FORMER national sevens star Metuisela Talebula made a clear statement that he wants his jersey back for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Playing for the Uprising club, the 21-year-old scored a try, set up two and kicked three conversions to help his side beat the New Zealand Emerging 7s 21-19.
It was the first match of the tournament for the two teams at Lautoka's Churchill Park and it was the hosts that stamped their mark.
They started on a high note with tries to Talebula and Laisiasa Coqe, which were converted by Talebula to lead 14-0.
However, after stern words from technical adviser Gordon Tietjen, NZ struck back through Beaudine Waaka who converted his own try.
Just before half-time, NZ players Belgium Tuatagaloa and William Whetton were yellow carded for indiscipline as Uprising lead 14-7.
In the first minute of the second half, Uprising took advantage to score through former national sevens rep Avenisi Vasuinubu to take their tally to 21 points.
Two late tries from New Zealand closed the gap to two points as Uprising won 21-19.
Uprising Fiji International 7s Day 1 Photos