THE Yamacia 7s team is optimistic of upsetting defending Uprising Fiji International 7s champion Wardens, Coral Coast 7s champion Red Rock and the high-flying Tokatoka Babas at Lautoka's Churchill Park.
Guided by two of the country's finest 7s players in Aisea Tuilevu and Filimoni Delasau, the side will leave no stone unturned in their bid to upset these top teams.
And with the inclusion of hard-hitting Nadroga looseman Asaeli Boko, the side will be in for a surprise this weekend.
However, team manager David Dakuitoga said the side suffered a huge blow with the 11th hour omission of versatile rover Donasio Ratubuli who was called in by the national 7s selector to play for the FMF Fiji Warriors 7s team.
"Donasio has been training with us for the past weeks and his departure will be a huge blow to the team," said Dakuitoga.
"But again the boys have been told to remain focused on their goal and to give their opponents a good run for their money."
He said the side had prepared well for the rugby battle and they were looking forward to their opening clash against the Wardens.
Dakuitoga said he had faith in his players that they could upset the defending champions in their first pool game.
When asked of his team's chances against the Wardens, he said: "If the heart is willing then nothing is impossible for the boys."
"I believe in these players and I know they are capable of fulfilling their goals," he added.
"Our first game will be important because we will gauge our strength against one of the top teams in the country.
"We have some very good players in our team and they are ready for the battle and will leave no stones unturned in our bid to do well."
The side had a friendly game against the Fiji Babas yesterday and will play their first pool game at 10am tomorrow.
Yamacia 7s team:
Mosese Vatunitu (captain) Asaeli Boko, Waisale Tuisaravi, Aporosa Yada, Mosese Mawalu, Jerry Tuilevu, Filimoni Botitu, Luke Navuwai, Alfred Dakuitoga, Ropate Labalaba, Semi Kunatagi, Napolioni Taukei.