Moata’a-Vaiala derby the key fixture in Apia Rugby Union Week One

By Thomas Airey ,

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Reigning Apia Rugby Union champions Moata’a Rugby Club.

Reigning Apia Rugby Union champions Moata’a Rugby Club. (Photo: Moata’a Rugby Club )

The clash between reigning champions Moata’a and Shield holders Vaiala highlights the first round of the 2019 Apia Rugby Union club season, kicking off today at the Tuanaimato fields.

The two powerhouses both went undefeated last season, having not played each other due to the nature of the round robin draw.

Apia Rugby Union secretary Tafaoimalo Laifa Petersen said the two clubs field strong sides every year.

“It’s more like a final from last year’s tournament.

“Expect a tough and physical game from both sides.”

They will compete with 10 other clubs across the 11 week Apia Rugby Union season.

All games will be played at Tuanaimato because of the ongoing renovations to Apia Park for the Pacific Games in July.

The season will wrap up on March 23rd, in time for the start of the Super IX season.

The best players will make up the Vaimauga Eels Super IX team, who won the competition last year.

An Under-20 tournament will run alongside the Apia Rugby Union Senior A competition also.


Week 1 Draw (Saturday January 12)

 

UNDER 20

 

8.30am - Fagalii vs Letogo: Field 2

 

8.30am - Vailele vs Toamua: Field 1

 

10.00am - Apia Maroons vs Moamoa: Field 2

 

10.00am - Vaimoso HJ Keil vs Alamagoto: Field 1

 

Vaiala after a Shield win last season. Photo: Vaiala Ulalei Sports Club
Vaiala after a Shield win last season. Photo: Vaiala Ulalei Sports Club

11.30am - Lupeolesoaga vs SCOPA: Field 2

 

11.30am - BBE Vaiala Ulalei vs Moataa: Field 1

 

Bye - Leifiifi College

 

 

SENIOR A

 

1.00pm - Vaimoso HJ Keil vs Alamagoto: Field 1

 

1.00pm - Vailele vs Toamua: Field 2

 

2.30pm - Apia Maroons vs Moamoa: Field 1

 

2.30pm - Lupeolesoaga vs SCOPA: Field 2

 

4.00pm - Fagalii vs Letogo: Field 2

 

FARMER JOE & TAULA BEVERAGES SHIELD

HPU STADIUM TUANAIMATO

4.00pm - BBE VAIALA ULALEI vs TAUMEASINA ISLAND RESORT MOATAA: Field 1

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