Police rules 7s battle

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Thanks to Fiji One I was able to watch the delayed coverage of the Mana Whey Coral Coast 7s and I was impressed with what I saw.

The quarters, semis and final lived up to expectation and I must congratulate the Siti Waqa-captained Blues outfit for taking out top honours when the dust settled at Lawaqa Park.

The Police side capitalised on mistakes made by First Light Taveuni and took the opportunities that came by. Siti Waqa proved that he had what it needs to make our 7s team and his leadership skills spoke volumes of his character as a leader.

New find and blockbusting Police rover Sakeo Railoa is a player to watch in the future and I hope that Baber will draft the rugged flyer in the extended training squad.

His style of play reminded me of the likes of Ratubuli, Votu and Goneva when they were in the prime of their 7s career and if he can be moulded we should have a lethal finisher come the third leg.

His penetrating runs, dazzling footwork and hat-trick inspired the Blues, who had sacrificed their festive season. The Mana Whey Coral Coast 7s was a hit and the presence of Rasta, Serevi and Forbes raised the profile of the tournament.

I congratulate Tuva Youth and Striders for winning the Uprising Youth 7s and Na Iri Women's 7s respectively. Now that we are days from the Sydney 7s, we must back Baber and our Flying Fijians. The All Blacks, England and team USA have named powerful sides for the second leg.

NZ has recalled Masirewa to team up with fellow Fijians Koroi and Ravouvou, and Baker, Curry, Dickson, Webber and Mikkelson. Coach Laidlaw has also included 18-year-old big and powerful winger Caleb Clark, who joined the squad from Super Rugby pre-season training with the Blues.

England has named an experienced and consistent squad with players such as Bowen, Bibby, Burgess, Davis, Carpentier, Mitchell, Rodwell and Norton.

USA has named a formidable side with the likes of Baker, Barrett, Hughes, Iosefo, Tomasin, Isles, Niua and Pinkelman. The series is getting exciting and tougher and no team is easy and our boys will have to step up the intensity levels as they will be playing in front of a huge crowd.

The excitement is brewing and the Sydney 7s has become the talk around the tanoa. Toso Viti!

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