Tabadamu chases fourth Marist title

Nasoni Roko with members of the Tabadamu rugby sevens team preparing meals at their camp at Raiwai yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

Nasoni Roko with members of the Tabadamu rugby sevens team preparing meals at their camp at Raiwai yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

A WIN for Tabadamu on Saturday will add a new chapter in the Marist 7s history by being the first team to win in four consecutive years.

The team is ready not to leave any stone unturned this weekend, says team manager Leo Naikasau Sr.

The side won the Fiji Bitter-sponsored tournament in 2015 and have made two successful defence in 2016 and last year.

Naikasau Sr said from past tournaments and in fact all the tournaments they played, this year’s Marist 7s would be no different.

“We treat every game as important just like our final game and the boys bear that in mind,” the former soldier said.

“We have a mixture of experienced and young players who will do the job come the final whistle.”

He said teamwork and team bonding played a vital role in the team’s success.

“Our players trust each other and whoever is rostered to conduct the training session will make sure all the plans are being followed and our fitness will be maintained or go up a notch,” he said.

“Nasoni Roko is coaching the side and still playing. Emosi Vucago is also contributing to the team’s routine and so is Jone Vota, who all have experienced top training sessions with the Fiji 7s team.”

He said Terry Tamani, who has been the tournament player for the Marist 7s in the past two years alongside Junior Gaunimeke would be key men for the side’s campaign.

National squad members Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Samu Bale will boost the side’s title defence.

The Marist 7s will start today at the ANZ Stadium, Buckhurst and Bidesi grounds and will end tomorrow.

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