Rugby

UP 7s Game Call

The LAR Barbarians Brothers want to set a platform in the Super 7s Series- Seremaia Tuwais
26 Jan 2021 14:15
UP 7s Game Call
Super 7s Series, Shield Champions, Dominion Brothers celebrate their win at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on January 23, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Seremaia ‘Jerry’ Tuwai has laid down the challenge for the second leg of the Super 7s Series in Nadi next month.

The World Rugby Player of the Decade said his LAR Barbarians Brothers need to up the ante after they fell short in the first leg over the weekend.

They lost to Police Blue 5-14 in the Cup semifinals and later beat Ratu Filise 7-0 for the third place playoff.

“It was not what we expected, our plan was to win the tournament,”Tuwai said.

“We want to set the platform in the Super 7s Series and we had our chances after Police got two yellow cards. They were a good side with some experienced players like Samisoni Viriviri, Teri Tamani and Waisea Nacuqu.

“But it’s just the start, we will try again in the next series in Nadi. We need to lift our game.”

The Olympian said players need to avoid being carded and play by the rules.

“It cost us problems and the game and referees are pushing to raise the standard in the series which is good.”

The Barbarian Brothers new inclusions include former Ratu Kadavulevu School halfback, Sireli Maqala and Raiwasa’s Manueli Maisamoa.

“Maqala and Manueli are really good players,”Tuwai said.

Maisamoa, 25, from Nadavaci, Natewa, Cakaudrove said: “I just wanted to broaden my knowledge and rugby skills.”

“I have learnt a lot playing along well known players like Jerry and Pio Tuwai. I hope when I go back to Vanua Levu I will be able to share my knowledge

“This series is a good platform to showcase local talents.”

Maisamoa also plays for Nabua in the Suva Rugby Union club comp with teammates Jiuta Wainiqolo and Taniela Sadrugu.

 

Brothers, Saints Impress Baber

Fijian 7s coach, Gareth Baber was impressed with young teams like Dominion Brothers and Eastern Saints.

Dominion Brothers comprised players who just finished high school mostly from Ratu Kadavulevu, Queen Victoria and Lelean Memorial.

They won the Shield Trophy beating BLK Stallions, 15-5.

Baber said the players are the future of 7s rugby.

“I’m pleased with sides like Eastern Saints, Dominion Brothers. They are young groups and are going well,”Baber said.

Team manager Savenaca Korodrau said the series was a big opportunity to compete with senior teams.

They won the Under-20 comp during the Coral Coast Sevens,  Fiji Bitter Marist and  Wairiki 7s last year.

“We came to the series as underdogs, as most of our boys are still in their 20s.

“We are grateful to win the Shield Trophy,” Korodrau said.

Dominion Brothers missed the services of key players like Maqala, who now plays for Seremaia Tuwai’s side – LAR Barbarians Brothers while Filipo Bukayaro, Lemeki Bolayaca and Bruce Delai teamed up with Army.

However, captain, Josese  Batirerega, 21, said they were there to learn.

The Vatulele, Cikobia, Macuata, native, has been playing for Dominion for the past two years.

“There are many things that we have learnt. We are happy to be considered in this series.”

Another player, Ratu Josaia Tagivetaua, shared the same sentiments.

Tagivetaua was part of the Naitasiri team in last year’s Skipper Cup Premiership.

“We are very fortunate to be one of the top 16 teams in Fiji. Good opportunity for me and the boys to experience playing with the senior players, and most of all with the national training squad.

The former Queen Victoria School halfback is looking forward to another great year of rugby with the Highlanders

Feedback:  sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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