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4 November 2017, Singapore ­- Mighty Daveta from Fiji lived up to its billing of tournament favorite by winning all three of its Pool matches in convincing fashion in the prestigious Ablitt Cup at Asia¹s longest running international club rugby sevens tournament – the 70th Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens (SCC7s) – held on the Padang.

The six-time champions were determined not to repeat last year¹s Ablitt Cup campaign where they suffered a shock early exit after losses to England Academy and Sunnybank of Australia in the pool stages, despite fielding a team with several Rio Olympics champions.

This year¹s team, a mix of veterans and newcomers from various villages in the South Pacific nation, won Pool A easily with three wins out of three, scoring 16 tries in total and conceding just one. The Fijian side crushed Swedish Vikings 42-0 in their opening Pool match, swept aside Cottesloe 43-0 and ended the day by beating Hong Kong Dragons 17-5.

We are relieved to beat Hong Kong as we believed that they are the danger team in this tournament, said captain Sakiusa Gavidi, a regular in the Daveta team since 2010 and has won the Ablitt Cup twice in 2011 and 2012. We ended on a high note today but we will have to be at our best in the knock-out stages. We cannot rule out teams like France who has some quick and physical players too.

Daveta’s Timoci Tavuto scores against Hong Kong

Over in Pool B, the France Development Team, which finished third last year, also ended the day undefeated. The French side opened their campaign with a 26-0 win over Palmyra from Perth Australia before claiming a hard-fought win over host side Singapore Cricket Club 21-14. In the deciding Pool B match, France Development Team overcame Tribe 7 from Australia 14-12 in a thrilling match to set up a quarterfinal clash with Pool C winners Causarina Cougars.

Our aim today was to top our Pool and the team worked very hard to win all three matches.² said captain Hecquet Thomas. Tomorrow¹s first match (against Casuarina Cougars) will be important. If we can recover well tonight and win this quarterfinal match, I think we will go all the way to the Final. Fiji is the obvious favourite in this tournament but we are here to win the Ablitt Cup too. We might not be the biggest team but if we work well as a team, anything is possible in Sevens rugby.²

Australian side Casuarina was the third team to finish the day undefeated after winning Pool C with wins over Tamariva (26-14), East Arnhem (43-7) and Singapore Barbarians (53-5). In the other quarterfinals, Pool C runner-up Tamariva will meet Pool A winner Daveta, Tribe 7 is up against Swedish Vikings and Pool A runner-up Hong Kong Dragons faces Palmyra.

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