Naduva reveals plan to winning try

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s winger Alasio Naduva in full flight at the Singapore 7s tournament. Picture: ZIMBIO

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s winger Alasio Naduva was confident he would score the winning try the moment Fiji was awarded the scrum in the dying moments of the Singapore 7s final against Australia on Monday morning.Naduva proved to be the hero in that final after he scored the lastgasp try to help Fiji win 28-22.

The 27-year-old said after Australia knocked the ball on, he told Waisea Nacuqu and Amenoni Nasilasila to hand him the ball.

“Before the scrum was set, I told Wise (Nacuqu) and Noni (Nasilasila) to give me the ball and I would score the try,” he said.

“We did not lose hope because we knew that it was Fiji’s time and we could score from anywhere. I want to thank the Lord for giving me the strength to run around those defenders to score the winning try. There is a saying that if there is unity, God commands His blessing.”

Hailing from Naweni in Cakaudrove, Naduva was roped into the national side by coach Gareth Baber for the Sydney 7s in January.

His afterburners caused a major boilover at the New Zealand 7s final in Hamilton in February against South Africa, turning a 12-point deficit at half-time to guide Fiji to a 24-17 victory by scoring a hat-trick of tries.

Naduva’s extraordinary performance earned him the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series player of the final award.

He has scored 21 tries this season. With the win in Singapore, Fiji is four points ahead of South Africa on the 2017-2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series points table with the London and Paris 7s to be played next month.

“Leading the series right now is something we wanted to do before we left our shores last week,” he said. “We wanted to lead the table and we have done it. To all the fans in Fiji and around the globe, thank you for supporting us.”