THE Davetalevu rugby team kicked off their Asian tour on a high note by retaining the Borneo Sevens tournament after walloping the Borneo Eagles 29-0 in the Cup final on Sunday afternoon.
Its victory is the third-in-a-row for the Nadroga-based rugby club.
Team official Neumi Mohi said the team went through the two-day tournament without conceding any points.
"I've been in contact with the team co-ordinator John Lotu in Malaysia and they are pleased with the result," said Mohi.
He said Davetalevu thrashed local team Sabra Eagles in the quarter-finals 40-0 before destroying the Auckland Fiji, which had the services of some former national sevens reps, 24-0.
However, Mohi said there were injuries to some players as a result of a tough tournament.
This week, the side will defend the Singapore Cricket Club 7s which they won last year.
The team then heads for Kuala Lumpur in the third week for the Cobra 10s.
"Skipper Asaeli Boko, Iliesa Ratuva, Nevote Namalo, Maikeli Toga and Duwai are all nursing injuries but John said they should all be fully recovered for the Singapore leg of the tour, which starts this weekend.
"We're expecting the Singapore tournament to be much tougher because many teams in the IRB sevens circuit usually send their shadow sides to sort of gauge their strengths before the Dubai 7s. But we are the defending champion and we are confident of retaining the title."
The team was welcomed by Fiji's ambassador in Malaysia Ratu Meli Bainimarama on arrival on Thursday morning.
"We would like to thank our country's representative in Malaysia for being so helpful in previous years and this year is no exception
"We believe the victory is not only for Davetalevu but for the country as well since we are the only club that represents Fiji there," he Mohi.