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Waimanu Green wins Samurai title

Paulini Ratulailai
Sunday, October 29, 2017

WAIMANU Green defeated Samurai Barracudas 5-0 to claim the Samurai 7s crown at Sila Central High School ground yesterday.

Waimanu thrashed Namoka Youth 26-5 in the quarter- final and faced a hard battle against Naqau Brothers in a sudden-death but Waimanu proved them wrong coming out winners in the semi-final.

Tournament director Sailosi Naiteqe said all in all rugby was the winner at the end of the day.

"It is a good platform for the 10 teams that participated to have more game time before their play at the RAKA 7s which is in four weeks," he said.

"Players need to get a taste of how 14 minutes of game is played and this is how they will have to work themselves out.

"I am glad to have some of the players who I coached like Pio Raitoni who is now coaching Tacirua and Nasoni Roko coaching the Samurai Barracudas. This shows the talent and skills they have in order to run a team.

"For me personally it is about giving back to the players, I am also helping Roko try and achieve his certificate in coaching IRB level two so this is a pathway for him to prove himself.

"For RAKA 7s Roko will be playing for Tabadamu but he will be coaching Waimanu and Samurai 7s and this is how I want players to be when they leave rugby, to have the knowledge to help the young upcoming rugby players."

Naiteqe said he was happy to host a 7s tournament all for the love of rugby.

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