DESPITE failing to defend the Uprising Fiji International 7s title yesterday, the Wardens rugby club was pleased with the performance of their new players.
With most of their players in the national training side and playing for the Digicel Fiji Barbarians and the FMF Fiji Warriors, Wardens had to bring in their upcoming players for the tournament.
They lost in the semi-final 21-7 to the Warriors at Lautoka's Churchill Park and team manager Joe Vosanibola said his players did a great job.
He said it was not the result they were after but it helped expose their new players to tough competition.
"With our senior players and our coach in the national training squad, we brought in our new players to get a taste of top level rugby," Vosanibola said.
"And it was really good competition that they faced and it was good for them because now they have some good experience," he said.
He said the club would now target the other tournaments.
"The players have learnt a lot from this tournament and we look forward to upcoming tournaments.
"We are defending some and we will try and win some tournaments," Vosanibola said.
Uprising Fiji International 7s Day 2 Photos