Rugby: Dragons touted as favourites to dethrone Daveta

Rugby: Dragons touted as favourites to dethrone Daveta
Asia Pacific Dragons captain Pio Tuwai (in red), who conducted a rugby clinic at the Padang yesterday, leads a strong side who are touted as favourites to dethrone Ablitt Cup defending champions Daveta.

Defence will be the focus for newcomers Asia Pacific Dragons as they aim to end defending champions Daveta's two-year stranglehold on the Ablitt Cup.

Captain Pio Tuwai, who has played for the Fiji sevens team, said: "If we want to win the tournament, we have to focus on our defence because the teams taking part are very strong.

"I told the players the main thing for us is defence and good communication on the pitch."

He was speaking at the annual captains meet on Wednesday, ahead of the Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens tournament (SCC 7s) from Friday to Sunday at the Padang.

He was joined by his counterparts from British side Penguins, the France National Development outfit and the SCC.

Twenty teams from 10 countries will be taking part.

The Dragons, who are participating for the first time, are billed as the favourites to topple Fijian side Daveta.

The 2012 Hong Kong Tens winners boast 2006 France Player of the Year Rupeni Caucaunibuca and Samoa's prolific try-scorer Mikaele Pesamino.

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