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Faleata Sevens Champs target Primary players

The winning Lepea Primary girls team that defeated RLS Primary in the finals

By Asenati Taugasolo Semu

APIA: Monday 10 SEPT 2012: Characters like Muagututia Sila Vaifale, Galumalemana Rudolph Moors and Potu Leavasa are inspiring Samoan figures in the rugby world.

The ex-Manu Samoa trio were coordinators for the Faleata Primary School Sevens Touch Tournament last Saturday 1st September 2012, which undoubtedly boosted the interest in the game with their presence.

Vailoa Primary School took the winning trophy for the boys division and Lepea Primary won the trophy for the girls division.

Vailoa defeated Vaimoso Primary socring three scores after hard runs and split passing by both teams. Lepea’s win over Robert Louis Stevenson in the girl’s final was the result of a competitive game.

Ten Primary Schools, including three private schools in the Faleata district took part in the competition that involved about 200 children between the ages of six and thirteen.

Trophies for Best Players were awarded to Antonina Tanuvasa of Lepea Primary and Lea’ana Toleafoa of Vailoa Primary.

The tournament is part of the ‘Development for Pre-Teen Age Level’ programme initiated by the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) to develop future potential rugby players.

The SRU’s Coordinator for Primary School Sevens, Papalii Tulouna said the district rugby tournaments concluded the programmes by field officers in each district.

“The idea was born from the Samoa Rugby Union to develop skills for children in rugby and also in other sports. The SRU has field officers conducting programmes in Upolu and Savaii,” said Tulouna.

Former Manu Samoa lock, Potu Leavasa said that despite the tournament in its initial stage awed them with the skills and determination shown by all teams.

“There was excitement shown by the children and a good support from teachers and parents.”

Districts champs will probably compete for the Prime Minister’s Cup, said Mr Leavasa.