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Westfield Banks On Experience

  Two-time defending champions of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s, Westfield Dragons 7s will be banking on their experienced players to give them the needed boost. The side is coached
15 Apr 2016 11:13
Westfield Banks On Experience
Tokatoka Westfield Dragons rugby club 7's team during training at the Api Toga Oval in Saunaka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Two-time defending champions of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s, Westfield Dragons 7s will be banking on their experienced players to give them the needed boost.

The side is coached by fitness guru Epeli Lagiloa, captained by Iliesa Bari and is supported by Bill Morawa, Vili Nadolo and Aseri Vatuinaruku, who have just returned from playing for the Asian Pacific Dragons at the Hong Kong 10s a fortnight ago.

Assistant coach Timoci Tavai said the team was injury-free and there were some new blood in the side.

“There are a few new boys in the side and some experienced players as well,” he said.

“We have seen our pool and while we should cruise through and make the quarters we will not be taking any team lightly; we’ll do most of the talking on the field and also show respect for the other teams as well.”

He said in 7s you could not underestimate any team.

Aseri Vatuinaruku, who plays first five-eighth for the Nadi Rugby XV thanked the clubs for the support he received.

This is his second year with the club and he hopes to break into the national team one day.

“The 10s tournament was an eye-opener for me as playing overseas has always been all rugby players’ dreams,” he said.

“I guess the more the competition the more sharp your skills become. The Nawaka 7s is going to be tough but what our coach has taught us should be the x-factor.” The side is the top seed in Pool 7 alongside Red Diamond, Pacific Organic Navakacoa, Blue Sand RC from Vanua Levu and Trailblazers RC.

Westfield takes on Trailblazers in their opening encounter at 10am on Ground One.

The side won back to back tournaments in 2012 – 2013.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 



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