THE urgency of playing at the Coral Coast 7s tournament will make the Great Eight Sevens event which starts today an interesting battle.
With the number of teams increased to 32 compared to 24 last year, organisers are anticipating some mouth-watering clashes for the next two days at Lawaqa Park.
Only the top eight teams from this event will compete at the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s on November 14 to 16.
Top local clubs such as Wardens Gold, Tokatoka Westfield Babarians, Daveta, Coastal Ratu Filise and Army will be gunning for the top spots.
However, tournament organiser Jay Whyte said other clubs should not be left out of the equation.
"I rate this year's event very highly as the number of teams has increased from 24 to 32 and the team calibre is second to none," he said.
"The usual teams like Tokatoka Resort, Wardens Gold, Daveta and Coastal Ratu Filise should be there or thereabouts at the end of the two days. But I think there could be a few upsets involving teams like Tovolea, Coastal Senibiau and Seniboro."
He said the tournament was a great way to identify the best teams for the Coral Coast event.
"There is certainly a sense of anticipation as many of these teams really want to win their way through to the premier sevens tournament in Fiji, the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens where they hope to be the Champion of Champions, coming up against the Fitness First Central Coast Sevens champion (Australia) Northern Suburbs or the Middlesex Champions (NZ) Pakaranga."