THE Uprising Fiji International 7s tournament kicked off with a big bang as the defending champions Wardens went down to unknown Yamacia 17-14.
It was a see-saw battle that went down to the wire until Yamacia pulled through with a try to steal the match.
Former national rep Filimoni Botitu opened the account for the Nadi-based Yamacia side whose players are all from Navosa.
Two more tries from Asaeli Boko and Mosese Mawalu helped Yamacia seal the victory.
Waisale Tuisaravi was the stand out player in the match as he continuously broke the first line of defence to put the Ministry of Health-sponsored Wardens under pressure.
The 22-year-old set up all the tries for his side and proved to be a player to look out for in future competitions.
Yamacia manager David Dakuitoga said his side gave their best shot and emerged victorious. He said the team had faith in their game plan and remained focused on the goal.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game, so the coaches had reminded the players to remain focused and composed in the match," Dakuitoga said.
Uprising Fiji International 7s Day 1 Photos