SWEET VICTORY: Bond University celebrate after a 26-12 win over Fiji Tabadamu in the final of the Byron Bay Rugby Sevens.
SWEET VICTORY: Bond University celebrate after a 26-12 win over Fiji Tabadamu in the final of the Byron Bay Rugby Sevens. Mitchell Craig

Favourites fall over at Byron sevens

SHARP attack and a solid defensive effort paved the way for Bond University in a 26-12 win over Fiji Tabadamu in the final of the Byron Bay Rugby Sevens carnival.

The Fijian side were favourites coming into the competition, having won the tournament undefeated when they last played in it two years ago.

The teams met in a 12-all draw in the first game on Saturday with the Gold Coast-based Bond University stepping up a gear on the finals day.

"It was always going to be about defence in the final especially with the amount of (attacking) flair the Fijian guys have,” coach Josh Fuimaono said.

"I thought Josh Walker and Hayden Sargeant really led the way for us today.

"We're rebuilding our sevens program and it's a pretty special effort from where we've come from.

"We only got the team together over the past couple of weeks but it's been a bit of a journey.

"This is probably it for us because we missed the deadline for the big Central Coast tournament.

"Knowing that, it made this one something we really wanted to focus on and finish the season on a high.”

Numbers were down this year with the carnival clashing with the popular Noosa Sevens on the Sunshine Coast.

Six teams took part in the top division with Far North Coast Kyogle putting on a brave effort after an error saw them registered among the top six.

Wet weather played a part on Saturday with former Lismore front-rower Keith Morris and a handful of other players electing to play the afternoon games in Speedos.

Twenty teams took part in the social division with Lennox Head beating the Sunnybank Development team in the final.

The Trojans had a slow start Saturday but had plenty of talent with the likes of Zac Beecher, Dan Boardman and Michael Dwane in the team.

They improved even more on Sunday with the addition of speedster Lachlan Creagh and Riley Wilson who was outstanding in the final.

Tournament regulars Deadwood won the final of the other men's division against Scone.

It included coach Paul Jeffery and Lismore fullback Mitchell Krause who scored seven tries in the final two games. Sunnybank had a dominant 29-0 win over Sydney University in the women's final .



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