 defeat at the hands of the formidable Blues at Eden Park. However, winger Selestino Ravutaumada’s standout performance showcased why he has been among the competition’s best players this season.

The dynamic 24-year-old scored his seventh try of the campaign with a blistering run that sliced through the Blues’ defense from over halfway. A former New Zealand Warriors player who now represents Fiji with seven caps, Ravutaumada has been a force to be reckoned with, ranking among the top five in line breaks this season.

“Ravutaumada’s try sparked a Drua resurgence in the second half, keeping the home side scoreless until the 63rd minute.”

Recognized as the Drua’s player of the match, Ravutaumada amassed an impressive 75 run meters on 8 carries, beating four defenders, with the majority of his output coming on his remarkable try. Despite the Blues’ commanding 22-0 lead at halftime, Ravutaumada’s try was a “wake-up call” for his team, highlighting the Drua’s ability to change the game and the need for the Blues to adapt and react on the field.

The former Rotorua Boys High pupil’s standout performance will undoubtedly boost his aspirations of adding to his Fiji caps following his stellar Super Rugby Pacific season.

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