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Fiji Barbarians Win Marist Final, Take Home $10K

The Fiji Barbarians are the new winners of the 46th Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens.
27 Mar 2022 14:04
Fiji Barbarians Win Marist Final, Take Home $10K
Fiji Barbarians Win 46th Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens. Photo : Leon Lord.

The Fiji Barbarians are the new winners of the 46th Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens.

They defeated champion side, Police Blue, 33-7, at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, March 26.

The Barbarians was one of two teams of the national sevens extended squad fielded by the head coach Ben Gollings.

Gollings will select his squad for the Singapore 7s for April 9-10 following the two teams’ performance.

What happened:

Fiji Barbarians started off strong with Elia Canakaivata opening the scores in the second minute.

Conversion was unuccessful by Iowane Raturaciri. Barbarians led 5-0.

Winger Filipe Bukayaro scored their second try which was successfully converted by Raturaciri.

Raturaciri further extended their lead with his converted try, 19 -0 before Police forward and captain, Keponi Paul scored their try just before half time.

Half Time: Barbarians 19-7 Police Blue

Barbarians scored a double to Viwa Naduvalo followed by Iowane Teba’s converted try. Police could not counter attack to narrow the scores as the Barbarians took guard to maintain their lead until the final whistle.

Full Time 33-7.

Winner scooped $10,000, runners up Police Blue collected $ $5500 and bronze winners Fiji Warriors walked away with $2500.


46th Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens best player Filipe Bukayaro

Barbarians’ Filipe Bukayaro was awarded the best player and walked away with $500.

Team members also received the new $7 that was unveiled which commemorated the Tokyo gold medal win for the men’s and Fijiana’s bronze medal.

A total $33,840 was shared amongst 48 teams that made up the Fiji Bitter Main Cup competition – every team that took part returned home with some cash after a grueling three day event.

Fourth place Army Green returned to the Queen Elizabeth Barracks with $2100.


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