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Mixed feelings for Reece as he scores his 50th Super Rugby try

Mixed feelings for Reece as he scores his 50th Super Rugby try

All BlacksMarch 11, 2024

All Blacks and Crusaders wing Sevu Reece had mixed feelings after scoring his 50th Super Rugby Pacific try in the Crusaders' 10-20 loss to the Fijian Drua in Suva at the weekend.

Reece told media after the game, "Scoring against a Fijian team is always special because my family is here, and when I'm here, I want to make my family happy and make them smile.

"Every time I score a try it's a blessing, so it's nice playing against Fiji. They say it's Fijian against Fijian. It's always good to come back to Fiji to play."

He said the Crusaders were not good enough on the day to claim the win.

"The Fijian Drua showed how good they are, especially in Fiji. They are a different team in Fiji and the weather suits how they play. We were not good enough and it showed on the scoreboard."

Drua coach Mick Byrne told the Fiji Times the key to the win had been maintaining possession.

"I talked about it all week, hanging onto the ball and playing our game. And we did that well.

Déjà Drua 🇫🇯🔁

The Fijian side have stunned Crusaders in Round 3 two years on the spin 💥#SuperRugbyPacific pic.twitter.com/fd8BewhIUr

— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) March 10, 2024

"It was crazy that both sides were struggling to hang on the ball, or in the contact area, but we did well."

Defence was also crucial to the outcome.

"The physicality of the players has always been to keep getting up, keep going again."

The side came in at halftime, struggling to close the Crusaders down.

In the second half, they consistently managed to compete defensively and there was a 'huge improvement.'

Crusaders coach Rob Penney said his side did not capitalise on crucial opportunities, which cost them the game.

"Sometimes, it comes down to little moments which we were not able to capitalise on."

Where things stand after round 3️⃣

Where is your team placed after the weekend’s action?#SuperRugbyPacific pic.twitter.com/78ooyleIiQ

— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) March 10, 2024

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