FIJI Bitter Gaunavou Sevens defending champions Police walked away $5000 richer after defeating Red Rock 19-5 in the cup final yesterday.
Former Fiji rep Peni Gaunimeke's fancy rugby skills and dodging footsteps put his team into a comfortable lead in the first half. Red Rock opened the match with Vucago Bai's unconverted try three minutes into the first half, 5-0. The Qauia boys dominated the first six minutes as they fought their way into the Police territory.
Police responded with a counter attack which led to Joe Nasilisili's first converted try, putting his team in the lead, 7-5. In a space of three minutes after Nasilisili's first try, Gaunameke showed the northern crowd some fine skills as he ran from his 22-metre line untouched and put down the team's second converted try for a comfortable lead of 14-5 at halftime. Police strength grew in the second half as they stormed up strong defence against Red Rock having Meli Kurusau touch down the last try, sealing the match at 19-5.
Police coach Manasa Bari praised his men. "They played very well and I take my hat off to the boys. It is their dedication and commitment that gave us victory today and considering that these are officers from stations around Fiji, they have done well." Bari said they would have to improve their game plan and defence when they take part at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka Sevens.
Red Rock coach Sailasa Waqabaca said the game was a tough one and having his boys play against the defending champions was good exposure and experience for his young team.