Wadigi to bounce back; Bolaca to lead side after Coral Coast 7s disappointment
2 February, 2023, 12:04 pm
The Wadigi Salvo team from Lautoka aims to improve its performance at the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s that starts at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow.
The side was bundled out of the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s by Fire in the main cup quarter-final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last month.
Wadigi Salvo lost 5-24 to Fire and then went down to Kombat Uluinakau 12-42 in the plate semi-finals.
Team manager Apimeleki Nasalo said the boys returned to training last week.
He said the wet conditions during the Coral Coast 7s did not suit their style of play.
“After the Coral Coast 7s, the boys were given a break,” Nasalo said.
“The Nawaka 7s will be different.
“At training, the focus has been on defence. We will try to win the title this weekend.”
Former national 7s rep Napolioni Bolaca will guide the team.
Bolaca was the top points scorer during the 2019-2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The side is in Pool 4 with Coral Coast 7s winners Army Red, Lavidi and Cloudbreak Nabila.
Warden, Nakaiolo, Duibana, Vuda Green
Raiwasa Taveuni, Cagimaira (Nadro), Vadravadra, First Landing
Police Blue, Cooling Down Lau Bros, Wallis & Futuna, Gaunavou (Nadi)
Army Red, Wadigi Salvo, Lavidi, Cloudbreak Nabila
Tabadamu, DXC Barbarians, Nasonini, Nacula
Ratu Filise, DSM Clermont Stallion, Malolo Island Resort, Fiji Development
DXC Dominion Brothers, Jason Reality Nasesevia, Devo Babas, Nawaka White
Fire, Veilomani Combo, Yamacia, Saunaka
Army Green, AJ Pallet Ba River, Veiqaravi Nadroga, Navosa, Muaisigisigi Blues
Police White, Druhacake Investment, Mosi One, Rukunirara
Kombat Uluinakau, McDonald’s Vueti Cakau, Ravuka Sharks, Koroinasau Babaas
Fiji Bitter Nawaka Black, Navala, Plantation Island Resort, Savusavu Rebels.
- Men’s Open – 48 teams
- Women’s Rugby – 8 teams
- U21 – 20 teams
- Fellow Fijians – 4 teams
Registration and participation
- 15 players and three officials who are fully vaccinated.
- Men (Cup winner – $10,000, runner-up $5000)
- Women (winner – $3000, runner-up – $1000)
- U21 (winner – $3000, runner-up – $1000)
- Fellow Fijians (winner – $700, runner-up – $300)
- Prizemoney also available for other categories: Plate, bowl, shield and consolations.
What to expect
Rugby carnival atmosphere, beer parlour, food stalls, entertainment, top rugby 7s action at its best.
Day One: Adults – $7, children aged 6-12 years – $5, children aged five years and below are free.
Day Two: Adults – $10, children aged 6-12 years – $5, children aged five years and below are free.