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Bolaca: Top Playmaker

Bolaca comes of age to deliver at world stage.
30 Mar 2020 13:15
Bolaca: Top Playmaker
BOLACA DELIVERS... Fiji Airways Fijian 7s playmaker Napolioni Ratu Bolaca dives over to score his second try in the Cup final of the Sydney Sevens at the Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, Australia on February 2, 2020 . Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber rates young playmaker, Napolioni Ratu Bolaca, after his brilliant performances at the third leg of the HSBC Sevens Series in the LA and Vancouver sevens tournaments.

In form playmaker, Napolioni Ratu Bolaca, is Baber’s top pick for the last two tournaments. Bolaca is also the top point’s scorer in the HSBC Sevens Series with 159 points ahead of fellow Fijian Waisea Nacuqu.

The Yasawa native made his debut at the Paris 7s in France last year and was a handful to the opposing teams.

“A young man, at 22-years-old, who is growing into the game so it goes very well for Fiji, a kid of his age despite his lack of experience has been able to put himself in a position where he’s playing in finals and getting the Man of the Match Award,” Baber said.

“It’s the way he presents himself in game situations and he reads the game very well.

“I think he has been exceptional throughout the two tournaments.”

Despite Fiji’s loss to South Africa in the final of the LA sevens Bolaca stood out in attack and defence throughout the match.

He showed exceptional skills in the tournament by scoring tries that helped the side reach the finals after missing out last year.

Bolaca has punched above his weight and has grown in maturity and confidence in filling the playmaker’s role that was once played by the legends of the game such as; Waisale Serevi and team mate, Seremaia (Jerry) Tuwai.

Should the youngster continue his impressive game and consistent performance Fijian fans can be reassured the playmaker role is in safe hands heading into the Olympic Games, and most importantly, into the future of 7s rugby in the country.

Meanwhile, coach Gareth Baber has urged all Fijians to stay safe during the current conavirus pandemic.

Asaeli Tuivuaka

Fiji 7s forward Asaeli Tuivuaka, was also a stand out player, during the LA and Vancouver sevens.

The robust Namosi forward often came off the bench during Fiji’s games and created havoc for the opposition.

According to head coach Gareth Baber, the “Tank” played some good rugby in their last outing.

“He was with the team from last year and he’s a hard worker who keeps his head down at training,” he said.

“Even though there were hard times with him but he’s always ready to learn and progress and he is quick to adapt to the system.”

Baber added having Tuivuaka in the team was great for Fiji.

“Having him in the team was good because he made an impression whenever he comes in and injects power and speed,” he said.

“I enjoyed having him here and watching him perform to his full potential.”

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