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Nacamaki wins Ultra 7s

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

NACAMAKI scooped the inaugural Ultra Sevens title which was held last month at Koro Island.

Ultra sevens is a modified version of rugby sevens using the established laws of the game, while introducing North American flavour, making for exciting, high scoring, and first time viewer friendly entertainment. Each team comprises up to 16 players and the game is played in four 15-minute quarters with a 15-minute half time break. Three five-minute breaks split up the quarters. In the final, Nacamaki defeated arch-rivals Tuatua 74-47 to claim the inaugural tournament title.

Lead organiser of the tournament Karl Fix hailed the teams that took part in the day-long event. "We recognised that staging a game of ultra sevens in Fiji would be a critical test to the acceptance of this new format for sevens," he said.

"Fiji is steeped in traditional sevens rugby and a great environment to assess acceptance of ultra sevens rugby."

A mini tournament was held prior to the featured game which saw six teams from surrounding villages of Buakala, Nakodu, Mudu, Nasau, Naqaidamu, and Nabuna.

Mudu won with 59 points.

In the main competition, Nacamaki's win earned the team the Peckham Cup which was presented by Waisiki Naqarase, who was representing the family of the late Tomas Peckham after whom the cup is named.

"We received excellent feedback from spectators, organisers, players and officials and that was very encouraging," Fix said.