Fa’atonu Fili’s invitational team were celebrating in the rain this afternoon at Rongotai College, after winning the inaugural tournament in his name in association with Toki Services at Rongotai College.
Pouring rain for the two semi-finals eased somewhat for the final between Fili’s Boys n da Hood team and national club champions Northern United in their first hit-out of the 2019/20 sevens rugby season.
Both teams had been comprehensive semi-final winners, but it was a regular Norths player, Losi Filipo, who scored a pivotal runaway try in Hood colours to give his side a 19-12 win.
Norths scored the final’s first try, but the Hood side came back to score twice more, including Filipo’s 60 metre try up the far touchline, that gave them an edge. The second half was close as Norths came back to score through Luca Rees after a long period in possession, but the Hood’s defence held them out to the end.
Filipo was the Player of the Tournament, after also scoring the first three tries in the Hood’s semi-final win over Tawa. Ken Kapeli crossed last in the four tries to nil win.
In the other semi-final, Johnny Teleaga marched through to score his side’s first two tries, before an Esi Komaisavai runaway clinched their win over Oriental-Rongotai.
Tawa and Ories shared third place by mutual agreement owing to the wet conditions.
Tawa and Norths had topped the two pools, after Norths had beaten the Hood 24-0 late in pool play and Tawa went through unbeaten. Ories clinched the second Pool B semi-final berth over Old Boys University after beating Poneke 41-0 in their last round-robin game of the day after going in needing to win by 26 points to trump the Goats. Ories and OBU had earlier drawn their contest 12-12.
The tournament ran from 9.00am to late afternoon. For the most part, the rain stayed away and the rugby was played under cloudy skies and a brisk cross-wind. Drizzle and then rain arrived later on.
Several well-known local rugby players were involved, such as Roy Kinikinilau who played for Ories and Ma’a Nonu (Ories), Fili (Hood), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa), Nick Risdon (HOBM), Greg Foe (Poneke) and Greg Mullany/Tomasi Palu (OBU), and others all involved in coaching and support roles.
The two teams that played the final were:
Boys In The Hood: James Tuia (C), Isaia Petelo, Sio Tuia, Ken Kapeli, Ryan Setefano, Losi Filipo, Tuga Mativa, Faresa Tasele, Sauele Aukustino, Hakiwi Sutton, Ian Leota, Jeremiah Tuia, Matt Peni.
Northern United: Luca Rees, Esi Komaisavai, Johnny Teleaga, Caleb Aiulu, Asafo, Olano Afutoto, Deni Caucau, Alipate Nabate, Lavahki Tolai, Toby Kennet, Denny To’o, Malachai Unasa.
Tournament scores at a glance:
- Boys n Da Hood beat Tawa four tries to nil in their semi-final and Norths beat Ories four tries to nil in their semi-final
- Johnsonville defaulted their opening game owing to the late arrival of several players.
- Petone v HOBM game #20 result TBC.
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