Police 34 - 7 First Light Taveuni, Lawaqa Park
Police clinched the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens title for the third time after they went on to beat First Light Taveuni 34-7 at Lawaqa Park.
Having previously clinched the title in 2014 and 2016, Police kept the defending champions Taveuni under pressure throughout the game.
Sakeo Railoa, Saimoni Ratuisoa and Belasio Vukiwai scored first half tries for Police as they went took a 17-7 lead at half-time. Railoa went on to complete a hat-trick while Ratuisoa scored a double as Police doubled their lead while First Light Taveuni failed to add any point in the second half.
Police skipper Sitiveni Waqa stated that the team was inspired to put on a good show to give something back to their supporters back home.
“We finished yesterday, went back and we’ve been talking. We made a lot of errors yesterday So we go back, we regroup again," Waqa said. "We told each other today’s the last day so if we go back to Sigatoka we have to take something back home to family who home waiting for us.“
“It means a lot for the team especially for one of our colleagues who passed away last year . Since he has passed away we have not been playing any tournaments, so this win means a lot for us dedicated to him."
Ravuka Sharks claimed their first silverware in Sigatoka with a narrow 12-10 win over Wardens in the Plate. Meanwhile, two sponsor teams - Shangri-La and Outrigger - also took home their share of the $70,000 in prizemoney.
Former New Zealand captain DJ Forbes, referee Rasta Rasivhenge, Olympic-winning coach Ben Ryan and the King of Sevens Waisale Serevi was also present at the event witnessing the competition.
“It is one of the best tournaments I’ve ever seen, well organised, games were so exciting right through from the first pool game through to the finals, Serevi said. "We now cannot predict which teams will win the tournament. The pool games is like quarter finals and semi finals standard. It’s getting tougher stronger and more exciting to watch."