Rugby battle

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Friday, January 19, 2018
The sight and excitement in Sigatoka Town on Wednesday was a joy to watch. Thousands of fans joined the town corridors to welcome players and guests to the 2018 Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7s.

All Blacks 7s legend DJ Forbes, who looked elegant in his beard, green bula shirt and black sulu, took the honours unveiling his Rugby Town Walk of Fame plaque and now joins the likes of 7s gem Serevi, Wallabies in Tuqiri, Gregan and Campese and the late speed merchant Jonah Lomu.

Even top referee Rasta took time to be part of the march. Since its inception the Coral Coast 7s has grown into a classic tournament and has produced players who have donned the national jumper and made a name and mark in the WRSS.

The journey to victory will not be easy for teams as was seen last year when an unknown team from the Garden Island, inspired by their deep belief and patriotic fans, who painted Lawaqa Park green, took honours. I am counting on Henibua, Suva Stallions, Tovolea and Cross of Victory to pose threats to giants like Saunaka, Rt. Filise, Wardens, Daveta and Police.

It's going to be tough and players will impress Baber to grab the spots available for the second leg of the WRSS.

Saunaka will be hot favourites as the side boasts big names in Tuwai, Dakuwaqa, Taliga and Ravouvou. In addition, rugby fans are in for champagne rugby as they discover the passion of 7s rugby in the rugby crazy town.

The buildup to the tournament has been great and come Saturday the best will be crowned the champion. Jay Whyte, Mana Whey, Crest Chicken and Uprising Resort must be commended for bringing quality rugby to Sigatoka.

My best wishes to all the teams and may the best team win!

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