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Josefa Makaba
Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Yes, I'm ready for national sevens duties if the national sevens selectors want me."

That's the word from Leone Naikasavu, the 2012 Services Sevens Player of the Tournament after receiving his prize at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday.

Naikasavu scored two tries in the final as he helped Wardens Gold beat Police Blue 33-19 to take home $4000.

Naikasavu was not only the star in the final for Wardens Gold but the stocky player played outstandingly throughout the two-day tournament.

His two tries were scored after he broke through the Police defence with sheer power and ran away to the tryline beating the cover defence.

"I'm happy with how I performed as I have been training hard with the Wardens before we came to this tournament," the speedster from Nakavika Village said.

"I didn't expect to win the award but I'm thankful to the tournament officials for selecting me for this top prize," Naikasavu said.

Naikasavu, who only joined the Wardens last October, said his rugby had improved a lot since then.

"Before playing for Wardens I only played for my club side in the Namosi rugby competition and I also played for Namosi in fifteens," the 23-year-old said.

"My aim is to make the national sevens team and if the selectors think I'm good enough I'm ready for national duties."

Wardens Gold, with the inclusion of national sevens reps Ilai Tinai, Setefano Cakau and Lepani Botia, continued with the good form they showed in the opening day of competition.

After making it through to the quarter-finals, the side thrashed Army in the semi-finals 33-0.

Cakau was the star as he broke through the Army defence on a couple of occasions and managed to score two tries in this one-sided affair.

Police Blue made it to the final after beating Wardens Maroon 15-10 in their sudden-death semi-final.





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