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Fijian stars in NZ 7s final

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NEW Zealand sevens star Lote Raikabula helped Wellington scoop its second national sevens title in 40 years at Rotorua yesterday.

The capital city side beat Auckland 26-17 in the championship final.

Raikabula, who is part of Sir Gordon Tietjens' team to the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas and Wellington, proved his worth by being selected into the All Blacks Sevens team.

Auckland had the services of Ben Lam, who starred for New Zealand in last season's IRB series.

Raikabula was the star for Wellington, combining well with Vaea Fifita, Tiwi Davies, Greg Foe, Hayden Schrijvers and fellow Fijian Inoke Rasabale who plays scrum-half.

Wellington led 19-5 at the break.

The Scott Waldrom-coached side went through the tournament unbeaten, including a 17-14 victory over Auckland in pool play.

Raikabula, Tomasi Cama Jr and David Raikuna are the three Fijian players in the New Zealand 7s squad for Las Vegas and Wellington.