Rugby

Sau Returns To Help Nawaka

The 26-year-old played an influential role for his side as they beat Malomalo 14-12, going down narrowly 12-7 to Navutulevu before bouncing back to beat Tagimoucia Babas 17-10.
27 Feb 2021 15:56
Sau Returns To Help Nawaka
Nawaka Black’s Maleli Sau at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on February 26, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Naitasiri rugby second five-eighth Maleli Sau has got big plans for this year’s Skipper Cup season.

Sau played for Nawaka Black during the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament at Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday.

The 26-year-old played an influential role for his side as they beat Malomalo 14-12, going down narrowly 12-7 to Navutulevu before bouncing back to beat Tagimoucia Babas 17-10.

“I’ve always played for Nawaka sevens but last year I played for the Naitasiri team and right now I’m focusing on the Skipper Cup,” he said.

Journey

Sau, at the age of 17, while a Year 12 student at Queen Victoria School secured a rugby scholarship to New Zealand where he played for Mid Canterbury in 2017.

Also joining him in the Nawaka Black was upcoming centre Kaliova Mocetadra.

“I was lucky enough to attend a private school where the young talented Maori rugby players attended,” Sau said.

He returned home in 2018 and played with the Nawaka 7s team.

Break

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown last year, Koli Sewabu contacted Sau and gave him a try out for the Naitasiri team.

“Which I did and three weeks later we played against Tailevu.

“That was my first break in the local provincial competition. I will be back for Naitasiri this season,” he said.

Naitasiri reached the Skipper Cup grand final in 2020.

 



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