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New champion of Gaunavou 7s

Maciu Malo
Monday, February 10, 2014

MORE raw rugby 7s talents were unearthed at the Gaunavou 7s last weekend in Ba with a new champion being crowned after five weeks of the Gaunavou and Lomavata 7s series.

The Western Wardens team have stamped its status in the series to win the fifth tournament beating Kula 20-12 in the cup final and joined past tournament winners Yamacia, Tokatoka Westfield, Western Suburbs and Natabua on winning a tournament each.

Tournament official Joji Tuivaga said the rivalry and battle among players were evident in the outcome of the past five tournaments.

He said new teams and new players had stamped their mark during the series.

He said some players had the material and the talents to be considered for national duties.

"Teams such as Kula from Vatukoula and Lomavata from Ba have upset some of the top teams in 7s rugby," said Tuivaga.

"There are many untapped 7s talents competing in this series and it would be nice for Ben Ryan to watch these unknown boys in action.

"The series has produced some magnificent players that Fiji 7s can rely on in future."

Tuivaga said the series had achieved its objective of identifying hidden talents in Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Vatukoula and Ra.

"The objective of this series is to expose and identify untapped 7s rugby talents in the rural areas of the Western Division and I am impressed with the amount of talents displayed."

"We have produced some X-factor players who can create something out- of nothing that can be groomed as match winners."

He said another interesting rugby battle was anticipated this weekend for the Lomavata 7s tournament to be held in Lautoka.





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