THE Uprising Fiji International Sevens win yesterday was a timely boost for the Digicel Fiji 7s side as they enter the final stage of preparation for the upcoming leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Shadow national teams, the Digicel Fiji Barbarians and FMF Fiji Warriors, faced off in the final yesterday at Lautoka's Churchill Park.
Captain courageous Setefano Cakau guided his Fiji Barbarians side with example to outsmart the Warriors 31-12 to be crowned the new Uprising 7s champions.
The Barbarians led 17-7 at the break and despite an early surge by the Warriors in the opening minute of the second spell, the side held on to win the $25,000 prizemoney.
Cakau, who was named the Player of the Tournament, thanked the players of both sides for putting up a brave fight and working as a team to make the finals.
He also thanked the fans for coming out in numbers and showing their support for the national side.
Cakau said they would use the experience from the Uprising 7s as a platform to prepare for the Wellington and Las Vegas 7s.
"This is the first time we played together as a team and this definitely has set a good platform for the upcoming tournaments," he said.
"I want to thank all the (national training squad) players for the good performance in this tournament."
Cakau also thanked the organisers for honouring him with the top individual award adding it would not have been possible without the support of his fellow team mates.
Meanwhile, the Australian Thunderbolts defeated Samoa 19-14 to win the Plate final while URL Army scooped the Bowl final beating Tokatoka Barbarians 26-0.
LICI Police won the Shield after overcoming FWCC Red Rock 33-7 in the final.
Marist Seahawks successfully defended the women's title.
Uprising Fiji International 7s Day 2 Photos