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Double scoop

Manoj Kumar
Sunday, December 09, 2012

IT was double celebrations for Police ruggers yesterday.

Following on from Friday's 17-15 Sukuna Bowl triumph, former national sevens rep Manasa Bari led the lawmen to victory at the Waikoula Vancouver Sevens.

They walloped Osea Kolinisau's Covenant Brothers 43-5 in the cup final to bag $10,000.

The BSP Life Police sevens team, including the likes of former Fiji reps Sakenasa Aca, Peni Gaunimeke, Waisale Dau, Samisoni Viriviri and Ulaiasi Lawavou, had earlier bagged $11,000 at the Coral Coast Sevens having finished runners-up to Red Rock and $5000 for winning the Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens.

While their victorious fifteens mates were welcomed at the Nasova Barracks with afternoon tea yesterday, the sevens side were busy playing a dual role in Tavua.

"The sevens team is part of our community policing which is seen as the White Gloves Concept," Police spokesman Atu Sokomuri said yesterday.

"It's not all about rugby. The team travels to the respective districts a few days prior to the competition to help create awareness in villagers and settlements.

"It is a way forward in combating crime.

"Next week the team will travel to Wainibuka for community policing before taking part in a tournament there."

Waikoula Vancouver 7s co-ordinator Sairusi Tagiveitaua said Police seemed to have been fired up by the Sukuna Bowl victory and were unstoppable in the final.

"We had a great tournament," Tagiveitaua said.

"The crowd turnout was overwhelming. The fans enjoyed top class action. This kind of tournament will help develop the sport in this area.

"For the youngsters it was good to see their idols like Pio Tuwai live in action.

"The best part about it is the humbleness of these players to mingle with the fans."

Covenant Brothers bounced back after the first round 7-14 shock defeat to an unknown Rayawa team from Malolo to qualify for the eliminations. In the semi-finals, Covenant Brothers downed Botaira 14-12 while Tuwai's Tokatoka Resort lost to Police 5-10.

In the quarter-finals, Covenant Brothers beat Vatukoula 12-5, Botaira beat Batiri 17-7, Police downed Ratu Filise 26-14 while Tokatoka Resort defeated Red Rock 7-5 in a close match.

Warwick won the plate title beating Mataravua 17-12.

Kula Young Boys won the bowl title defeating Brothers 33-0 while Tavua took home the shield beating Survivors 14-12.

The Waikoula 7s is part of the Pasifika Rugby 7s Promotions Incorporated 2012/2013 Rugby 7s Fiji Series.

Covenant Brothers won the Vancouver CBM 7s in Savusavu last week.

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