CRU 7s team upbeat


CAPITAL Rugby Union (CRU) say they will look to improve their position in the standings in round two of the Kumul Petroleum Papua New Guinea Rugby Union Super Sevens Series this week.
CRU beat Bougainville 17-12 to claim bronze in the opening round at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in Port Moresby on Sunday.
“Our men’s team did pretty well in the first weekend of the tournament,” CRU coach Frank Gabi told The National yesterday.
“It was the first time for the boys to play together as a team, and I was pleased with their performance.
“I was happy for captain Eliud Hosea – he was great in defence.
“He put on some big hits and kept the team on the front foot.
“Derrick Voku was outstanding in defence and attack.
“Other players who stood out were Jezreel Waking, Emil Latumahina and Allan Takera.
“Takera came off the bench for the whole weekend, but he made a huge impact.
“One special player who I’d like to make mention of is, Mhustapha Goena.
“He has all the traits to be one of the best sevens players in the country.
“Mhustapha always has a cool head.” Gabi said his men would continue to train hard all week.
“We want to improve our position (in the standings) this weekend,” he said.
“We need to be a bit sharper in our set pieces and attack, so that is our main focus during training this week.”
Meanwhile, Morobe Hammerheads were crowned as champions of the opening round after they beat Kimbe Rebels 21-15 in the gold playoff on Sunday.