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Champ starts well

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, March 08, 2014

DEFENDING champions Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians is hoping for the best today.

And that's what the Westerners will get in the final day of the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay.

The Epeli Lagiloa-coached side will be playing in the Cup eliminations after this morning after some good wins yesterday.

In its opening pool match, the Westfield Barbarians defeated West Roosters Wellington New Zealand 17-0 followed by a 21-0 win over Nailaga Rugby Club.

In their final pool match, the Barbarians, which has the services of players such as Samu Saqiwa, Vilimoni Morawa, Asaeli Vula and Jiuta Takubu thrashed Uluinakau III 42-0.

Coach Lagiloa said it would get tougher from today as the top teams would fight for survival in the quarter-final stage.

However, he remains optimistic of successfully defending the title they won after beating Wardens last year.

Lagiloa hopes the competition within the team for a spot in the Vodafone Fiji 7s side for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series will boost their performance.

"It's too early to predict. It's getting tougher now but we have done what is planned for today (yesterday)," Lagiloa said.

"It's going to be tough from tomorrow (today). Marist 7s is probably the best organised and showcases highest calibre of 7s rugby."

The Barbarians is set to face a tough challenge from the star-studded Tabadamu Blues led by former national 7s skipper Setefano Cakau, Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s champions Yamacia and Lote Rasiga's Red Rock.

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