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7s underdogs up for big challenge

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, March 06, 2014

THE Cousteau Resort Vonoyauyau team aims to go a step further in the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s this weekend.

The side from Nacekoro Village in Savusavu bowed out in the elimination stage last year and is hoping for a better finish this year.

Cousteau Resort Vonoyauyau is pooled with Nabua 1, St Peters Rugby Club Namosi and Nasavu Gold.

Team manager Frank Chong said the boys had completed their preparations and were eager to test their skills against the best this week.

He said his youthful side was ready to take on the giants of 7s rugby this weekend.

"Most of the boys are school leavers and whilst some have secured employment at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Savusavu, others are banking on rugby to take them places like those who wore our colours before us," Chong said.

"Players like Lino Saunitoga who played for Marist last year and then made it into the Fiji squad and the current Fiji Warriors halfback Jock Luita who is now a police officer in Nadi.

"Koroi Yavala was a member of the Fiji U20 side and a member of the Fiji Warriors squad.

"Nadroga and Fiji fifteens rugby skipper Setefano Somoca played rugby for the team also before leaving for the tough Nadroga rugby province."

Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram hailed unknown teams such as Cousteau Resort Vonoyauyau for exposing the raw talents.

"It is teams like this that people love to see when they meet the giants and I assure you judging from last year's performance this team will be no pushover," Tikaram said.

"Honda was unknown until he outsprinted the fastest at the Marist 7s. William Ryder twinkle toed past them all here too.

"Naituiyaga used brute strength and speed here and the maestro Waisale Serevi goosed his way to fame here. So if you want to see some raw talent and at the 7s tourney where only the best come to play — come to the National Stadium on Friday and Saturday this week to avoid disappointment."

Ticket price for tomorrow is $7 flat while for Saturday, $5 (ground) and $12 (grandstand).


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