Saturday 25 April 2015

Radrobro provides spark for Daveta to take glory

Daveta 36 Vancouver 12

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

Munster's Ned Hodson is stopped in his tracks during his side's Limerick World Club 7s clash with the Vodacom Blue Bulls. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie
Munster's Ned Hodson is stopped in his tracks during his side's Limerick World Club 7s clash with the Vodacom Blue Bulls. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

Despite finishing third in their pool and qualifying as the seventh of eight seeds, Fijian outfit Daveta were crowned inaugural Limerick World Club 7s champions at Thomond Park yesterday.

In many ways it was fitting that the two crowd favourites competed in the cup final, but Vancouver, who excited from start to finish, were no match for Daveta, who found their form.

The Canadian side started the brighter of the two.

And much to the delight of the crowd, they took an early lead when Justin Douglas raced over for a brilliant individual try. Sean White converted for an early 7-0 lead, but that gave Daveta the wake-up call they needed.

Edemasi Radrobro scored two tries in quick succession, both of which were converted by Emendoni Nasilasila, while Levani Tani dotted down on the stroke of half-time for a 19-7 lead.

There was no let-up in the second half from the Fijian side as Tani, Luire Navuwai and Uwaisi Sauvocia added further tries as well as a Nasilasila conversion.

Jake Webster did add a consolation try for Vancouver right at the death, but it was Daveta who deservedly claimed the honours.

Meanwhile, Australian Super 15 outfit Waratahs saw off Saracens (24-19) to win the Shield.

Carlin Isles couldn't inspire New York in the Plate final as the American side were well beaten (38-5) by a Moscow Saracens team who played an excellent brand of rugby all weekend.

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