Yasawa dominates Babale to claim first 7s title
22 October, 2016, 12:00 am
THE Newnet Yasawa 7s team has secured its first 7s title of the new 7s season defeating Babale 19- 0 in the final of the Turnbull Mamanuca 7s held at Mamanuca Primary School grounds yesterday.
The reigning Marist 7s champion defeated Sigatoka Bull 21-0 in the semi-final while their fellow Yasawans the Babale team upset Yamacia 5-0 in the second semi-final.
The tournament also saw the birth of new 7s star Kalioni Nasoko who was named the player of the tournament.
Nasoko, who manned the rover’s position for the Yasawa side displayed wonderful 7s talent. He was involved in the thick and thin for his team displaying sheer pace and brutal strength needed in the position.
The 25-year-old scored a solo effort try in the final when he tackled his opponent and ripped the ball and race away 40 metres untouched.
He also played a part in the other two tries.
Yasawa coach Eroni Seru congratulated his troops for their effort and also praised Nasoko’s performance.
He said the win had set the platform for their 7s campaign this year.
“I thank the boys for their effort and we thank the Almighty God for blessing us with this victory,” said Seru.
“As for Nasoko, he played extremely well and deserved the best player award.”
Seru said the challenge for the team was to maintain consistency.
Tournament official Mesake Ravaga said the event was a success and thanked all teams that participated at the two-day event.
He said the competition level had improved to another level especially with the participation of many teams from the mainland.
The Yasawa side collected $3500 while Babale walked away with the $1000.
Semi-finalists Yamacia and Sigatoka Bull also received $600 each.
Meanwhile, Draulu defeated Vunaivi 10-5 to win the plate final and $400.