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Tuwai, Nacuqu help Eagles in Yasawa

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

NATIONAL 7s reps Pio Tuwai and Waisea Nacuqu spearheaded the Golden Eagles side to beat a gutsy Wea Bay Warriors 33-7 in the final of the Tabuqali 7s tournament and win the Sakuvorowaqa Trophy at Salusalu Park in Somosomo, Yasawa, over the weekend.

The national 7s duo combined well with Toulon-based Josua Tuisova to overcome a tough Tabuqali challenge which boasted the services of former Fiji Bati rep Semisi Tora and former national 7s rep Iliesa Nadau.

Tuwai orchestrated his team magnificently showing his class and skills to deny the host team a victory.

The lanky forward provided the much needed thrust in the forwards while his younger brother Tuisova was unstoppable at rover, breaking the first line of defence for flyer Nacanieli Vosavou to score tries.

Nippy playmaker Nacuqu entertained the Yasawa fans with his deft sidesteps and sheer pace that he's renowned for in the international scene.

Wea Bay Warriors' hard- hitting forward Semisi Tora also showed his strength and speed when he bulldozed his way past three defenders to score his team's only try.

Eagles winger Vosavou scored two tries in the final and also won the player of the tournament award and the top try scorer award.

Tuwai was named the player of the final while Nacuqu was awarded the top points scorer award. France-based Tuisova won the best backline award.

Tuwai said his players were stretched to the wire by a tough outfit.

"It was a physical and tough game and I thank the Almighty Lord for giving us the victory," he said.

"We were up against a very skilful and tough opponent in the final and I also thanked our boys for their effort."

The side thumped Volivolitakelo of Gunu Village 19-0 in the semi-final while the Warriors escaped a tough challenge from the Kese Village-based Rukurukubasaga side to win 7-0 in the other semi-final.

Full results:

Semi-finals:

Bowl:Yasawa High Scool 13-10 Muaira, Rusty 0-Golden Eagles II

Plate: Somosomo 13-0 Vaturua, Yaqeta 19-12 Vuaki

Cup: Wea Bay Warriors 7-0 Rukurukutabua

Finals:

Bowl: Golden Eagles II 24-12 Yasawa High School

Plate: Yaqeta 17-12 Somosomo

Cup: Golden Eagles 33-7 Wea Bay Warriors


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