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Baravilala shines

Manoj Kumar
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

AT LEAST one Fijian ended up on a winning side at the Dubai Sevens last weekend although the success was in a lower tier of the women's section.

Akalaini Baravilala featured in the bowl final for USA and kicked a conversion as the women's Eagles team beat France 26-12.

Earlier this year, Baravilala starred for USA as they clinched the plate title to finish fifth at the London Sevens with a 22-7 win over Russia.

She scored a try in that final and before that touched down the winning five-pointer against France.

This came from the last play of the game and USA edged home 19-17 with Baravilala kicking the winning conversion.

Alongside Baravilala, Fijian referee Kuini Vuli was in action as a match official in the first leg of the 2012/2013 Women's Sevens World Series.

New Zealand won the cup final with a 41-0 thrashing of South Africa while Russia beat Canada 14-10 in the plate final.

Another Fijian Rebbeca Tavo skippered Australia as they finished fourth after going down 5-17 to Spain the third/fourth place play-off. She is the first Rotuman woman to play international rugby.

The next leg of the WSWS will be played in USA over February 1-2. The final two legs are in China and Netherlands.

New Zealand leads the series with 20 points followed by South Africa on 18, Spain 16 and Australia 14.





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