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Leuta dedicates USA win to family in Fiji

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

BEATING the Fijians in rugby 7s is always humbling for USA 7s forward Matai Leuta.

The Salia native from Nayau, Lau, was happy at the same time emotional to see his fellow countrymen bow out in the cup semi-final.

Leuta, who also scored a try in that semi-final, said it was always special to beat Fiji.

"It is always a great and a humbling feeling to beat Fiji. They are always tough to play against and I wish them all the best," Leuta said.

"That try I scored in the semi-final was my first in Vegas, it is really special to score in front of my fans and loved ones and to do it against Fiji, just makes it extra special."

Leuta, who perfectly filled the vacuum left by Andrew Durutalo, has dedicated the win to his loved ones in Fiji.

"Fiji always comes with first-class performance and to win against them is a great achievement. I dedicate this win to my family in Baka Place, Nakasi and all the boys there."

He also played a huge part in helping his USA team win the Las Vegas 7s tournament beating Argentina 28-0 in the final.

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