Missing link

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Thursday, January 18, 2018
He came! He dazzled! He became the crowd favourite! He became an instant hit on FB! His First Light Taveuni team won the Coral Coast 7s last year in style after outclassing Wardens 12-10. Then slowly, he disappeared! But trust me he is the missing link in our backline. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am writing about Taveuni wonderboy Lemeki Tulele.
This mini rubbish dump along Nadawa Rd in Nasinu needs clearing.
 Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
This mini rubbish dump along Nadawa Rd in Nasinu needs clearing. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

So much talk about him last year after the Coral Coast 7s. Fans thought they had seen a new version of Serevi and Ryder in Tulele but then the crafty playmaker could not impress Baber. Wonder what went wrong that our promising playmaker could not shine in the WRSS. Tulele's style of play last year reminded me of our generals in Nabuliwaqa, Roko and Vucago.

Tulele will team up with Eroni Vucago, a product of the John Wesley College rugby academy, and two members of the Fiji 7s extended squad — Abele Turabe and Glen Cakautini in a bid to defend the title the boys from the Garden Island won in style at a jam-packed Lawaqa Park.

I am pleading with our 7s team management to take the challenge of developing Tulele into a star. On the other hand, I am confident that this year's Coral Coast 7s is going to unveil another 7s gem. Furthermore, a big vinaka vakalevu to the tournament founder Jake Whyte and his team for making the entry fee to Lawaqa Park free. Finally, let's welcome our Coral Coast 7s stars with open arms.

Our visitors including ABs 7s legend DJ Forbes, 7s maestro Serevi, Tuqiri and top whistleman Rasta Rasivhenge must enjoy the Fijian hospitality! Cheers!

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