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Wardens taste victory

Emoni Narawa
Sunday, December 22, 2013

THE Wardens Rugby Club ended its hectic season in style after scooping the Salato 7s tournament.

The side, led by Flying Fijians centre and former sevens captain Lepani Botia, hammered Lomaiviti 32-7 during the cup finals at the Suva Grammar School grounds yesterday.

It was a second loss in a row for Lomaiviti after falling at the hands of Bure Ambassadors in the cup final last year.

Wardens edged Red Rock One during the quarter-finals 7-0. Following a nil-all tie at the break, Botia showed glimpses of his rare speed to score the only try of the match and relegating the Qauia-based club to the plate competition.

Botia led the charge upfront and nippy playmaker Sevuloni Rakula orchestrated the backline move in a one-sided cup final affair. Wardens led 22-7 at the break.

Lomaiviti, which had the services of former Fiji sevens rep Neumaia Cakacaka, had no answer to Wardens' retaliation.

Wardens coach Metuisela Vueti said his troops stuck to the game plan.

"It was a fine effort from the boys and I congratulate them," he said.

"We kept on improving and lifting our performance to the next level from the quarter-final and I thank the boys for believing in themselves and working hard on the field for this win.

"This is a fine way to end the season. It was not easy. I believe Lomaiviti gave us a good game but in the end, our forwards led by Lepani (Botia) set the platform for us."

Wardens beat Nasolo Young Boys 26-7 in the first semi-final while Lomaiviti edged Uluinakau Babas 17-12 at sudden death.

Red Rock settled for the plate after edging Tabadamu 10-7, Baybeez Senivaivai beat Natakala 21-5 to win the bowl competition.

Tokatoka Resort Westfield Barbarians defeated Duavata Naselai 19-14 to win the under-19 grade.