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Army wins $25,000

March 05
12:00 2011

Written By : ANASILINI RATUVA. Army Green claimed the champion’s crown at the 35th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s with a 28-14 win over Ratu Filise in the grand final at the TFL National Stadium in Suva yesterday.
It wrapped up their campaign for lost glory, after they had lost at the same venue in the 2010 final.
They scored five tries to two in their victory, watched by their Commander and Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. On their way to the Cup final the side avenged their 2010 loss to defending champions Wardens 19-0 before stopping Police 19-14 in the semifinals.
The Dale Tonawai-led side had a slow start to their game, 7-all at halftime after Ratu Filise took an early lead two minutes into the first half.
Army Green coach Jope Tuikabe was impressed with his team’s performance.
“The boys really gave their best and worked on our plans accordingly. I’m happy with their performance,” Tuikabe said.
“We finally won this time. The boys have made me proud. Ratu Filise played a hard game but we were playing to win this tournament. When we defeated Wardens we were confident that nothing would stop us in the final.”
Army Green’s Jone Natua took out the tournament’s best player award.
Meanwhile, Fiji’s Marist Seahawks defeated Auckland Marist Women 15-5 in the women’s final.
FSC Eagles from Ba defeated Navuso 26-5 to win the Under-19 title. They had also won the Nawaka 7s for the same grade last week.
Samoa Babaas walked away with the Fiji Bitter Bowl after defeating Vatukoula 17-7 in the final. Samoa Babaas had been in the country for two weeks to prepare for the third leg of the 2010/11 IRB World Sevens Series to Hong Kong and Adelaide.
“Teams are competitive in every Fijian tournament,” Samoa Babaas coach, Stephen Betham said.
Covenant Brothers won the shield after they upset New Zealand Marist 17-7 while Army Red won the Fiji Bitter Bowl by defeating Uprising 7-5
Iliesa Tanivula’s Fiji Barbarians were bundled out from Cup competition after losing to Ratu Filise in the quarterfinals by 7-21 and lost to the Samurai Barracudas 12-19 in the Plate final.
Final results: Women: Marist Sea Hawks 5-15 Auckland Marist Women
U19: FSC Eagles 26 -5 Navuso
Fiji Gold Bowl: Vatukoula 7-17 Samoa Babaas
Fiji Gold Shield: Covenant Brothers 17-7 New Zealand Marist
Fiji Bitter Bowl: Army Red 7-5 Uprising
Plate: Fiji Barbarians 12-19 Samurai Barracudas

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