Harlequins show class in city sevens

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The National, Tuesday 02nd April, 2013

HARLEQUINS ensured they should do­minate selection for the Capital Rugby Union (CRU) sevens 20-man squad.
This follows their powerhouse performance to win the one-day tournament on Saturday at the Monier Bava Park.
The Harlies were pushed to the limit by Defence, who held them 24-24 at full-time.
But the Harlies had enough in reserve to score the winner through Desmond Korpok in extra-time to win 29-24.
Filtered with a core of the national sevens team members led by Chris Kakah, Monty Diave, Korpok and Tisa Kautu, the Harlequins were put to the acid test by an inexperienced Defence outfit.
The eye-catching form of Pukpuk development squad reject Libiert Suang was a feature of the day for his Defence club as the former PNG Under-20 representative served notice of his great form.
However, the Harlies, despite heading for certain defeat, ground their way through the efforts of finisher Oswald Gela, Avosa Kaipu and replacement Buckley Joseph to snare the win.
The win for the Harlies is their second over the three weekends that CRU selectors had used to identify potential players to represent Port Moresby on the forthcoming national satellite sevens circuit slated for August.
Spartans had the potential to do the job but their silly errors cost them a potential upset over Harlies in the semi-final.
Rangy Ezra Kautu however looks certain for a call-up with his outstanding form over the three weekends.  
The CRU 15s pre-season will now get under way for the next three weekends.