Tama Uli affair in final of Savai'i Sevens
Tama Uli has done it again. But this time, it was the SSAB Tama Uli Red that secured the title of the second leg of the Faasaleleaga Rugby Union's Sevens Series, overcoming last week's winners, Ott Constructor Tama Uli Black, 26 - 19.
Captain Paulo Toilolo in an interview with the Samoa Observer said it was a tough day on the field.
"The final game was tough because in our minds we are playing against ourselves," he said.
"We are all Tama Uli's but that didn't stop us from playing the game with our brothers. And now we are the champions for the second leg of the Vailima Savaii sevens."
He said last week they had trouble with their fitness and they did work it out during the week in order for their team to move forward and learn from their mistakes.
"As the captain of the SSAB Tama Uli we need to lift up our fitness level and our defense so that we can defend our title in the last round of this seven series," he added.
For the SSAB Tama Uli, there are three players who have played in the elite national teams including Paulo Toilolo himself. They are also hoping that they can have more than three players who will qualify to play in the elite teams.
"We are hoping to have more players in our national team but it all depends on our calling from the Man above. Anything is possible with him," he said.
He also highlighted the key areas that contributed to their win on Saturday at the Sapapalii rugby field.
"I think the key things that have gotten us here is our hard work, and during our training, we worked very hard in correcting the mistakes that we made last week and to make sure we don't do it again. And our prayers every day and every night seeking the Lord's assistance in whatever that we do," he added.
The SSAB Tama Uli red players are Captain Paulo Toilolo, Gasologa Pauli Pelenato, Enosa Auvaa, Fili Kilifi, Tainano, Meleniuma Faaifo, Kelvin Masoe, and Paulo Mulipola.
The last leg of the Vailima Savaii 7s will be at Sapapalii on Saturday.