Marist claims the cup at FATS U20’s Tournament

By Sina Sevaaetasi ,

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CUP WINNERS: Marist St. Joseph celebrating their victory with the cup.

CUP WINNERS: Marist St. Joseph celebrating their victory with the cup. (Photo: Marist Facebook )

Marist  takes the cup at Rugby Academy Samoa’s Fat’s U20’s Tournament,  Yesterday, Marist clinched the win against Falefa with an end score of 17-16 .

The pitch at St. Joseph’s College in Alafua was full of supporters who looked on eagerly to bear witness to the head on collision of two very evenly matched teams.  

Both teams were neck and neck the entire match, neither unable to retain the lead for very long.  

But it was Marist’ powerful forward back that blazed the trail for their team to be led to victory.  One forward in particular, no. 8 Mikaele Tapili, had an outstanding performance on the pitch yesterday. Tapili dominated the match with his height and experience to overcome Falefa. His exceptional performance even caught the eye of  former no. 8 himself, Manu Samoa’s George Stowers.

However, Falefa should not be discounted.  They fought to the very end leaving everything on the pitch and it really could have been any one’s game.  Falefa fought until the last whistle blew and their determination is worth applause.  

Results:

1st: Marist St. Joseph 

2nd: Falefa

3rd. Vailuutai

4th Lalomanu 

The tournament overall was  a success and an intense week for Rugby Academy Samoa.   Not only did R.A.S. run the tournament but also conducted clinics to really improve the development of the players.  

Also, selectors from Rugby Academy Samoa have been closely observing the players over the course of the tournament and are proud to announce the training squad for the Aloha World Sevens 2017.  Congratulations on your selection. 

Training Squad 

Props

Rheita BJ Tofaeono (Marist)

Tevisio Lemo  (Falefa)

Noel Sanft (MArits)

Asomaumau Elika (Vailuutai)

Edward Jr. Williams (Vailuutai)

Tuaniu Tuaniu (Saanapu)

Sosoli Tuigamala (Saanapu)

Brian Tyrell (Marist) 

Richard Olamaleva (Saanapu)

Simeti Turituri (Moataa)

Hookers:

Jonathan Tavita (Vailuutai)

Joe Johnathan (Marist)

Sefo Iosefo (Marist)

Maena Young (Moataa)

Locks: 

Fogalepolo Aipupula (Vailuutai)

Sun Ulula (Vailauutai)

Tito Numia (Saanapu)

Filipo Taofi (Lepa)

Iosefatu Mareko (Marist)

Sanele Williams (Marist)

Arese Poliko (Marist)

Sopo Penisula (Lalomanu)

Miakele Manua (Falefa)

Loose Forwards:

Amelika Amelika (Vailuutai)

Iosua Sousou (Marist)

Joseph Fuimaono (Marist)

Voa Apelu (Lalomanu)

Tekele Faatiga (Marist)

Paul Faalogo (Moataa)

No.8

Mikaele Tapili (Marist)

Pati Iakopo(vailuutai)

Kalepo Tuifua (Moataa)

Fue Jr. Tofaeono (Moataa)

1st Five:

Measala Seumalo (Vailuutai)

Moomoo Falaniko (Falefa)

Avia Ropati (Marist)

James Fiso (Marist)

Ricky Osa (SCOPA)

Wings:

Taunuu Niulevala (Vailuutai)

Legose Iolama (Lalomanu)

Asu Mati (Saanapu)

Momoe Taeoalii (Lepa)

Oilao Anetema (Marist)

Pio Fuiono Paulo (Marist) 

Meauli Matavao (Falefa)

Rauveti Fareti (Vailuutai)

Albert Stanley (SCOPA)

Kelvin Tuiala (SCOPA 

Midfielders: 

Maali Peni (Falefa)

Lalomilo Lalomilo (Falefa) 

Howard Tagoai (Vailuutai)

Sakaio Sakaio (Vailuutai)

Vavae Paulia (Saanapu)

Albert Kwan (Marist)

Molilaau Lio (Marist)

Neval Maota (Lalomanu)

Faasua Poalaga (Lepa)

Halfbacks:

Richard Kingsland (Saanapu)

Vaimoli Togia (Falefa)

Safeni Lauina (Vailuutai)

Poni Puleiola (Marist)

Fullbacks:

Emani Peniamina (Vailuutai)

Toa Faitui (Lalomanu)

Marcus Sio (Lalomanu)

Dave Puleiala (Marist)

Andrew Wulf (Marist )

Paul Scanlan (Moataa)

Papu Wulf (SCOPA)

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