PLAYER of the tournament, Rusila Tamoi scored a brace of tries in the final to help the Marist Sea Hawks side win the inaugural Womens Regional 7s tournament yesterday.
The Sea Hawks came from behind to beat Central Chiefs 24-14 in the final at the Cathedral Secondary School grounds in Suva.
Newly formed club, the Chiefs, reached their first ever final in a local competition and raced to a 14-7 lead at half-time.
But with experience on their side and with a few Fijiana reps, the Sea Hawks came back strongly in the second half to score three tries and prevented their opponents from crossing the white-wash.
Team coach Elenoa Kunatuba said they were given a good run for their money by the young Chiefs side.
"It was a tough match but experience helped us win the match," she said.
"The message at half-time was to keep the pressure on the Chiefs and the girls did that so we won in the end."
Fiji Women's Rugby Union president Paulini Tamatasasa hailed the tournament a huge success.
"It was a very fruitful tournament because we got to see the talent we have in the different districts," she said.
"Usually, only the teams from Suva compete but here we had teams from as far as Labasa, Ra, Lautoka, Tailevu, Bua, Naitasiri and Serua competing."
Tamatasasa thanked the Fiji Rugby Union Development Unit for supporting the tournament.