Auckland Marist reigns supreme at S.I.I. Sevens

By Adel Fruean ,

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Auckland Marist St Joseph Sevens Team.

Auckland Marist St Joseph Sevens Team. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Auckland Marist have done it again.

Having cleaned up the Marist Sevens earlier this year, they continued their dominance by winning the 2018 Samoa Independence International (S.I.I.) Sevens tournament at Apia Park last night. 

Auckland Marist went up against the Ott Transport Vikings in the final

The team from the big island of Savaii tried valiantly but Auckland Marist proved too good in the end to win, 21-7.  Auckland Marist had to overcome Vaiala in the semifinals.

There were 16 men’s teams and six women’s teams invited from Vanuatu, Fiji, American Samoa and New Zealand. 

Ott Transport Vikings team.
Ott Transport Vikings team.
Calliope Reds
Calliope Reds
Taumeasina Island Resort Moataa Rugby Club
Taumeasina Island Resort Moataa Rugby Club
Warriors women’s team.
Warriors women’s team.

For the women’s category, the Warrior’s team claimed the top prize, after they ran through undefeated in their pool matches. 

Apia Maroons came second.

The plate went to Taumeasina Resort Moataa Rugby Club, with the bowl claimed by Ifira Black Bird Rugby Club from Vanuatu. 

The tournament’s organisers brought over former England Sevens captain, Ben Gollings, as Guest of Honour for the tournament.

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