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Tuva Youths, Wesley Fijians On Track

Defending champions of the Shangri-La’s Youth Divi­sion at the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament, Tuva Youths are on track to retain the title. The side recorded three wins in
17 Jan 2019 10:45
Tuva Youths, Wesley Fijians On Track
Wesley Fijian Rugby 7's team at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Defending champions of the Shangri-La’s Youth Divi­sion at the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament, Tuva Youths are on track to retain the title.

The side recorded three wins in their pool games and conceded one try at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yes­terday.

Tuva Youths hammered Sauniva­lu Youths 31-0, Nailaga 17-5 before beating Sigatoka Young Boys 19-0 in their final pool match.

The side are led by New Zealand based- Aisea Tuifelehaki (Auck­land Blues Under-18 rep), Jose­vata Nalaqwa (Fijian U18), Ilaisa Droahehe (Australian U18), Inoke Nalaga (Fijian U18) and Ilikima Naruma (Ratu Kadavulevu School U18).

“Coming into this tournament the boys knew what was expected from them,” team manager Viliame Na­kuita said.

“We’re confident of retaining the title and on the same note we still respect the other teams. We want to win the title back to back.

“The boys can deliver the goods after watching their pools games. We were not after the scores but how to play as a team.”

Nakuita thanked the organisers for hosting the tournament and the sponsors for making it happen.

Another overseas based- team consisting of Fijians studying in New Zealand, KISSP Investment Wesley Fijians also won their three pool matches. They defeated Rugby Academy Fiji 24-14, NFA Youths 17-14 and Ravuka Sharks 10-7.

Team captain Semesa Saukuru said they are mostly students stud­ying at Wesley College.

“We expect this tournament to be tough especially playing along­side fellow Fijians which is a good vibe,” he added.

The other impressive team that opted to keep a low profile are the Ratu Filise Youths from the village of Namatakula.

The competition continues today.

RESULTS:

Tuva Youths 31- 0 Saunivalu Youth, Sigatoka Young Boys 10 -5 Nailaga, King 7’s Select 12-7 Do­minion Brothers, Vueti Cakau 26-10 Dratabu Youths, NFA Youths 17 -17 Ravuka Sharks, KISSP Invest­ment Wesley Fijians 24-14 Rugby Academy, Ratu Filise Youths 26-19 Gaunavou, Rush Academy 7-17 Lakeba Youths, Nailaga 17 -0 Sauni­valu Youths, Tuva Youths 19-0 Siga­toka Young Boys, Rugby Academy Fiji 5-26 Ravuka Sharks, KISSP Investment Wesley Fijians 17-14 NFA Youtsh, Dratabu Youths 0-29 Dominion Brothers, King 7s Select 24-7 Vueti Cakau, Lakeba Youths 12-12 Gaunavou, Rush Academy 5-19 Ratu Filise Youths, Wesley Fijians 10–7 Ravuka Sharks, NFA Youths 24–17 Rugby Academy Fiji, Rush Academy 10-12 Gaunavou, Ratu Filise Youths 22–7 Lakeba Youths, Sigatoka Young Boys 12-7 Balenaivalu Youths, Tuva Youths 17- 5 Nailaga, Vueti Cakau 19- 17 Dominion Brothers, King 7s Select 22-7 Dratabu Youths.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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