Rugby

What Made Police Blue Tick, Official Reveals

“We had our pool of players from the last three legs and also during the other local sevens competition,”
13 Nov 2021 10:00
What Made Police Blue Tick, Official Reveals
Police Blue players and officials after beating Wadigi Salvo at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on November 12, 2021 and confirm their spot in the Cup quarterfinals to win the Super Sevens Series title. Photo: Leon Lord

Police Blue are the Fiji Rugby Union sanctioned- Super Sevens series winners.

This was after they beat Police White 42-35 in their Pool A opener and Wadigi Salvo 36-5 yesterday to book a spot in today’s Cup quarterfinal.

This is enough to win the series since Police Blue have already won three of the four tournaments.

Speaking to SUNsports, Police Blue team manager Seremaia Sotia said they had worked on a set plan right from the start of the series.

“We had our pool of players from the last three legs and also during the other local sevens competition,” Sotia said.

“Our plan is all mapped out because we know that majority of our players are going to be selected into the national sevens team.

“Having depth in the squad really didn’t worry us when it comes to selecting the players for the next competition.

“When we were leading the series  we have had a plan on our replacements and that is why we did not feel any pressure when our senior players left.”

Sotia said some of the players like Kalione Nasoko, Kitione Taliga and Rusiate Nasove have joined the Fijian Drua to prepare for the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

“We have had other players transferred to work in police stations around the country.

“Our mission in this tournament is to reach the final because that is always our goal and the standards we had set right from the first leg.

“Our management has already mapped out a plan for next year.

“The thing we are focused on is to finish on a high note.”

Sotia said players have been playing well during the season and this reflected on their selection to the national sevens squad.

“I want to thank the boys for their efforts and commitment to the Police jersey.

“This win is dedicated to our players who have moved on with their sporting careers.

“They have worked hard for the win and they deserve it. We want to thank our fans and families for their endless support.

“Our aim is to reach the final and win so we can celebrate with our fans in Nasova.”

 

Yesterday’s Results

Men’s: LAR Barbarians 10-19 Raiwasa Taveuni, Uluinakau 14-19 Fire, Tabadamu 10-7 Ratu Filise, Navy 10-15 Wardens, Eastern Saints 12-5 Dominion Brothers, Sttallions 7-31 Wadigi Salvo, Army 40-0 Nawaka, Police Blue 42-35 Police White, Fire 35-7 Navy, LAR Barbarians 26-14 Ratu Filise, Police Blue 36-5 Wadigi Salvo, Army 29-0 Dominion Brothers, Eastern Saints 24-7 Nawaka, Stallions 10-17 Police White, Tabadamu 7-19 Raiwasa Taveuni, Wardens 26-7 Uluinakau, Tabadamu 26-12 LAR Barbarians, Raiwasa Taveuni 28-7 Ratu Filise, Army 29-0 Dominion Brothers.

Women’s: Watui Waidroka 7-17 Fire Warden, Savusavu 7-17 Marist, Valkyries 0-14 Police, Striders 5-21 Lilian Amazons, Seahawks 26-12 Waitui Warriors, Police 15-5 Lautoka, Mt Masada 43-0 Lilian Amazons, Marist 10-26 Yasawa.

 



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