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Police Too Good For Daveta

As the dust settled and the curtains fall in Lawaqa Park yesterday, Police produced one of the most monumental triumphs in the history of the famous Fiji Coral Coast 7s.
16 Nov 2014 09:48
Police Too Good For Daveta
Police with the I- Wau trophy of the 2014 Fiji Coral Coast 7’s tournament at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

As the dust settled and the curtains fall in Lawaqa Park yesterday, Police produced one of the most monumental triumphs in the history of the famous Fiji Coral Coast 7s.

Having been ruuners up twice in 2012 and 2013- the lawmen produced a perfect show of individual brilliance with great teamwork to win the I-Wau Trophy beating a spirited Daveta side 38-10.

The journey to the final was not easy. They were taken to the wire by a highly favoured Yamacia in the semifinal which went to extra time after they were locked  12-12.

It was Apisalome Waqatabu who sent the defending champion packing when he bulldozed his way through two Yamacia players to seal the winner.

Daveta on the other hand cruised in with a 15-7 win over Wardens Green.

Peceli Nadure and hardworking prop Keponi Paul scored a try each as Police took a comfortable 19-0 lead in the first half.

Daveta started the second half on a high with an unconverted try to Save Rawaca but the writing was on the wall when the restart kickoff never reached the 10 metre.

The penalty was well used by Police as they hit back with a try to Sevenaia Nadruku.

With a 26-5 lead-the pressure was on the Rukurukulevu village based Daveta side to beat the clock.

But that was not to be as they lost two players to the sin-bin as the pressure mounts.

Police again took advantage of the situation with two tries to Ulaiasi Lovo and Glen Cakau to seal the victory. A try by Taraiyasi Fatafei in the extra time was nothing but a consolation for Daveta.

Police head coach Manasa Bari said defence was the key to their victory.

“I told the boys before they came here that if our defence is good we will win the tournament. I salute my boys, even though they were unknown, they showed great strength. We worked on defence and didn’t worry about attack and treated each game as a final.  We are very happy and this victory is dedicated to the Police family in Fiji.”

Daveta coach Jone Lotu said playing catching up rugby in 7s is tough.

“Congratulation to Police-they came out strong in the first half and did really well to unsettle us. It’s really hard to come back but a huge effort by the players.

Lotu said they are already planning for their 2015 campaign and they will be reviewing every tournament  they will compete in to ensure that they continue to meet their goals.

Results: Cup Police 38 Daveta 10; Plate: Mana Graphix Uluinakau 12 Tokatoka Westfield Dragons 10.

Bowl: Tovolea 17 Davui Suva Stallions 14

Shield:  Coastal Bulls 26 Lauli’i Lions 0.

Women:

Cup Aussie Pearls 19 Serevi Selects 7;  Plate PNG 26 Redlands 15; Bowl

NZ Raiders 29 New Caledonia 5; Shield

Sydney Fiji Ranadi 24 Lady Babas 12.

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 



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