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Cut out to play 7s

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, November 10, 2012

A GROUP of youths have invested their hard earned money from cutting sugarcane to enter a sevens tournament.

The Fiji Bitter Wailevu Baby Blacks team have now set their sights on winning the NewWorld Nasea Sevens tournament which kicked off yesterday at Subrail Park in Labasa.

The side is made up of unemployed youths from Wailevu Village in Labasa. The youths are using the tournament to expose their sevens skills and talents.

Team trainer Isoa Rokobici said the team had been harvesting sugarcane on farms in Labasa to help raise their $200 registration fee for the tournament.

He said their participation was something that they would do from the heart.

The side won its first two matches against Wardens Vaunibale 19-14 and Naduri 14-7.

"Our team consists of a young side with youths between the ages of 19 and 20 years who have skills for the game but have yet to expose their talent," said Rokobici.

"We are capitalising on the speed and the ball handling skills of our young side to further our campaign in this tournament."

Rokobici said the team had in the past produced players such as national reps Bruce Rauqe, Tevita Tukania, Koli Rakoroi and many other local stars who have made it big in the local rugby scene.

"We are a new team but it takes a lot of perspiration to succeed in anything and we look forward to lifting the NewWorld Nasea Sevens trophy tomorrow — anything is possible," said Rokobici.

"I have been telling the boys that they need to put their mind and soul on the game and focus on the game plan that we have set and this has been evident in our first two games today," he said.