Some of the highlights from yesterday’s matches. Photo: Aufa'u Areta Areta

Lefaga through to quarterfinals after entertaining Marist Sevens Day One

Lefaga are through to the quarterfinals of the Marist International Sevens Tournament on points difference, with their 26-10 win over SCOPA enough to see them advance as the top team in Pool 8. They stole the show through the first round of play, with a 26-10 upset win over SCOPA and their three Fijian imports; Pio Tuwai, Nacanieli Batina and Joeli Lutumailagi.

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Vaiala and Manu Samoa 7s playmaker Alatasi Tupou is helped from the field by Red Cross volunteers during their 17-5 win over Moata’a.

Tupou injury cloud casts shadow over Vaiala-Moata’a classic

Vaiala and Moata’a played out the latest clash in their storied rivalry at the Marist International Sevens Tournament yesterday, with Vaiala taking the honours 17-5 to finish top of Pool 3 and book a quarterfinal clash with Tama Uli Salelologa.

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AVA CEREMONY: Members of the diplomatic community join Tournament officials, Samoa Rugby Union executives and players to start official programme.

Ava ceremony marks Vailima Marist International Sevens

A traditional Samoan ava ceremony was held in Apia yesterday to signal the start of the Vailima Marist International Sevens official programme.

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Christchurch Women’s Rugby Sevens players with Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio at the ACP Marist Stadium in Lotopa.

Christchurch excited for Marist Sevens platform

The Christchurch Women’s Rugby Club is ready to tackle a tough pool at their first ever Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament this week.

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Sui Pauaraisa (front right) and the Christchurch Women’s Rugby team attended mass at Mulivai Cathedral.

Pauaraisa: “Unreal” to bring Christchurch team to Samoa

Manusina captain and Kiwi Fern Sui Pauaraisa still can’t believe she has brought her Christchurch Women’s Rugby team to Samoa for the Vailima Marist International Sevens this week.

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Samoa Badminton Federation, Samoan Junior Badminton players from left: Charles Iamanu, Jasmine Reti,(Juniors Captain) Chris Peti, Fofoga Reti and Aukuso Seu, all from Savaia, Lefaga.

Oceania Badminton Championships begin

Samoa’s first matches at the 2019 Victor Oceania Badminton Championships in Melbourne, Australia get under way today.

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IN ACTION: Teams competing at the second round of the Vailima Fantastic 4 rugby league 9s competition.

Fantasic 4 rugby league continues

The second round of the Vailima Fantastic 4 rugby league 9s competition was held at the LDS College field in Pesega yesterday.

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Tournament director Fata Brian Kaio and the President of the Marist Sports Club, Faimalo Mathew Lemisio.

Marist Sevens draw creates dramatic Day One matchups

Yesterday’s draw for the Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament has thrown up some intriguing clashes for the pool stage on Day One this Friday.

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A FIRST FOR SAMOA: A look at some plays during the first ever women’s open rugby league trials in Samoa at the Vailima Fantastic 4 series.

Women’s rugby league trials a first in Samoa

The first ever women’s open rugby league trials in Samoa were held yesterday as part of the Vailima Fantastic 4 series.

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(L-R) Samoa Breweries Limited national sales manager Aumua George Avia, Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio and Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament director Fata Brian Kaio.

Vailima naming sponsor for Marist Sevens

Vailima was announced as the naming sponsor for the Marist International Sevens tournament yesterday, after an agreement was reached between Samoa Breweries Limited and the Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club.

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Siblings Prince and Lote Lima.

Lima siblings headed to Touch World Cup together

Siblings Lote and Prince Lima said it means a lot to them to both be going to Malaysia in April to represent Samoa at the Touch World Cup.

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Ace Hardware - Rainbow Touch Champions.

ACE Hardware undefeated at touch a rainbow one-dayer

The Samoa Touch Rugby Inc. hosted the Touch a Rainbow Social Grade Touch Tournament on Saturday 2nd February at the St Joseph’s College fields at Alafua. The social grade tournament was a great success with 10 teams vying for the title.

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Chandé Lutu-Drabble of American Samoa enjoyed her first Super Bowl away from home at the Travellers Point watch party.

Super Bowl watch party draws locals and expats alike

For the first time ever, lifelong American football fan Chandé Lutu-Drabble of American Samoa watched the Super Bowl in a foreign country.

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Rejoice Malaitai.

National touch player perseveres through struggles

Rejoice Malaitai (26) of Tanumapua was shocked to be named in the Samoan open women’s team for the Touch World Cup in Malaysia in April and May.

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Tupapa’s Jared Colligan wins a header.

Kiwi FC still alive in Oceania Champions League

Samoan outfit Kiwi FC and their Pacific cousins Pago Youth both needed victory to stay in the hunt for one of the two remaining qualifying spots up for grabs as they lined up to face each other in the opening encounter on Match Day 2 of the tournament.

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Men’s touch squad selected for World Cup. Photo: Samoa Touch

Men’s touch squad selected for World Cup

The Samoan open men’s touch squad for the 2019 FIT World Cup in Malaysia in late April was selected yesterday after weeks of training and fitness testing.

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Marist Sevens officially launched. Photo: Misiona Simo

Marist Sevens officially launched

The 31st Marist International Sevens was launched last night by the Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. 

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Samoa Sailing Association sports competition manager Paul Davies said it was also hoped sailing could take place opposite the Yacht Club at Mulinu’u, however that area was considered too small.

Underwater wreckage prompts shift in sailing/va’a venue for Pacific Games

The sailing and va’a venue for the Pacific Games was changed to Mulifanua where the Sheraton/Aggie Grey’s resort is because of wreckage left submerged or partly submerged in Vaiusu Bay, which would have otherwise been an “ideal area” to host the events.

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Canberra Raiders' Sam Williams, left, and Joey Leilua react during a Round 22 NRL rugby match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Australian rugby league team proud of Huawei sponsorship

An Australian rugby league team wants to continue Huawei's longest-ever sports sponsorship despite the Chinese communication giant's ban from Australia's 5G networks and legal wrangle with the United States.

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Rugby League Samoa President with Vailima representative together with the four selected elite team captains.

Rugby League Samoa launches new tournament

Rugby League Samoa has kicked off 2019 by officially launching a new tournament last night – Fantastic Four 9’s Series 2019.

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Rugby

Tabadamu triumph at Marist Sevens

Fijian club Tabadamu won the Marist International Sevens Tournament today, taking the Tupua Fred Wetzell Trophy after a 22 - 10 win over Tama Uli Salelologa in the final. 

Boxing

Jai Opetaia gives back through boxing clinic

Samoan-Australian champion boxer, Jai Opetaia, gave back to the community by giving a boxing lesson yesterday for the kids at Inga’s Gym, Sinamoga. “Today is about the kids,” he said. “We’re just coming here to have training with the kids and have a laugh and enjoy so it’s actually exciting for them to see what we got for them in the bag.”

NFL

New England Patriots' David Andrews (60) picks up Tom Brady (12) after the Patriots scored a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever

Super it wasn't — until the drive that won New England its record-tying sixth Super Bowl.

Football

Kiwi FC leave the field after their 9-1 win over Lotoha’apai United in the Cook Islands.

Kiwi FC back into training having advanced in Champions League

Kiwi FC had their first session back at training yesterday having returned from a successful trip to the Cook Islands for the OFC Champions League qualifying tournament.

Basketball

Phoenix Suns guard Mike James (55) in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, in Phoenix.

US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him

American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.

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