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World Rates Our Unsung Hero

Jasa Veremalua continues to ene of the leading players in the World Sevens Series. He has been achieving some huge stats on the circuit and keeps on building the lead
17 May 2016 12:04
World Rates Our Unsung Hero
Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Jasa Veremalua attacks against Samoa in the Paris 7s Cup final yesterday. Photo: Ian Muir

Jasa Veremalua continues to ene of the leading players in the World Sevens Series.

He has been achieving some huge stats on the circuit and keeps on building the lead on the High Performance Tracker at the Paris 7s over the weekend.

Veremalua’s attacking potential was seen in full flow raking up 21 tackles, 6 breaks, 10 offloads,  and 28 carries at the Stade Jean Bouin.

This makes him the overall leader with one tournament to go in London this weekend with 108 tackles, 35 breaks, 62 offloads, 117 carries for a total of 322, seven better than runner-up Seabelo Senatla of South Africa.

The stats clearly reflect the level of commitment, skills and work rate done by Veremalua off the field during training.

Our unsung hero has been the mainstay of coach Ben Ryan team and always makes the starting lineup.

Due to his athleticism and fitness, Ryan used his potential to attack the kickoffs which has worked to Fiji’s favour in past tournaments.

Veramalua up the pace and always keeps Fijian in fighting chance when the chips are down.

This was evident in the Cup quarterfinal and final against Australia and Samoa respectively.

His piercing runs, probing for gaps always keeps the opposition guessing. He is becoming a complete 7s player with speed to burn, stern in defence, swift in attack and good ball carrier.

Veramalua has developed into a mature player since he made his debut in 2013.

And he is committed to prioritise representing Fiji at the Olympic Games in August more than anything else.

In an earlier interview, his fiancée Vani Volavola said they plan to marry after the global showpiece in Rio.

“We plan to get married after Rio because Jasa’s focus is Rio and that’s our plan,” she said.

“I know his goal is Rio and I want to support him in that and if that means holding off our wedding, so be it.

“I know there will be a lot of competition for spots in the team and I know how much it means to him to get into the final squad.

“With all the support from me, his family and my family, I believe anything can happen, so fingers crossed.”

Veremalua and Josua Tuisova were named in the Paris 7 Dream Team together with Virimi Vakatawa (France) , Terry Bouhraoua (France), Alex Muller (Argentina), Seabelo Senatla (South Africa) and Faaleminga Selesele.

Fans should expect more from the Korotogo, Nadroga native at Twickenham this weekend.

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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