Chiefs and Eels on Super Nine collision course

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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SUPER NINE FINALIST: The Chiefs of Aana Aiga i le Tai and Falelatai (in Blue) having beaten Tornadoes will play against the Eels in the Championship final this Saturday.

SUPER NINE FINALIST: The Chiefs of Aana Aiga i le Tai and Falelatai (in Blue) having beaten Tornadoes will play against the Eels in the Championship final this Saturday. (Photo: Ulimasao Fata)

The champion of the inaugural Super Nine rugby competition will be decided by the Chiefs and Eels next week.

It follows the outcome of the semifinals at Apia Park yesterday.

The first semifinal clash saw Chiefs of Aana Aiga i le Tai & Falelatai taking on the Southern Tornadoes from Siumu and Falealili.

It was a hard fought match, which the Chiefs won, 34-30.

The Tornadoes scored points with an early try from their lock Nissan Aitui and a conversion by their first five Togipo I’amanu.

The Chiefs immediately replied with a try of their own from lock London Leuma. The conversion was unsuccessful.

The Chiefs gained momentum and landed them two extra tries from first five Sofara Mai and number eight Mikaele Tapili.

The Tornadoes refused to give up. They responded with two penalties and a try.

The Tornadoes extended their lead in the second half when their right winger crossed the line for a try.

But Chiefs refused to lie down. They hit back with two tries of their own, including a brilliant try from captain Elia Tolufale to secure victory.

Tolufale was extremely proud of the effort from his team. 

“I am proud of what we have achieved and we are looking forward to the grand final,” he said.

The second semifinal was a lot easier won by the competition favorites, the Eels, who smashed the Legends, 69-18. 

The Eels made things look easy scoring a try a minute into the game.

The Legends were outmuscled and outplayed in the first half where the Eels ran rampant, scoring at will. 

Eel’s captain Patrick Faapale said their performance was good but they know next week will be a lot tougher.

 “We have fully prepared for any team that we go up against,” he said.

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