Schools Vie for 2021 Rugby Champ of Champs

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Nuuausala College will meet St Joseph’s College for the Under 18 school boys Champ of Champs this Friday after gruesomely close semi final matches infront of hundreds of supporters at St Joseph’s College this

Nuuausala College (NasCo) defeated Leifiifi College in the first semi final 25-18.  Nuuausala were handed three yellow cards in this match but managed to maintain the lead, clearly the fitter team on the paddock.

Photo: Jaleen Tupai

With only one day rest between matches this week, injuries were starting to take its toll on players.

Nuuausala No.8 and captain who led his side well, may not make the finals on Friday due to a possible concussion treated by Red Cross in the last minutes of the match.

One of the NasCo players being treated by Red Cross.

Nuuausala had beaten Pesega Under 18 in a close quarter final on Monday this week, that went to overtime.

St Joseph’s College who had beaten Safata in the quarter finals on Monday managed to secure the semis today against Vaiola.

Photo: Jaleen Tupai

The Church College  team from Savaii were gutted to have been denied a chance to play in the Champ of Champ finals, when they lost in a gruesomely close 24-20 match.

Many parents and supporters had travelled from the Big Island to tapuai their boys, who came close to toppling St Joseph’s College.

For the Under 16 boys, Vaiola beat Leifiifi 25-10 and will meet Avele in the finals. Avele edged out Pesega College 10-8.

For the Girls Under 18 ten-a-side comp, two Savaii teams have made it through to the semis.

The first semi-final on Friday will be between Palauli-i-Sisifo and Leulumoega Fou College. The second is between Aana No.2 vs Palauli College. One of the girls teams has lodged a formal protest and the results of that tribunal may change the semi finalists for Girls Under 18.

Manu Samoa Head Coach Seilala Mapusua and Assistant Coach Mahonri Schwalger were seen at the field, watching the best of Samoa’s schools competition.

Former Samoa Captain and Founder of RAS, Mahonri Schwalger.

Finals will be played on Friday at St Joseph’s College fields.