Elite separate themselves as Super 9 finals approach
With three weeks left in the P.P.S. Super 9 round robin, the semifinalists for the Senior A competition appear close to decided.
The Eels, Chiefs, Navigators and Vikings have all accumulated over 20 competition points, with their closest rivals the Faleata Knights ten behind on 11.
There will be plenty of jostling for position at the top over the last few rounds though, with the first and second-placed Eels and Chiefs matching up next week, and the Vikings in fourth holding a game in hand over all the teams above them.
Eels fullback Malu Falaniko is the competition's leading points scorer with 91, well ahead of Chiefs second five Joyner Key on 67.
Falaniko's five tries are also the most in Senior A Super 9, with Chiefs wing Larry Mitivao on four.
|SENIOR A||Points||P||W||D||L||4 tries||<7 loss||F||A||PD|
- 1st: Malu Falaniko (Eels) - 91
- 2nd: Joyner Key (Chiefs) - 67
- 3rd: Kalolo Lepou (Vikings) - 41
- 4th: Togipo Iamanu (Tornadoes) - 36
- 5th: Papu Vaai Wulf (Navigators) - 35
- 1st: Malu Falaniko (Eels) - 5
- 2nd: Larry Mitivao (Chiefs) - 4
- 3rd=: 12 players - 3
The Eels, Chiefs and Navigators are also in first, second and third place in the Under 20s division, with the fourth semifinal place hotly contested.
The Legends, Vikings and Eagles are separated by just three points in fourth, fifth and sixth, with the Eagles set to play the Vikings next week and the Legends the week after.
Vikings fullback Peter Iese leads all U20 scorers with 55 points, just four ahead of the Eels' Andrew Wulf.
Baby Eagle Elia Tuumatavai and Vaaiga Trevor Moefaauo of the Chiefs are equal top tryscorers with six each.
|UNDER 20s||Points||P||W||D||L||4 tries||<7 loss||F||A||PD|
- 1st: Peter Iese (Vikings) - 55
- 2nd: Andrew Wulf (Eels) - 51
- 3rd: Faafoi Falaniko (Legends) - 37
- 4th: PK Talosaga (Chiefs) - 32
- 5th: Troy Rimoni (Navigators) - 31
- 1st=: Elia Tuumatavai (Eagles) and Vaaiga Trevor Moefaauo (Chiefs) - 6
- 3rd=: Faaliliu Laititi Mitivao (Chiefs), Fuli Faafouina (Navigators) and Anthony Tamilo (Eels) - 5