Officials to seek Police assistance during matches
Rugby officials will seek the assistance of the Police to provide security during matches following an incident last Saturday after a rugby match.
The incident followed the match between the Falefa Senior A and Lufilufi where Falefa won, 12-11, in a tightly contested affair.
After the match, vehicles belonging to the Falefa team were stoned, though no one was injured during the stoning episode.
The Anoamaa Rugby Union and Technical Advisor for Falefa, Taito S.T .Paulo, confirmed the incident when questioned by the Samoa Observer.
"The game went well, nothing happened during the game. Falefa won and will be keeping the shield for the remainder of 2020. However, we all know how it feels like to lose,” he said in an interview.
“Some people resort to violence as a means of retaliating but we have solved it and we hope that nothing like this will come up again in our next tournament this week.”
The union is now looking at seeking the assistance of the Police Ministry, added Paulo though they are also expecting more help from the Alii and Faipule of the district.
"We are thinking of writing a letter to the Police for assistance during our games just to ensure the safety and well-being of the players, spectators, and everyone. But I know we can rely on the Alii ma Faipule of the union, they are the ones who will assist in the area of securities," he added.
Paulo confirmed that the players weren't involved in the stoning as it was the spectators who attacked the players and started the commotion, and revealed that Falefa village is happy and proud of the boys' performance.
"Despite the commotion late Saturday evening, our village remains proud of their boys. Second-year for Falefa to have the shield. It is a fascinating season for Falefa and they are looking forward to the upcoming sevens on Saturday," he said.
The Anoamaa union will launch their sevens tournament on Saturday and they are targeting two teams for their U-20 and two for their Senior A teams.