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Sisters hatch plan to secure HK 7s seats

Rashneel Kumar In Hong Kong
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SISTERS Ane and Lynda Tabuya have an itch to be the first people at the Hong Kong Stadium this weekend.

With gates opening at 7am, they have to be there as early as 5am to execute their plan.

The plan is to secure the perimeter for the Vodafone Fiji 7s fans, who will be at the stadium to support the Ben Ryan-coached side in the Hong Kong 7s, which starts this Friday.

Ane and Lynda along with Dottie Chan have been doing this for the past two years.

This year, they have brought along a band of supporters, who arrived into Hong Kong over the weekend, to provide moral support to the national side.

Ane says they have a lot of things planned for the tournament this year.

"Fiji has been winning since we started coming to support the team. We hope the team does the same this year," Ane said.

"There is a huge rush for seats in Hong Kong 7s. The seats are not numbered so fans can sit wherever they want.

"We want all Fiji fans to be together so me and my sister have taken the responsibility of securing the place."

They have brought barricade tape or barrier tape, normally used to warn or catch the attention of passers-by of an area or situation containing a possible hazard, to secure the area.

"The area we normally chose is Section 131. It can accommodate about 400 fans. There are other team fans who are annoyed with us but we prefer to be together as a team off the field as well."

The group has also composed a song which they will be singing in support of the team in the three-day tournament.

"There are eight of us. We will be wearing special T-shirts which has a letter each from 'Go Fiji Go' printed on it.

"It's pretty special for us to be here again and we hope for a great tournament."

The group is in Malaysia hoping to gather more support from the Fijians residing there.

Call them crazy Fiji 7s fans or simply love for their country, one thing is certain, the Fiji 7s team will not lack support in the Hong Kong 7s this weekend.

The onus is on the players to deliver like they did in Tokyo, Japan over the weekend.

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