Wardens claim Uprising Fiji 7s title
22 January, 2012
Wardens walked away $25,000 richer on Saturday afternoon after defeating the Warriors 31-26 in the Uprising Fiji International 7s cup final. It was a pulsating contest which saw the lead change four times as action whizzed from one end of the field to the other.
With both teams bristling with national representation it was always going to be a tough affair and so it proved. With the Warriors smarting from their 27-14 loss to the Wardens in pool play it was they that got the scoreboard ticking over early. From the opening kick-off Savusavu’s Isimeli Taqea raced away to score untouched with Emosi Vucago nailing the conversion to give the Warriors a 7-nil lead.
But Wardens struck back immediately as former national sprinter Niko Verekauta showed the Warriors defense a clean pair of heels. Though the conversion was missed Wardens claimed the lead when Risiate Tadulala scored in the corner.
However that lead was short lived as tries from Ameniasi Nava and Taqea had the Warrriors firmly in charge at the breather by 21-12.
|The Wardens - winners of the 2012 Uprising Fiji 7s tournament. |
In the second period it was the Wardens who made the best possible start with a try under the posts, and while Taniela Rawaqa briefly extended the Warriors lead with a try of his own shortly after, it was the Wardens pace that eventually saw them run out deserved winners 31-26.
In the days other events Army out lasted the Aussie Thunderbolts by 19-12 in the plate final, while Samurai and Auckland won the Bowl and Shield competitions respectively. In the women’s competition Anhui from China was just pipped in the final 10-7 by Seahawks.