Evans banks on fans

Peni Matawalu pictured with fans after the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and Hurricanes Super Rugby match at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on Saturday, May 06, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua chief executive officer Mark Evans says Fijian Drua fans will play a very crucial role in determining their performance, when they take on the Reds in their last home game in Fiji of the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific season.

The Drua currently has four wins in their five home games here in Fiji, and will be looking for a chance in the quarter-finals, should they defeat the Reds this afternoon.

“Home ground advantage plays a crucial role in every team’s performance.

“We often see that most teams have more wins at their home games than their away games, this is mainly because of their fans,” he said.

Evans said the Fijian Drua should consider themselves lucky to have a very lively and vocal home crowd and fans.

“We have a very loud, vocal, and lively home crowd that makes a lot of noise whenever the Fijian Drua runs onto the field.

He also mentioned that there were other factors the teams had over their opponents when playing on their home ground.

“This is where the weather, atmosphere, and crowd come in.

“So, when a team plays at their home crowd, it is usually expected of them to win because they have all the advantages.”

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