Lauli'i claims Moso'oi Sevens Rugby title
The Laulii Rugby Team won the 2013 Moso'oi Sevens Rugby title after a one-day tournament held this past Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium at Tafuna.
Only local teams participated in the tournament. They were: Nu'uuli, Leone, Aasu, (Pool A), Laulii-1, Lalomalava, Tafuna (Pool B), Fagatogo, Vailoa, Laulii-2 (Pool C), and Avele, Marist and Mapusaga (Pool D).
The two referees for the tournament, Papali'i and Kolio, were both from Samoa.
Samoa News notes that even before the opening kick-off, the fans were riled up and ready to go; and in the game between Fagatogo and Mapusaga during their quarterfinals match-up, an altercation happened, after a high tackle by a player from the Mapusaga team.
The referee issued a yellow card to the player, but Fagatogo fans became upset and took to the field, angry with the Mapusaga team. In response, the Mapusaga fans didn't sit around, as they too ended up on the field and the result was an altercation that had to be resolved by tournament officials and referees.
Both teams ended up being disqualified from the tournament, per the provisions in the rulebook.
Coaches for both teams were told to be present during the next ASRU meeting next week.
In other quarterfinals games, Leone defeated Lalomalava, 12-5. Laulii was victorious over Aasu 19-14 and Avele breezed by Vailoa 19-0.
In the semifinals, Nu’uuli beat Tafuna 26-12, and Marist stomped on Laulii-2 with a final score of 24-5.
Vailoa defeated Lalomalava 19-12 for the Plate while the Bowl went to Nuuuli after beating Marist 26-5.
The finals game between Laulii's 'Tama o le Moli o le 'Ava' and the old pupils of Avele College got off to a great start.
Avele scored first, after a Laulii player dropped the ball while trying to pass it to their winger. Felise Felise of Avele picked it up and ran it all the way to the end zone untouched. The try for the additional point was good and the opening score was Avele 7 - Lauli'i 0.
But Lauli'i came back and showed everyone why they made it to the finals in the first place. Teamwork played a big part, with players supporting each other and assisting their ball runners.
Avele's downfall was they had no player that could penetrate Lauli'i's defense. They could only pass the ball side to side, but could never move forward to the score line.
Lauli'i won with a score of 17-7 and took home the coveted Mosooi 2013 cup.
Samoa News should point out that the Lauli'i team is the only team that has been selected to represent American Samoa in the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens on November 14-16.
Congratulations to the boys from the East side for a job well done!