No Idea win National Sevens opener
The No Idea club won the first leg of the Bluesky National Sevens Series on Saturday having gone undefeated in their three matches.
They beat Aleipata 21-5 in the final after topping Pool A with wins over Apia Maroons and Marist Angels.
Aleipata, who topped Pool B after wins over Lepea and A’ana, struck first in the final.
Pea Asiasiga got the opening try after some strong pick-and-gos to give them and early lead.
But No Idea bounced straight back with some nice passing from the kick-off putting Tafale Roma away to score.
They failed to capitalise on what looked a certain try on halftime, so took a 7-5 lead into the break.
No Idea fullback Soteria Pulumu made all three of her conversions on the day, and scored her side’s second try as well after taking a penalty quickly.
Tournament MVP Precious Fuiono completed the scoring with a runaway try late on.
No Idea coach Filoi Eneliko said the team has a mix of youth and experience:
“There’s quite a few girls from secondary school in my team, and they’re really good.
“That’s the purpose of No Idea… it’s all about development.”
Other players have come back to play for Eneliko after a couple of years at other clubs.
“The skill level is still there [with the experienced girls] but the main problem is the fitness,” she said.
A former Manusina herself, Eneliko said her team haven’t been practicing any moves, and are focusing on the fundamentals like passing and catching.
“Just the basic skils and applying the principles of playing, how to carry the ball forward, how to go into the breakdown.”
She thanked the parents of the players for their support in helping their daughters compete.
The second leg of the series is next Saturday, once again at the S.R.U. H.P.U. fields in Tuana’imato.
Apia Maroons 7-17 No Idea
Apia Maroons 42-5 Marist Angels
No Idea 38-0 Marist Angels
Aleipata 17-0 Lepea
Aleipata 28-5 A’ana
A’ana 0-15 Lepea
5th place playoff
Marist Angels 5-29 A’ana
3rd place playoff
Apia Maroons 22-0 Lepea
No Idea 21-5 Aleipata