Pools set for final leg of Frankie Savaii 7’s
The pools are set for the final Leg of the Frankie Savaii 7’s this Saturday, 2nd February 2019 at Don Bosco Field, Salelologa. Last week’s Cup Champions, Iva White Lions are top seeds in Pool A and will play Plate Winners Faga, Rock Select from Papa, Puleia and Barbarians of Asau.
The Samoa Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit Champions, Frankies Tama Uli leads Pool B with Evaeva, Sapapalii and Vikings Development.
Maroons of Lalomalava Top Seeds for Pool C with Federal Pacific Insurance Fogapoa, Salelavalu and Iva White Lions development team.
In Pool D, Lupe Siliva will have to contest with Plate Runner-up from last week, Frankie Salelologa, Moana Rentals Safotu and Salelavalu’s development team, Fetu ole Ava.
“If you look at the pools, all teams are eager to win. The top four teams are not far away from other teams and looking forward to few upsets this weekend and some exciting rugby from all teams.” stated President of Fa’asaleleaga Rugby Union, Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun.
The Reverend Tonu Mauafu coached Iva White Lions are confident having defeated Frankie Tama Uli in the Cup Final last weekend. “We have been training well this week and we are looking forward to the final leg. Both our main and development teams are keen to end the last leg on a high note.”
Newcomers, Rock Select will try and cause few upsets in pool play and according to Team Manager, Alama Huch Pago they are ready to compete. “We have been training for the past four weeks but due to financial constraints we couldn’t compete in the opening rounds. We want to come this week and give it a go and hopefully cause a few upsets to some of the teams competing”.
The Frankie Tama Uli is also confident as they prepare for the final leg of the Frankie Savaii 7’s. “We are trying our best to build depth in our squad, we have few of our key players injured and hoping they will recover in time for the final leg”. said Head Coach Matamua Junior Salima.
The National Champions has been competing without some of the key players due to national selection and also the high toll injuries faced by the team. “We have been preparing well this week and we have one aim come Saturday and that is to win and win to build our confidence heading to the Marist Samoa International Sevens. We will be using this Saturday’s tournament to work on a few combinations to take to Upolu for Samoa’s Premier 7’s tournament.
Maroons Skipper, Maene Tofilau is warning other teams not to underestimate his team as they have been training well this week and hoping things will work out for them. “We came close in the past two rounds and we have been working this week to improve and secure a Cup final appearance this week.
I hope other teams won’t look down on us and we are confident we can win” The Maroon boys will have to work hard in pool play to consider a Cup semifinal appearance as Federal Pacific Insurance Fogapoa is also hungry for a win. “We came last week and fell short in the Cup Quarters and we want to make sure we won’t repeat the same mistakes that cost us a win” says Head Coach, Namulauulu ....
The final Leg of the Frankie Savaii 7s will be played at the Don Bosco Field, Salelologa this coming Saturday. The tournament will feature 16 teams. The Frankie Company Ltd sponsored tournament is organized by the Fa’asaleleaga Rugby Union and all part of building teams in Savaii as they commenced its domestic rugby competition.
The Fa’asaleleaga Rugby Union wishes to acknowledge the support from Frankie and Wife, Pitovaomanaia and Management, and also the support from Tofilau Fiti and Aumua Leung Wai and SSAB, Namulauulu Sami Leota and Federal Pacific Insurance and also Leatigaga Peni Tofa and Apia Lua Contractors. Without the support from those companies, the Union won’t be able to host the Frankie Savaii Sevens Tournament 2019.