Falevao take Shield in Week three of Atua I Saute rugby
The opening match for the third week of the Atua I Saute Competition saw Falevao U20 regrouping after the loss of the Cup last week, with a 13 – 5 win over Saleapaga.
Both teams scored one try each through Tauese Lolofie of Saleapaga and Farane Ah Sam of Falevao, but the boot of Wayne Tiuga with a conversion and two penalties proved to be the winning difference.
The second game between Saleapaga Senior A and Lepa was closely fought with the lead changing several times before both teams levelled at 18 at the 75th minute. A mistake by Saleapaga gave William Lifaloa the penalty kick which he converted for the final score of Lepa 21 to Saleapaga 18.
Samoa A and Atua Legends players Setu Sikoti and John Asafo of Lepa put on strong performances.
In the Under 20 Cup match, the blistering heat and burning sun tested the physical stamina of both teams, Lepa and Aufaga, who were evenly matched.
The holders Lepa withstood a strong challenge from Aufaga with both teams drawing nil all at the final whistle. Kolisi Laumua of Lepa received the Best Player Award sponsored by Stuis Bar.
In the main game of the day, Falevao Senior A took on the 2018 champions Aufaga in an exciting game combining both strong foraging forward plays and solid backline moves. At the end of the match, marred by a number of foul plays, the shield was handed over to Falevao.
Strong contingencies from all villages witnessed the games and enjoyed a day at the rugby. Next week’s games, Saleapaga will challenge for both the Under 20 Cup and the Shield.
Saleapaga 5 - 13 Falevao
Aufaga 0 - 0 Lepa (Lepa retain Cup)
Saleapaga 18 - 21 Lepa
Falevao 6 - 3 Aufaga (Falevao win Shield)
Fixtures for 9/2/19: U20
Saleapaga - Lepa (Cup challenge)
Aufaga - Falevao
Saleapaga - Falevao (Shield challenge)
Aufaga - Lepa