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It’s Tabadamu Again

It’s Tabadamu Again
Fiji Marist Rugby 7's Cup Winner Tabadamu Red.
April 24
16:22 2016

What happened: CK Tabadamu Reds retained the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s title after beating NEWNET Yasawa 24-12 in the Cup final last night. Tabadamu had the services of seasoned campaigners like Emosi Vucago, Jone Vota, Alipate Ratini, Leo Naikasau and David Batiratu who played catch-up rugby right from the first half.

The Yasawa team who were handpicked by Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan established the first points on the scoreboard with quick tries to Ovini Tuidraki and Nacanieli Batina while Vereti Tupou was successful with one conversion. Great team effort displayed by the islanders who were aggressive when on attack and penetrated through the Tabadamu defence.

It was not too late for the Namosi-based side as they regrouped in the last five minutes of the first half and replied with two quick tries to Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Alipate Ratini while Daniele Cakaunivalu was successful with a conversion to leave the scores  12-all at the breather.

Tabadamu coach Pio Kaberi urged his players to move the ball around and reminded them about the promise they made to the institutions they had visited this week.

This was the much-needed catalyst as Tabadamu dominated the second spell and were ruthless in defence.

They finished if off in style with tries to Sitiveni Waqa and Cakaunivalu who also kicked in a conversion.

Big Play: Tabadamu Reds proved themselves in defence and fought back despite the fact they were trailing on the scoreboard.

Star Turn: Despite losing the game Yasawa played their hearts out.

Comments: Tabadamu coach Kaberi said the win was for the people they had visited this week.

“Before the tournament we visited the blind school, hart homes and hospital and we promised that we were going to win for them.

“That was our promise and that’s what I reminded the boys. We thank Yasawa for a good game and even though we were down we have experienced players who led our fight back.”

Yasawa first half eight Ponipate Datanatabua said it was through divine intervention that brought them this far.

“Our secret for coming this far is God. He was the One that brought us together,” he said.

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