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Bua Farmers Play 7s Rugby

The Natakala Babaas rugby team had to hold fundraising drives to raise funds which allowed them to play at the Ucunipotu Sevens tournament cur­rently underway at Subrail Park, Labasa. The
24 Nov 2018 10:32
Bua Farmers Play 7s Rugby
Natakala Babaas rugby 7s team from Bua during the Ucunipotu 7s tournament at Subrail Park, Labasa on November 23, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevu

The Natakala Babaas rugby team had to hold fundraising drives to raise funds which allowed them to play at the Ucunipotu Sevens tournament cur­rently underway at Subrail Park, Labasa.

The team consist of farmers in Bua who had never participated in any local sevens tournament.

Natakala Babaas official Waisea Valeana said the players have indicated that it has been an eye- opening experience.

“They have never participated in a local rugby tournament; this is their first and will not be their last,” the 51-year-old said.

“We had to hold fundraising activities like gunusede, soli and had to work on farms, so we could pay for our registration fee, trans­portation and accommodation.

“This is something new for the boys and our sweat has been worth the struggle.”

Valeana said they would remain under­dogs, and would not underestimate their opponents in the two-day tournament.

“We have an aim and that is to return to Bua with the trophy and we will make sure that we will achieve our goal,” he added.

RESULTS

Westerland Natadra 15-12 Somosomo Sharks, Cagilaba 24-12 Kilaka Young Broth­ers, Nasagale 24-0 Eagles, St Theresa 7-0 Kabu-kei-nei-loa. Faith Generation Broth­ers 27-0 Natakala, Nabua/Koroalau 24-5 Na­saqa, Surprise Nadi 24-10, Domoniwai 12-12.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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