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Chiefs in first Cup semis

  Despite bowing out 24-0 in the women’s semifinals against Striders, Central Chiefs coach Unaisi Vatulili was happy with their progress in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ
26 Mar 2017 14:12
Chiefs in first Cup semis
Fiji Bitter Marist 7s

 

Despite bowing out 24-0 in the women’s semifinals against Striders, Central Chiefs coach Unaisi Vatulili was happy with their progress in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday.

The team comprised new players except for Fijiana rep Rusila Siata, Vatulili said this was the first time they have made the Cup semis.

“We are actually very happy we reached the semifinals despite having all new players,”Vatulili said

“We have been playing in the Marist 7s for three years now and this is the first time we have reached the semis.

“The competition has been very tough, all the clubs have prepared themselves really well.

“The presence of the Fijiana reps boosted the competition and each team has to work harder if they want to go ahead.

“I intend to keep these players to develop them and bring them back again for the 2018 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.”

Vatulili said it is not always easy to get girls to take part in rugby.

“We always go to schools and we ask the principals if they can allow some of the girls to participate.

“But now we have the majority of them at the University of the South Pacific or Fiji National University which is good.

“The difficult part is keeping the interest because we hardly have tournaments for women.

“I think if we have regular women’s sevens tournament, it would keep the players busy and give them enough game time to develop.”

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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