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Dovitabua: Expect fireworks

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SEVENS giants have confirmed their participation in this weekend's Martintar 7s tournament to be held at Nadi's Prince Charles Park.

Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians, Army, Wardens, Police, Nawaka, Hideaway Hurricanes and Ratu Filise are some of the teams highly tipped to walk away with the $3000 first prizemoney.

Tournament liaison officer Pita Dovitabua also confirmed the participation of national Vodafone 7s coach Ben Ryan.

He said Ryan would identify standout players from the tournament for a possible stint with the national training squad.

Dovitabua said the tournament was expected to be exciting as all players would lift their game to convince Ryan of a spot in the national 7s training squad.

He said 48 teams would compete in the tournament.

"The organisers have promised nothing less than fireworks when top 7s teams go head-to-head at Prince Charles Park," said Dovitabua.

"It will be interesting to watch top teams such as Tokatoka Westfield Babaas, Army, Police, Wardens, Ratu Filise, Warwick, Nawaka and the winners of the recent Lomavata 7s in Lautoka, Hideaway Hurricanes, tussle against each other.

"Hideaway Hurricanes will boast the services of national sevens team members Jasa Veremalua and nippy Sakiusa Gavidi."

Dovitabua also rates Butoni Hurricanes as one of the teams to watch.

"Another dark horse that could create surprises is Butoni Hurricanes which is laced with Nadroga players.

"We also have powerhouses like Mala Young Boys, Mosi Steelers and Natabua in our line-up too, so the two days promise to be very exciting."

The two-day tournament kicks off on Friday.

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