Bittersweet moment for Taula South, inaugural All Stars champions
Taula South has been crowned the inaugural champions of the Apia Rugby Union All Star tournament.
But the win was bittersweet for the men from the South who lost to Taula East, 23-18, at the Apia Park Stadium on Saturday.
The winner was determined by points accumulated during the four week tournament and Taula South finished on top.
In the last game, East and South trade penalties at the start, giving East a 6-3 lead.
South jumped to the front with a try from Poseta Veni which was converted by Patrick Faapale, 6-10.
Poor discipline cost South a player in the bin with the East capitalising on the numbers game with a converted try to regain the lead, 13-10.
Fa'apale slotted a penalty conversion to close the gap, 13-13.
Just on the stroke of halt time, South took the lead through a try from Koroseta Veni. Faapale was unable to convert but still they were in front, 18-13.
East returned fire when the second stanza got underway where Telefoni crossed the try line. With the conversion successful, East nudged ahead, 20-18.
A penalty was the final scoring act of the game with Paul Scanlan converting the kick to further his team's lead, 23-18 and to secure the famous win.
For the U-20 competition, fourth place went to Taula West winning a cash prize of $500 tala and four boxes of Taxi cans, third went to Taula North winning a cash prize of $600 tala and 5 boxes of Taxi cans, second place went to Taula East winning the cash prize of $700 and 5 boxes of cans, and the winners for the Taula ARU All star went to Taula South winning a cash prize $800 tala and 5 boxes of cans.
The Senior A's competition, fourth place went to Taula North winning the cash prize of $2,000 tala and 5 boxes of Taula, third place is Taula West winning $2,000 tala and 5 boxes of Taula, second place is Taula East winning the cash prize of $3000 tala and 5 boxes of Taula, and the winner for the Taula ARU All-Star is Taula South winning a cash prize of $4,000 tala and 5 boxes of Taula.
Their Most Valuable Players of the tournament are:
U-20 Forwards went to ET Viliamu of Taula South and backs went to Steve Rimoni of Taula South as well.
For the Senior A's, the Forwards went to Theodore MacFarland of Taula West and Patrick Faapale of Taula South for the Backs.