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Waqatabu scores two to help Police win Yamacia 7s

Maciu Malo
Friday, May 09, 2014

APISALOME Waqatabu scored two tries to help Police defeat Awesome Adventures Yasawa Stingers 33-15 in the final of the Yamacia 7s held at Draiba Village ground in Navosa yesterday.

The Police flyer who was given the captain's armband led his men by example to oust the spirited islanders in a torrid encounter.

Waqatabu's blistering speed entertained 7s fans up in the hills of Navosa who came in huge numbers to watch the entertaining two-day of competition.

Experience and class were the contributing factors that helped the star-studded Police team maintain its unbeaten run after three 7s tournaments.

High from their win at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s and the Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s, the Manasa Bari-coached side was impressive in the final.

Big names such as Waqatabu, Livai Ikanikoda, Meli Kurisaru, Mitieli Nacagilevu and former Red Rock player Eroni Sau combined to deliver the goods for their fans.

But the men-in-blue were given a good run for their money by an unknown and tough Yasawa outfit who had earlier ousted Wardens Gold in the quarter-final before defeating First Landing in the semi-final to earn their spot in the final.

The Stingers though lost the final to a strong Police team but they have stamped their dominance in the local 7s competition.

Police coach Manasa Bari commended the Stingers for giving his troops a tough battle.

"I must thank the Yasawa side for a tremendous display," said Bari.

"They give us a good challenge and they will be a force to reckon in the future.

"I also commend my boys for maintaining their winning form from Savusavu last weekend."

Stingers assistant manager Thomas Bruce commended the islanders for their grand performance.

"We are satisfied with our performance despite falling short in the final," said Bruce.

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