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Bainivanua reigns in 7s

Maciu Malo
Sunday, March 09, 2014

ISLANDS Electric Bainivanua outclassed Natabua Gold 24-10 to win the Lomavata 7s at Lautoka's Churchill Park last night.

Laced with school dropouts from Vitogo, Matawalu, Namoli villages and surrounding areas and combined with some members of the Fiji Military Forces, the side displayed simple brand of rugby 7s to deny Natabua the win.

The side outplayed Natabua in aerial contest and in general play to score four unanswered tries and led 24-nil at the break.

Natabua then introduced France-based flyer Metuisela Talebula in the second spell who then stabilised the team's defensive pattern to score two tries and kept Bainivalu scoreless in the second spell.

Basic mistakes and handling errors also cost one of Natabua's tries early in the second spell but time was not enough for Talebula and his troops to reorganise as the referee blew the final whistle to end the game.

Team manager Iliesa Koroi commended his troops for their efforts.

He said his team made a slow start in their pool games but managed to up the tempo in the elimination stages to win the tournament.

Koroi said his players followed the game-plan set up for them but lost focus in the second spell.

"The boys were reminded to play as a unit and focus on the game-plan being set out for them," he said.

"We told the players not to be concerned with the presence of Talebula for Natabua but to play their hearts out."

Koroi said the win had given his young troops the confidence to match against local giants in future tournaments.

Bainivalu defeated Kelemedi Bola's Western Suburbs 12-0 in the semi-final while Natabua thumped Momi Tigers 17-0 in the second semi-final.

Yasawa Stingers defeated Nadi Stormers 19-7 to win the Bowl final while Ba River Blue downed Nadi's Gaunavou 14-12 to win the plate.

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