FORMER Fiji sevens captain Watisoni Votu was a difficult man to stop at yesterdays opening round of competition of the Fiji Bitter Gaunavou Sevens tournament that kicked-off at Ganilau Park in Savusavu .
Playing on right wing for the Nadi-based Westfield side, the big man had the crowd on their feet every time he was given the ball.
And his presence on the muddy rugby field was like mana from heaven as the older women of Savusavu made sure to at least shake his hands.
When Votu was called to the main dais toss the coin he was greeted by Nau Galu of Yaroi village who hugged and kissed him and cheered him on as he made his way to the referee.
Westfield's second pool game against the Somosomo Lakers ended with a 17 - 0 and the boys from the Western Division have thanked God for their win.
Votu's aggressive play in easily pushing down attacks from Somosomo opened the match with a converted try after running from his 22 metre line - two minutes into the first half.
Westfield's Josua Tuisova responded with an unconverted try in a space of three minutes taking the scores to 12 - 0 at half-time.
The second half opened with another unconverted try from Westfield's Asaeli Vula.
Westfield team manager Ponijese Lou said he thanked God for being the pillar of strength for his side as his boys managed to win both their matches in their pool games.
"We always depend on God for everything and we know he is our source of strength and success.
"We managed to achieve these wins because he was on our side."
Westfield also defeated Senidakua 1 by 26-0.
They will be one of the favourites to win the two-day tournament