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Powell out to impress Ryan

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, March 08, 2014

CHRISTER Powell maybe the youngest player in the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s but he is proving age doesn't matter.

The Uprising youngster made his debut in the country's biggest 7s tournament yesterday at the ANZ Stadium and is looking forward to the challenge in the final day of the competition today.

The Deuba-based side bombed out of the cup competition in the elimination round after losing to Marist 7-12 in sudden death play.

Powell, who plays at rover, said he hoped to impress Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan in the tournament.

Ryan is on the lookout for potential players to play for the Fiji 7s side in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China later in the year.

"I felt bit pressured in the beginning but I have been playing for Uprising since last year so I was able to overcome that," Powell, the sixth former of Rampur College, said.

"It was pretty tough although I didn't get much game time but thanks to the encouragement from the coach and the team manager James Pridgeon.

"I have learnt a lot of lesson from playing (yesterday) and I'm looking forward to tomorrow (today)."

Pridgeon earlier said Powell was one of the talented players they had been grooming and hoped he would be able to impress Ryan with his performance.

Uprising will feature in the "money back competition" today.

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