ISLAND WARRIORS: Brisbane Fiji defenders (in blue) close in on a Bulldogs player in the final yesterday. INSET: A Tackle Me Pin
ISLAND WARRIORS: Brisbane Fiji defenders (in blue) close in on a Bulldogs player in the final yesterday. INSET: A Tackle Me Pin

Fijians win at Byron Bay

By Steve Spinks

WHILE Lote Tuqiri was ruing Australia's loss in last weekend's quarter-final Rugby World Cup match against England, younger cousin Elia was gracing the fields at Byron Bay yesterday.

Elia Tuqiri, an Australian Sevens representative, played the lead role in Brisbane Fiji's 31-26 victory over the Bulldogs, of Wellington, New Zealand, in the final of the men's A-grade competition.

Tuqiri led the team with aplomb, directing play as the roving fullback.

The win was greeted with massive cheers from the predominately Fijian crowd that partied like it was a World Cup.

You could only imagine the scenes in Fiji if the Fijian national team had actually toppled South Africa last weekend at the Rugby World Cup.

Brisbane Fiji won $3000 for claiming first prize.

Meanwhile, the action was torrid in the women's A-grade final.

The Dream Girls, of New Zealand, proved way too strong for Tackle Me Pink, representing the University of Newcastle, 34-7.



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