Marist thrash Vaini 58-5 in season opener

Scrum down..the Vaini and Marist forward packs facing off at the Marist ground this afternoon. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-May 20: 4.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Vai Manu captained Marist Apifo’ou Premier rugby team thrashed Vaini 58-5 in their opening 2017 Tongatapu Rugby Union competition game at their home ground in Ma’ufanga this afternoon.

A near-perfect second half display by the Blue and White stripes saw them run in tries after tries in the second spell, after Vaini had scored one in the corner to take a 5-0 lead.

Vaini Doves and Marist battling off this afternoon. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Vaini Doves and Marist battling off this afternoon. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

Had Siale Fahiua proved successful with his penalties, Marist would have registered at least 70 points in the almost one-sided display.

Vaini did not hold anything back in the second spell either but the strategic Marist play proved too strong for the Doves to handle.

Team manager Fiokalafi ‘Akauola said the win was a good start to the season.

“The players did well in the second spell and we dominated,” he said.

“That was a good start to the season. Most of our senior players are gone but we have captain Vai Manu who led by example upfront.

“We will continue to build on this and hope that the players can keep the consistency throughout the season.”

Marist proved too strong in the forward battle and their backline utilised possession better.

They had two yellow cards in the end but even that did not stop them from winning the game well in the end.

Marist is coached by Father Selwyn Akauola, who is assisted by national sevens coach Taholo Anitoni.

The competition continues next week.

Marist team: 1. ‘Isitolo To’oa, 2. Tavite Fau, 3. Ongokie Olosoni, 4. Anthony Samita, 5. Vai Manu (Capt), 6. Fautasi Ma’u, 7. Taniela Samita, 8. Kisina Neiufi. 9 Miniti Tonga, 10. Siale Fahiua, 11. Viliami. 12. Saia Fusitu’a, 13. Filipo Fahiua, 14. Violeti Kolo, 15. Amanaki Lea’aetoa. Faiako – Fr Seluini Akau’ola, Tokoni – Taholo ‘Anitoni, Pule – Filokalafi ‘Akau’ola.






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