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Lucky Escape For Defending Champs

Lady luck was with defending Nawaka 7s champions Cross Over Victory as they remain on track with their title defence. Led by Lemeki Tulele and Peni Kurusiga they topped their
24 Feb 2018 11:00
Lucky Escape For Defending Champs
Isake Katonibau on the attack for Army Green as they take on Yamacia in the eliminations round of the Nawaka 7s tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on February 23, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Lady luck was with defending Nawaka 7s champions Cross Over Victory as they remain on track with their title defence. Led by Lemeki Tulele and Peni Kurusiga they topped their pool with convincing wins over Werelevu 33-0, Zion Brother 19-0 and later beat Nausori by default.

In the first eliminations last night, First Light Taveuni was held to a 5-5 draw by Tabadamu but was declared the winner since they scored first. This was according to the tournament rules.

Also impressive was Army Green led by Isake Katonibau, Sevuloni Lutu, Apisai Domolailai, and Emosi Mulevoro.

Another team to look out for was the Neisiasi Moala captained- Draulu side from Lomolomo, Lautoka who upset Police 10-7 after leading 10-0 at the breather.

Two crucial tries from Maikeli Nakia and Sekove Vuniayayawa sealed the win.

“We were prepared for the tournament and our aim was to play together and do the first things right,” said Moala.

“It was a crucial match knowing Police with some great players have been playing together. We started well from the first whistle. The competition is not over but we have to focus for tomorrow’s eliminations.”

McDonald’s Saunaka had the likes of Olympian Masivesi Dakuwaqa while Ifereimi Tovilevu played well for Ratu Filise. Dratabu with the likes of Olympians Samisoni Virivirivi and Kitione Taliga have qualified to today’s second round of elimination.

Results

Elimination One: Silver Water 7 Cross of Victory Taveuni 17, Yamacia Red 0 Army Green 7, Saunaka Red 17 Nawaka Black 12, Ratu Filise 19 Cuvu Blues 0, Draulu 5 Navakacoa 0, Marist 0 Warden 14, Henibua 5 (won) Waya 5, First Light Taveuni 5 (won) Tabadamu 5, Gaunavou 12 Zion 7, Seniboro 21 New Dawn Red 0 Ravuka Sharks 24 Saunaka Gold 5, Suva Stallions 14 Police 17, Congo Waimanu 15 Double Tree 5, Viwa 7 Yamacia Two 5, Tabadamu Red 14 Nabekwahiga 12, Dratabu 12 Eagle Warriors 5.

Pool: Cross Of Victory Taveuni 26 Airport 0, Eagle Warriors 19 Rukunirara 7, PIA Yasawa 7 Western Suburb 0, Saunaka Red 7 China 5, Bamboo Yamacia Black 17 Central Coast Cagimaira 7, Bamboo Yamacia Red 5 Tabadamu Red 21, Nawaka Black 26 Matamanoa 12, Kokomo 0 Viwa Rugby 7, Army Green 26 Bukuya Babas 5, Nabekwahiga 14 Bulasia Bros 12, Congo Waimanu 12 Rt Filise Dev 0, Tau 5 Cuvu Blues 12, Rt Filise 1 10 Mala Young Boys 12, Namotu 10 Double Tree 12, Mosi 0 Suva Stallion 33, China 1 12 Navakacoa 17, Ravuka Sharks 19 Solovi 0, Warden 12 White House 10, Police 12 AN Seniboro 0, Caucaunitoba 7 Draulu 7, Dratabu 5 Waya 0, Army Red 0 Seniboro 21, Saunaka Gold 7 Marist 12, Silverwater 7 Army Nadro 5, Gaunavou 17 Markis Jets 7, Tabadamu Blue 26 Togobula 0, Henibua 7 Newdawn Reds 7; Tuvalu 12 Nawaka White 10, Werelevu 5 Zion 17, Firstlight Taveuni (wbd) Nausori, Cross Of Victory 22 Rukunirara 0, Eagle Warriors 21Airport 7, Western Suburb 0 Tabadamu Red 19, PIA Yasawa 0 Bamboo Yamacia Red 24, China 2 15 BambooYamacia Black 21, Saunaka Red 24 Coastal Rental Cagimaira 0, Kokomo 5 Matamanoa 12, Nawaka Black 5 Viwa 7, Bukuya Babas 5 Bulasia Bro 12, Army Green 19 Nabekwahiga 14, Congo Waimanu 7 Cuvu Blues 5, Rt Filise Dev 7 Tau 1, Rt Filise 22 Namotu 5, Mala Young Boys 0 Double Tree 12, Mosi 7 Navakacoa 19, China 1 12 Suva Stallion 7, Warden 10 Solovi 5, Ravuka Sharks 17 Veiyasana 7, Police 12 Caucaunitoba 7, An Seniboro 14 Draulu 14, Seniboro 7 Waya 10, Dratabu 12 Army Red 0, Marist 7 Army Nadro 0, Gaunavou 24 Togobula 5, Saunaka Gold 7 Silverwater 0, Tabadamu Blue 24 Markis Jets 0, Henibua 14 Nawaka White 0, Tuvalu 0 New Dawn Red 24, Zion (wbd) Nausori, Rukanirara 7 Airport 12, First Light Taveuni 33 Werelevu 0, Cross Of Victory Taveuni 28 Eagle Warriors 5, Bamboo Yamacia Reds 12 Western Suburb 7, PIA Yasawa 0 Tabadamu Red 26, Saunaka Red 19 Yamacia Black 0, Nawaka Black 19 Kokomo 7, Coastal Rentals Cagimaira 5 China II 17, Matamanoa 10 Viwa 12, Bukuya Babas 7 Nabekwayiga 14, Army Green 10 Bulasia Bros 7, Congo Waimanu 5 Tau 0, Cuvu Blues 24 Rt Filise Dev 0, Mala Young Boys 29 Namotu 0, Rt Filise 1 19-Double Tree 0, China 17 Mosi Steelers 7, Suva Stallion 24 Navakacoa 0, Draulu 10 Police 7, Solovi 12 Veiyasana 21, Wardens 5 Ravuka Sharks 10, Am Seniboro 5 Caucaunitoba 5, Army Red 0 Waya 21, Silverwater 7 Marist 5, Dratabu 7 Seniboro 12, Saunaka Gold 5 Army Nadro 0, Tabadamu Blue 10 Gaunavou 14, Togobula 0 Markis Jets 7, Tuvalu 0 Henibua 19, Nawaka White 5 Newdawn Reds 10, Werelevu (wbd) Nausori, Zion 0 First Light Taveuni 19.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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