Daveta reigns as world club sevens champions
12 August, 2014, 12:00 am
FIJIAN side Daveta was crowned winner’s of the inaugural Limerick World Club 7s in Ireland early yesterday.
The John Lutu-coached side defeated Vancouver Bears 36-12 in the final at Thomond Park to win the prestigious title.
Daveta finished third in its pool and was ranked seventh in the top eight.
The side played Munster in the quarter-final and won 12-10 before beating Auckland 26-17 in the semi-final to book its place in the final.
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan was pleased with the team’s performance and thanked Yamacia for helping the side with some of their top sevens players.
Six players from Yamacia, two from Hideaway Hurricanes, two from Daveta, one each from Ratu Filise and Marist made up the team.
Most of the Daveta players who are playing for Nadroga were busy preparing for the Skipper Cup semi-final which was held over the weekend.
“It was an excellent performance, hopefully the organisers will allow more Fijian club sides into the event next year and thank you to Daveta for taking the team and for Yamacia in helping out with providing so many of the squad,” Ryan said.
Daveta also thanked Yamacia for providing their players and strengthening the team in the World Club 7s.
“Your players have represented your team so well. They stepped up to the challenge before them and proved to be extraordinary. You have every right to be proud of their achievements. We will bring them home safe!” Daveta wrote on its Facebook page.
“Thank you Father for the lives of these young men showing the whole world that you make the ordinary the extraordinary.
“From our small villages and a small dot on the map to the world stage not only participating but winning the World Club Sevens. Only God can do incredible things like that.”
Daveta thanked its coach Lutu, manager Paula Biu and others for helping the team while on tour.
“The boys were amazing and for the bravery and courageous effort shown. We are the champion.
“We have set a wonderful platform for our Olympic campaign for Ben Ryan and the boys in the 2014/2015 IRB series.”
The inaugural tournament had 12 clubs from the northern and southern hemispheres battling it out over two days for the world title.
Daveta – Levani Kurimaiwai, Levani Kurimudu, Ropate Labalaba, Apimeleki Mocekula, Amenoni Nasilasila, Luke Navuwai, Eremasi Radrodro, Ulai Sauvocia, Simeli Taqeya, Emosi Togovaki, Laitia Tuitatava, Jerry Tuwai