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MANA Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens organiser and founder Jay Whyte commended the improvement in rugby skills among young Fijians after day one of competition yesterday.

He said the skills in young players, especially those displayed by secondary schools ruggers in the Uprising Schools 7s at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, yesterday has improved.

“Twelve months ago we saw great sevens displayed by these youths, today the standard has improved a lot and I am so proud to be associated with the growth of these players in the sport that they love,” Whyte said. The tournament started with 24 teams, which included Hong Kong Youth, the Asian youth rugby champions, and KISSP Investment Wesley Fijian, a team made up of Fijian students from Wesley College, Rotorua, Wellington, and two local-based players – a former Queen Victoria School student and one from Natabua High School in Lautoka

“The inclusion of Hong Kong youth who are here for the first time and Wesley Fijian is testament to the success this tournament has reached in attracting overseas teams.

“Wesley Fijian and Hong Kong have topped their pools and tomorrow (today) will see the tournament getting tougher as teams go to the finals and also the start of the Crest Na Iri Women’s tournament.

Results yesterday: Malolo defeated Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 19-0 to finish second place in Pool F, Ra Barbarians defeated Nailaga 12-5, Kissip Investment Wesley Fijian beat Cuvu Marine 33-0 to finish on top of Pool F undefeated, First Light Taveuni defeated Ratu Kadavulevu School 17-14 to secure top spot in Pool D, Hong Kong Youth defeated Northern Spirit 28-14 giving the visitors top spot in Pool E, Cuvu Blues Youth defeated Exotic Travel Fiji Nasaunivalu 26-7. That’s the Blues first win of the day, leaving Nasaunivalu without a victory, Rugby Academy (Fiji) 2 def Dratabu 7-0, Togobula def Ratu Filise Youth 12-10, Malolo def Cuvu Marine 10-5, Northern Spirit def Rugby Academy Barbarians 21-5, Rugby Academy (Fiji) 1 wbd over Yasawa Youth, Kings 7s 29-5 Skylink Natabua Beez, champion Tuva Youth has three wins to top Pool A and into the quarter-finals today, Top of Form. Tuva Youth 28-5 Lomavata Kangaroos, Kissip Investment Wesley Fijian beat Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 27-5, Hong Kong Youth 31-7 Nailaga 31-7. Cuvu Blues Youth 15-12 RKS, Rugby Academy (Fiji) 1 29-0 Ravuka Sharks, Togobula 7-5 Lomovata Kangaroos, Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 7-5 Cuvu Marine,Tuva Youth 36-0 Ratu Filise Youth, KISSIP Investment Wesley Fijian 12 – 0 Malolo 12-0, Nailaga 7-5 Northern Spirit, Hong Kong Youth 39-7 Ra Barbarians, Exotic Travel Fiji Nasaunivalu 7-17 RKS, First Light Taveuni 12 – 7 Cuvu Blues Youth, Rugby Academy (Fiji) 1 21-7 Davetalevu, Kings7s Select def Dratabu 12-7, Ravuka Sharks wbd over Pac Island Air Vasawa Youth, Rugby Academy (Fiji) 2 28-7 Skylink Natabua Beez.

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