Drua on title pace but Qld Country a NRC thorn

THE Fijian Drua have taken the high ground as the NRC heads for Round Five but if you’re looking for a smokey in 2017 go no further than perennial under achievers Queensland Country. The Drua’s 41-5 win over last season’s champions the Perth Spirit in Fiji says a lot about the way the new kids on the block are going but for those who were at Pittwater Rugby Park on Sunday then Brad Thorn’s team showed lots of promise. Country put eight ties on the Sydney Rays and were dominant for all but the first 20 minutes of this encounter. Their back row of Caleb Timu, Liam Wright and Tai Ford revelled in the fast deck at Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches and the robust centre pairing of Duncan Paia’aua and Chris Feauai-Sautia just kept getting over the advantage line. They were helped by some connectivity issues in the way that the Rays defended at times but Country have numerous match winners in their squad. The Rays though were certainly no pushover and will con
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