Leifiifi reigns supreme
The Leifiifi College Under-19 Rugby team is the 2018 National Schools Rugby 15s champions.
They proved too good for Zone B champions, Wesley College in the final winning by 21-13 at fulltime.
The Church College of Pesega ground was the place to be yesterday with supporters, students, teachers and rugby teams coming out for the final day of the 2018 National Schools Rugby 15s Championships.
Despite five of their main key players representing Samoa in the Oceania Under-18 Sevens tournament in Australia this weekend, Leifiifi College delivered what was required of them and they did it well.
Both teams came through tough opponents on semi-final stages on Thursday, where Leifiifi College defeated St Joseph’s College 17-15 and Wesley College overcoming Zone A Champions Vaimauga College 16-8.
Leifiifi College Under-19 trailed 6-10 at half time, but managed to get back on their feet in the second spell scoring two tries to seal their victory over Wesley College.
Leifiifi College skipper and second-five, Peter Iese, won the player of the tournament award for the division.
In the women’s 10s, Leulumoega Fou College won the Under-19 after defeating Palauli Sisifo in the final yesterday.
St Joseph’s College claimed the top prizes for both Under-17 and Under-15 boy’s division finals yesterday as well.
The Under-17 final saw St Joseph’s College defeating Safata College 14-10 points, while their Under-15 team defeated Maluafou College by 17-14 at fulltime.
Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, congratulated everyone who contributed to the successful 2018 National Schools Rugby 15s Championships tournament.
He also acknowledged all the players who participated in this year’s tournament despite the bad weather throughout the week.
“On behalf of our Government, I would like to acknowledge and appreciate the work being put in place and everyone who has contributed to this successful event.
“I would also like to thank the Samoa Rugby Union, School Principal Associations, referees and officials because this tournament would not be possible without your assistance.”
Loau also reminded the students and players who participated this year that they are the future of the Manu Samoa.