Police shut out Tabadamu 17-0 to win their fourth McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens in Sigatoka.
The defending champion mastered the wet conditions at Lawaqa Park with tries to Rusiate Matai, Necani Nawaqadau and Filipe Sauturaga with Sauturaga named Campese-Serevi Medal Winner as Player of the Tournament, sponsored by Sigatoka River Safari.
Earlier in the tournament Fijiana Development defeated Marist Seahawks 22-5 after wins over two USA invitation teams – Scion Woo and Stars USA – in the knockout stages of the Outrigger Beach Resort Women’s tournament.
Meanwhile, Tuva Youth splashed their way to a 10-0 over Ratu Filise in the final of the Shangri-La Youth division.
After a mix of weather during the week, the heavens opened mid-afternoon on Saturday causing havoc for the playoff matches.
In the showpiece “i-wau” trophy match in the spiritual home of Sevens, first-time finalists Tabadamu made several handling errors against the experienced lawmen.
Police, who previously won the title in 2014 and 2016 as well as 2018, eased into the final with a 22-7 win over the visiting Australian Development team after overcoming Coastal Brothers 12-7 in the quarter final.
Simon Kennewell, Jeral Skelton and Sam Myers were the best-known of the Aussies who lost their opening game but bounced back to make the last four and gain valuable experience ahead of the remainder of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Tabadamu edged Ratu Filise 7-5 in the semi final having comfortably beaten Stars USA, the other overseas team in the last eight, 26-7.
Earlier, Ratu Filise eliminated former champions First Light Taveuni 17-12 however there was some consolation for the Garden Island as they beat Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 15-10 to win the Plate
In its ninth year, Fiji’s only global tournament featured 44 teams and again attracted rugby stars including Bryan Habana who was inducted onto the ‘Rugbytown’ Walk of Fame in Sigatoka.
Also attending was the King of Sevens, Waisale Serevi, international referees and the Hong Kong men’s and women’s national teams seeking further experience in this Olympic qualifying season.
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Cup: Police 17 Tabadamu 0
Plate: First Light Taveuni 15 Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 10
Bowl: NFA 12 Dratabu 10
Shield: BLK 17 Suva Stallions 15