In high spirits

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu | Thursday, January 25, 2018
While the Gold Coast proved to be a happy hunting ground, Sydney has not been that kind to our 7s team.
New kid on the block ... Apete Daveta during the Fiji Airways 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU
New kid on the block ... Apete Daveta during the Fiji Airways 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

After a disappointing first leg outing and sitting on third on the WRSS points table, our boys left our shores for the Sydney 7s. The boys were in high spirits as they were farewelled by loved ones.

Vasikali Mudu, Apete Daveta and Alosio Naduva look set to make their debut on the circuit. The three could prove to be Baber's trump card.

Naduva captained our 7s team to the Pacific Mini Games while Mudu and Daveta had a successful outing with the Fiji Airways Drua side.

Daveta, who hails from Nadroumai village, the home of the traditional healing clan, has a lot to offer to our team. He is quick and aggressive in defence.

Mudu, who hails from Naitasiri, was part of the Rt. Navula outfit that beat QVS in the U18 Deans final, and has been a vital member of the Nadroga side. Naduva is renowned for his speed and ferocious defence and has been part of Army's success. Together with these three, we have our stylish playmakers in Nacuqu, Jerry and Nasilasila and speed in Sau and Nasoko.

Upfront we have capable players in Kunavula, Paula, Josua, Jasa and Sevu. Combine the 12 players and we have what I reckon, the team to beat. Baber needs to address discipline, team work, defence, one on one tackles, communication and psyche the players well.

He must invite referees to talk to the boys just as Ben Ryan did. Finally, my best wishes to Makaba and Lalakobau as they prepare to cover the Sydney 7s via our No.1 newspaper.

Toso Viti!

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