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Reds rock

Manoj Kumar
Sunday, November 18, 2012

JASA Veremalua is destined for top flight football.

He last night received the Serevi/Campese Award after leading his side to a $33,000 victory at the Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park.

"He has everything. Speed, height and is a very intelligent player. Jasa deserves to wear the Fiji jumper," commented sevens wizard Waisale Serevi.

Prop Veremalua's Red Rock beat the Manasa-Bari coached Police 17-12 in the cup final.

When asked what coach Lote Rasiga said to him and his players before the $44,000 showdown in front of some 3000 fans, Veremalua's reply was simple: "Believe in the Lord, believe in yourself".

"I want to thank the Lord for giving us the strength to be competitive. We had a game plan and stuck to it. The win was always going to come given the amount of commitment shown by the players," added Veremalua, who hails from Baravi, Nadroga.

Jone Macilai scored two tries and Eminoni Batimala one as the Qauia, Lami-based side led 17-0 at half-time.

Police hit back with tries to former Fiji rep Sakenasa Aca and former Red Rock ace Peni Gaunimeke but the stylish Red Rock side held on to win their second Coral Coast title.

"The boys came back well and I am happy for them. I told them to tighten up their defence and play it outwide which they did," said Police coach Manasa Bari.

Bari also praised the Red Rock effort.

"That's their life, their bread and butter," added the former national rep.

"They only train and play rugby and that showed today. They are a fit side." Police received $11,000 as runners-up.