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Gusuivalu follows in Honda's strides

Maciu Malo
Saturday, November 17, 2012

SECONDARY school sprint queen Suluiana Gusuivalu was the toast of her Marist Seahawks team, scoring four tries in their 57-0 win over Sydney University during the Coral Coast 7s held at Lawaqa Park yesterday.

The lanky sprinter showed sheer pace on the wing and could be the answer for the Fijiana 7s team at the Rugby World Cup Sevens next year in Russia.

Stepping in the shoes of her dad and former national 7s speed merchant Etuate 'Honda' Gusuivalu, the Suva Grammar School student will be the key player for her team in the women's semi-finals today.

Team coach and Fijiana mentor Elenoa Kunatuba said Gusuivalu had the material needed in her team.

"She has the class and the flair needed in the national team and she will be an asset to our team in the semi-finals," Kunatuba said.

"She just needs to polish up a few of her moves before she can be the best in her position."

Kunatuba said she did not want to spoil Gusuivalu's athletics career but said she was welcome to play in the Fijiana 7s team.

"It's up to her which sport she wants to take up and we will welcome her in rugby if she wants to."

Marist Seahawks will face off with Striders in today's semi-final while the enterprisng Sunnybank team of Australia will tackle Aussie Pearls in other contest.





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