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Davetalevu makes a clean sweep

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

THE Davetalevu rugby side made a clean sweep in their Asia tour, equalling the feat achieved by the team more than a decade ago.

The Nadroga-based club won the HSBC-Cobra Rugby 10s tournament to add to its Borneo and Singapore 7s wins.

Davetalevu thrashed hosts Cobra 38-5 in the final to win the tournament in Malaysia over the weekend.

Nadroga Rugby Union spokesperson Tiko Matawalu said the record-equalling tour had set the team on track for this weekend's Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

The Davetalevu rugby side, with the likes of national reps in Apisai Domolailai, Samisoni Viriviri and Ulaiasi Lawavou, is pooled with Etuate Waqa's Tonga Aoniu, New Zealand-based Pacific Warriors and Warwick in Pool C.

"Definitely the win is a big morale booster for the team in the Coral Coast 7s," Matawalu, the former Nadroga skipper said.

"Our aim was to go there (Asia) and expose the young and talented players. To win is just a bonus for us."

Davetalevu coach Paula Biu thanked the players for their hard work during the tour.

"We had set out to win the tournament and we did. I have to thank the boys for their dedication and determination to give their best in the tournament," he told The Star.

"It is a very tough tournament with high-level of play from the other teams. I'm really proud of my boys."

Davetalevu, which is sponsored by Presidio Capital, has won in excess of $50,000 in prizemoney after winning the three tournaments.


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