Fijian Drua face Crusaders

Fijian Drua’s Teti Tela breaks through the Crusaders defence during their Super Rugby clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will have a mammoth task this Saturday in the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific quarter-finals as they take on reigning champions Crusaders at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch at 7.05pm.

With results from their last encounter in Christchurch in 2022 favouring the hosts in a walloping 61-3 victory, Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson will be out for revenge this week.

The Crusaders lost to the Drua back in round three this season 24-25 at Churchill Park in Lautoka and Drua head coach Mick Byrne expects a tough match on the road.

The Drua hammered the Queensland Reds 41-17 in Suva on Saturday to romp into the Super Rugby Pacific playoffs in their second season in the competition.

Meanwhile, in other quarter-final fixtures this weekend, the Blues host the Waratahs at Eden Park in Auckland at 7.35pm on Friday; the Chiefs take on the Reds at FMG Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday at 4.35pm while the Brumbies play the Hurricanes at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 9.35 later in the evening.

The semi-finals will take place on June 16, 17 with the final on June 24.

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