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Tuva Defend Youth Title

The Douglas Daveta- skippered Tuva side retained the Uprising Youth Sevens title with a 10-5 victory over the Wesley Fijians from New Zealand yesterday. The teams were locked 5-5 at
19 Jan 2018 11:00
Tuva Defend Youth Title
Tuva rugby players, officials and fans celebrate after retaining their title at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka on January 18, 2018. PHOTO: Waisea Nasokia

The Douglas Daveta- skippered Tuva side retained the Uprising Youth Sevens title with a 10-5 victory over the Wesley Fijians from New Zealand yesterday.

The teams were locked 5-5 at full-time.

Iowane Droasese, 18, scored the winning try in extra time.

Daveta, who has been part of the team since the inaugural tournament in 2015, said it was unity that triggered their fightback.

“At half time I told the boys to give their best shot and play smart as our opponents were pretty tough,” he said.

“We have the talents and unity among the players in the tikina of Tuva and played our cards that way.”

The tikina of Tuva is made up of boys from the village of Semo, Nadroumai, Togovere and Nabau.

“We are just group of schoolboys from the tikina,” Daveta said.

Other players in the team include Napolioni Kurusiga, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Nemia Nawave and Rupenu Navucu.

The team won $10,000 for their effort in the finale.

RESULTS

Semifinals: Tuva beat Hong Kong 12-7 while Wesley Fijians beat Kings 7s Select.

Cup quarterfinals: Tuva Youth 22- 14 Malolo, Hong Kong Youths 24 – 19 First Light Taveuni, KISSP Investment Wesley Fijians 22-14 Ra Barbarians, Sevens Select 15–10 Fiji Academy.

Plate final: Fiji Rugby Academy 17- 7 First Light Taveuni

Cup final: Tuva 10-5 Wesley Fijian, .

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: waisea.nasokia@fijisun.com.fj



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