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It’s Teamwork, Says Tuwai

It’s Teamwork, Says Tuwai
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility back Eroni Sau bursts through the Blitzboks in the Hong Kong Sevens Cup semifinal on April 8, 2018. Sau topped the Performance Tracker in Hong Kong and was later named in the Dream Team. Photo: Kitione Rokomanu/ Zoom Fiji.
April 09
11:28 2018

Teamwork is the reason we won the Hong Kong 7s, says Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team Captain Seremaia Tuwai.

After beating Kenya 24-12 in the Cup final last night, Tuwai said playing in the Hong Kong Sevens was always special for any Fijian team.

“It was a team effort,” he said.

“We respect and honour the Hong Kong Sevens and that is the reason we brought our number one team to come and play here.”

A tactical change made by coach Gareth Baber in starting Amenoni Nasilasila instead of Vatemo Ravouvou had the Kenyans guessing.

Nasilasila combined well with Tuwai and they set up Josua Kurinabili to score the first try with the conversion hitting the uprights.

Kenyan captain Collins Injera copped a yellow card for a professional and was followed to the sin bin by Willie Ambaka who tackled Samisoni Viriviri without the ball.

The Fijians struck with Eroni Sau and Nasilasila scoring tries for a 17-0 lead at halftime.

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Kenya came back to narrow the deficit to 17-5, but the Fijians ran away when Nasilasila zig-zagged his way to the tryline before passing to Ravouvou to score

Meanwhile, Baber said he copped a bit of criticism when he stuck with Nasilasila.

“He’s selfless and is great to be part of the team,” he said.
The Namatakula native from Nadroga was named the HSBC Player of the Final.

Baber said as of now he was still working with the team in the build-up for this weekend’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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