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.

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 SENIOR-A STANDINGS
         SENIOR A  Points    P W D L 4 tries <7 loss F A     PD
 1 EELS     25    6 5 0 1 4 1 236 106    130
 2 CHIEFS     23    6 4 1 1 4 1 193 89    104
 3 NAVIGATORS     22    6 5 0 1 2 0 149 124     25
 4 VIKINGS     21    5 4 1 0 3 0 148 80     68
 5 KNIGHTS     11    5 2 0 3 2 1 99 162    -63
 6 LEGENDS     10    5 1 0 4 3 3 137 146     -9
 7 EAGLES      6    5 1 0 4 1 1 75 145    -70
 8 TORNADOES      5    5 1 0 4 1 0 100 192    -92
 9 WARRIORS      1    5 0 0 5 0 1 65 158    -93

Top scorers:

  • 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

Top tryscorers:

  • 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 STANDINGS
           UNDER 20s  Points     P W D L 4 tries <7 loss F A      PD
 1   EELS     25     6 5 0 1 5 0 182 90      92
 2   CHIEFS     25     6 5 0 1 5 0 178 98      80
 3   NAVIGATORS     20     6 4 0 2 4 0 177 72     105
 4   LEGENDS     17     5 3 0 2 4 1 114 103      11
 5   VIKINGS     16     5 3 0 2 3 1 165 95      70
 6   EAGLES     14     5 3 0 2 2 0 109 93      16
 7   WARRIORS      6     5 1 0 4 2 0 64 140     -76
 8   TORNADOES      1     5 0 0 5 0 1 50 183    -133
 9   KNIGHTS      0     5 0 0 5 0 0 47 212    -165

Top scorers:

  • 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

Top tryscorers:

  • 1st=: Elia Tuumatavai (Eagles) and Vaaiga Trevor Moefaauo (Chiefs) - 6
  • 3rd=: Faaliliu Laititi Mitivao (Chiefs), Fuli Faafouina (Navigators) and Anthony Tamilo (Eels) - 5
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