Chris Johnston Associates Ama Tsotsi were crowned as the inaugural Cable & Wireless summer sevens series of Rugby champions on Saturday with a win over the Don Fosters Dive Iguanas in the final of the fifth leg of the series that has run over six months. Ama Tsotsi overcame a determined Iguanas to win by 25 – 20 in Saturdays blistering final giving Ama Tsotsi four tournament wins out of a possible five. In the Social division the Ancients managed to hold off a strong performance from the Maples and Calder National Sevens Academy to win it’s second tournament win and with it the series.
Union President Derek Haines is delighted with the progress of the sevens programs.
‘The addition of the Cable & Wireless summer sevens series to our calendar has been a huge boost to developing our national sevens game,’ said Haines. ‘Add to the tournament the sponsorship of our National sevens team by Cable and Wireless as well as the National Sevens Academy sponsorship by Maples and Calder and we now have an excellent platform to develop world class sevens players. Without a doubt the level of sevens play has improved immensely over the past six months. We have had six of our Maples and Calder Academy players in Fiji for six weeks, of course Fijian Venassio Tokatokavanua here for six months and as many as twenty sevens games for each of the teams entered into the Cable and Wireless sevens this season.
‘The upshot of all of this should be an improved performance in the NAWIRA championships in Barbados in November when we will match up against the best sevens sides in the Caribbean and North America. We finished in seventh spot last year from fourteen teams, we will definitely be aiming for a top three place this year.’