Frankies Tama Uli-Salelologa won the first round of the Bluesky Men's Sevens Series 2018

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 Tama Uli SalelologaCUP WINNER: FRANKIES TAMA ULI-SALELOLOGA

9 September 2018

The Samoa Rugby Union-Tuanaimato was the place to be yesterday-Saturday 8 September.

Round 1 of the Bluesky Men's Sevens Series kicked off yesterday with 24 teams from around the country competing for the right to be crowned champions of the first round of the series.

 

The atmosphere was all set for some exciting rugby and the teams did not fail to deliver.

 

Last year's round 1 winner Aana Chiefs were unable to defend their title after been defeated by a relentless Frankies Tama Uli-Salelologa in the first semi-final of the Cup, going down 17-21. The Apia Maroons booked their ticket in the finals with the Frankies Tama Uli-Salelologa with a 2 points difference win over BBE Vaiala, winning the game 14-12.

 

The Tepatasi Sunrise 7s finalists, Frankies Tama Uli-Salelologa's road to success was no easy task. Before they went on to win the Cup, they had to fend off last year's series winner Moataa in the quarter-final by 26-21 prior to nullifying the Aana Chiefs in the Cup semi.

 

A similar track was taken by the Apia Maroons en route to the Cup final. They had to outdo a strong challenge from HJ Keil Vaimoso in their Cup quarters clash winning 17-0, before beating BBE Vaiala in the semis.

 

In the Cup final, the boys from Savaii were not going to leave empty-handed. Led by Samoa A fullback Ricky Ene and Samoa 7s speedster Eisapeta Alofipo, the Frankies Tama Uli-Salelologa was on song with their attack and defence which saw them home 19-10.

 

The game was beautifully choreographed by playmaker Rick Ene and the Apia Maroons were unable to stop Ene from penetrating their line of defence. 

 

Albeit the loss, the Apia Maroons went down fighting. With a player in the sin-bin in the second spell for a dangerous tackle, they were still able to keep the Frankies Tama Uli-Salelologa at bay until their numbers were restored once again. 

 

In other playoff matches, the Aana Chiefs held off a very strong challenge from Tepatasi 1 in their Cup quarterfinal match, winning 14-10, in arguably one of the best games of round 1 of the Bluesky Men's Sevens Series. Tepatasi 1 led the game with minutes to go before Aana Chiefs fought back strongly and scored a try underneath the goal post, sealing their victory over Tepatasi 1.

 

One of the strongest teams of the series led by Samoa 7s captain Alatasi Tupou, BBE Vaiala, had their hopes dashed in the semis when the Apia Maroons spoiled their party. BBE Vaiala went into the semis as favourites, however, the Apia Maroons had other plans and were unfazed by the imposing firepower of the BBE Vaiala in the likes of  Samoa 7s reps Tofatu Solia, Malu Falaniko and Murphy Paulo.

 

Another hard fought battle was between the Aana Chiefs and BBE Vaiala in the 3rd place playoff. Hard runner Tofatu Solia met his match yesterday in the likes of Iakopo Mapu of the Aana Chiefs. Both power forwards refused to let down the gauntlet and had a go at each other whenever they get the ball.

 

However, in the end, simple mistakes cost BBE Vaiala their chance. handing the match to the Aana Chiefs 21-15.

 

Pool Games Results:

POOL GAMES
Time Match Team A score   Team B Pool Field
09.00am Match 1 MOATAA 35 - 0 LOTOFAGA - ATUA I SAUTE Pool A Field 1
Match 2 SCOPA 19 - 14 SALEIMOA Pool E Field 2
09.20am Match 3 TEPATASI 1 wbd - lbd FILITUNA Pool B Field 1
Match 4 BBE VAIALA 26 - 21 VAILUUTAI Pool F Field 2
09.40am Match 5 AANA CHIEFS 42 - 10 TAMA OLE VAIAISA SAMAUGA Pool C Field 1
Match 6 SASAAI 17 - 12 LUFILUFI Pool G Field 2
10.00am Match 7 FRANKIE’S TAMA ULI - SALELOLOGA 43 - 0 SAPAPALII Pool D Field 1
Match 8 APIA MAROONS 22 - 10 ATUA DEVELOPMENT Pool H Field 2
10.20am Match 9 SAMUSU 17 - 14 LOTOFAGA - ATUA I SAUTE Pool A Field 1
Match 10 HJ KEIL VAIMOSO 26 - 10 SALEIMOA Pool E Field 2
10.40am Match 11 ALAMAGOTO 12 - 7 FILITUNA Pool B Field 1
Match 12 CALLIOPE REDS 5 - 33 VAILUUTAI Pool F Field 2
11.00am Match 13 FALEALILI 19 - 5 TAMA OLE VAIAISA SAMAUGA Pool C Field 1
Match 14 TEPATASI 2 14 - 0 LUFILUFI Pool G Field 2
11.20am Match 15 MARIST SAINTS 17 - 19 SAPAPALII Pool D Field 1
Match 16 FAALA - PALAULI 14 - 5 ATUA DEVELOPMENT Pool H Field 2
11.40am Match 17 MOATAA 28 - 7 SAMUSU Pool A Field 1
Match 18 SCOPA 7 - 19 HJ KEIL VAIMOSO Pool E Field 2
12.00pm Match 19 TEPATASI 1 26 - 5 ALAMAGOTO Pool B Field 1
Match 20 BBE VAIALA 40 - 12 CALLIOPE REDS Pool F Field 2
12.20pm Match 21 AANA CHIEFS 39 - 0 FALEALILI Pool C Field 1
Match 22 SASAAI 0 - 5 TEPATASI 2 Pool G Field 2
12.40pm Match 23 FRANKIE’S TAMA ULI - SALELOLOGA 43 - 0 MARIST SAINTS Pool D Field 1
Match 24 APIA MAROONS 10 - 7 FAALA - PALAULI Pool H Field 2

 

Play-Offs Results:

PLAY-OFFS

Time

Match

Team A

score

Team B

Pool

Field

01.10pm

Match 25

ALAMAGOTO

10

-

24

FALEALILI

QF Bowl

Field 1

Match 26

VAILUUTAI

7

-

14

SASAAI

QF Bowl

Field 2

01.30pm

Match 27

SAMUSU

15

-

5

SAPAPALII

QF Bowl

Field 1

Match 28

SCOPA

10

-

33

FAALA - PALAULI

QF Bowl

Field 2

01.50pm

Match 29

TEPATASI 1

10

-

14

AANA CHIEFS

QF Cup

Field 1

Match 30

BBE VAIALA

26

-

7

TEPATASI 2

QF Cup

Field 2

02.10pm

Match 31

MOATAA

21

-

26

FRANKIE’S TAMA ULI - SALELOLOGA

QF Cup

Field 1

Match 32

HJ KEIL VAIMOSO

0

-

17

APIA MAROONS

QF Cup

Field 2

02.30pm

Match 33

FALEALILI

12

-

14

SAMUSU

SF Bowl

Field 1

Match 34

SASAAI

14

-

19

FAALA - PALAULI

SF Bowl

Field 2

02.50pm

Match 35

TEPATASI 1

21

-

26

MOATAA

SF Plate

Field 1

Match 36

TEPATASI 2

0

-

12

HJ KEIL VAIMOSO

SF Plate

Field 2

03.10pm

Match 37

AANA CHIEFS

17

-

21

FRANKIE’S TAMA ULI - SALELOLOGA

SF Cup

Field 1

Match 38

BBE VAIALA

12

-

14

APIA MAROONS

SF Cup

Field 2

03.30pm

Match 39

SAMUSU

10

-

14

FAALA - PALAULI

Final Bowl

Field 1

03.50pm

Match 40

MOATAA

33

-

0

HJ KEIL VAIMOSO

Final Plate

Field 1

04.10pm

Match 41

AANA CHIEFS

21

-

15

BBE VAIALA

Third Place

Field 1

04.30pm

Match 42

FRANKIE’S TAMA ULI - SALELOLOGA

19

-

10

APIA MAROONS

Final Cup

Field 1

 

Apia MaroonsCUP RUNNER UP: APIA MAROONS

 

ElisapetaMVP: ELISAPETA ALOFIPO [FRANKIES TAMA ULI-SALELOLOGA

 

Aana Chiefs3RD PLACE: AANA CHIEFS

 

BBE Vaiala4TH PLACE: BBE VAIALA

 

Moataa Plate WinnerPLATE WINNER: MOATAA

 

Vaimoso Plate runner upPLATE RUNNER UP: HJ KEIL VAIMOSO

 

Faala PalauliBOWL WINNER: FAALA-PALAULI

 

SamusuBOWL RUNNER UP: SAMUSU