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Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, March 09, 2014

LEPANI Botia resigned from the Fiji Corrections Service last week after sealing a deal with a France-based club.

But his club Wardens sought his services for the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s and Botia obliged.

And yesterday the Naivucini, Naitasiri man guided the team to victory at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay.

The Wardens, which last won the Marist 7s in 2012, defeated Police 15-12 in a pulsating final.

Rightfully, the team dedicated the win to its outgoing captain and the people who are at the very centre of the institute in which they serve.

Wardens coach Metuisela Vueti said the win was also for the prison officers and inmates around the country.

"He (Botia) resigned last week, we asked him and he said OK, he will play for us," Vueti said.

"I dedicate the win to all the prison officers around Fiji, the Commissioner of Prisons for his loyal support to the team.

"We also dedicate the win to the inmates. They have been praying for us whenever we go to play in any tournament."

The inspirational Botia scored the opening try in the showdown to give Wardens a 5-0 lead before Apete Naikolo and Peceli Raiqeu scored a try each for Police to give them the 12-5 lead at the break.

Wardens playmaker Waisea Nacuqu ignited his team's attack in the second spell and crossed the whitewash after a neat break followed by another try from Setefano Rasekala to take 15-12 lead.

Police made a fiery comeback in the final quarter of the match and scored a try after the hooter, which was disallowed by referee James Bolabiu, who ruled a forward pass in the last set of play.

Wardens collected $15,000 after the win while Police settled for $5000.

Meanwhile, Ratu Filise won the Shield competition after beating Red Rock 17-14.

The Oldies competition was won by Namosi, which defeated Suva 17-14, while Marist Seahawks overcame Striders 29-24 to win the Women's title.

RFMF I won the Bowl competition beating First Landing 24-7 while Tokatoka Resort Westfield Barbarians overcame Wardens Green 7-5 to win the Plate competition.

Yamacia won the 3rd/4th place play-off beating CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu 19-7.





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