Basic Samoa Rugby Union Rules: Players and Field Zones
Rugby may not be really popular in many countries, but the Samoa Rugby Union events have attracted millions of fans every year. Understanding Samoa Rugby rules will make you able to appreciate this great game, especially since Rugby has such aggressive style playing, yet with rules that are easy to understand. Therefore, this is one of the most favorite sports to wage on at Sbobet Casino.
What is Faceoff in Rugby? A Basic Game Understanding
Rugby is a sport that is actually easy to understand, if you already grasp the basics. For example, there is Rugby faceoff, a term that signifies the position where the game begins. Faceoff position is very important and each team must use this position as the starting point of each game, whether it is at the beginning of the game, or in the middle when the game Casino Sbobet Asia is back from timeout.
Samoa Rugby Rules to Understand
Basically, Rugby is a 6-player team game, with one team consists of one goalie plus five skaters. The five skaters consist of two defensemen and three forwards (like ‘strikers’). The goal of the game is to create more goals than the opponent team bong88 mobile by hitting the Rugby puck into their net. The unique aspect of playing Rugby is: if the puck is accidentally hit by a player’s body, and then sliding into the net, Rugby rules still call that as a legal goal.
Samoa Rugby Faceoff Explained
Basically, Rugby faceoff is the start of a game Agen Sbobet Wap. In the beginning of a Rugby game, the referee will ask both team players to stand in the middle of the field, in a way so each team stands on their defensive areas. Afterward, the referee will throw the puck in the middle of the team, and that’s when the game starts. There are several faceoff areas in the middle of the field, and they are used to start and restart the game. Legally, every game must start from here.
Coach Stephen says thank you to Samoa
National Samoa Sevens Coach, Stephen Betham has only these words that he asked to relay it to Samoa. The words were “thank you Samoa for your support,”
Speaking from Las Vegas, Betham added its being a long time since they had a clinch to a winning title and the boys have really worked hard. “They owe it to the people and I think the win is for the people and also supporters in Las Vegas.”
Betham is very happy with the result, but he says it’s not yet finished. “We are still trying our best, and with the momentum we would like go further up on the tournament table, we are setting our sights to finish top 3 in the overall series”
Meanwhile Lolo Lui is suffering from a tear hamstring injury and needs 6 weeks rest, while Uale Ma’i suffers from a knee injury and has yet to establish how long he needs to rest. “The boys are well, just a few bruises but they will be fine.”
Samoa beat defending Series champions New Zealand 26-19 with the last play of a thrilling final to clinch the USA Sevens title at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
New Zealand 19-26 Samoa
With the scores locked at 19-19 and the game looking destined for extra time, man mountain Alafoti Faosiliva powered over wide out on the right to score a memorable winning try.
In taking the Las Vegas title, Samoa become the fourth nation to win a Cup title after five rounds of the 2011/12 Sevens World Series.
Samoa Faces New Zealand in Fthe Finals in Vegas Sevens
Speaking from Las Vegas ahead of their clash against New Zealand Head Coach Stephen says, making the finals on the last day of the Vegas tournament is a “bonus” for his team.” “Statistically speaking we are very thankful for making the semi-finals and I am very proud of the boys, our main focus of the tournament is to retain consistency throughout the semis, having achieved that, it’s a bonus to make the finals”
Samoa came back from 12-0 at half time to win 14-12, to tries from Paul Perez and Faatoina Autagavaia.
Samoa A's First Hit Out With the Waratahs
Samoa A started off its first trial match of two matches against HSBC Waratahs, at a very wet and slippery Scully Park; Tamworth New South Wales Australia, ahead of its official Pacific Rugby Cup campaign by the end of the month.
The trial match that played 4 different quarters by 30 minutes each gives the local coaching staff an opportunity in sorting out combinations before the official start of the tournament.
Samoa A 5 to Waratahs 83, was a well needed hit out for all the players, and assessed by the coaching staff in finalizing the starting 22 against the Brumby Runners on the 24th of February.
Head Coach Fepuleai Selefuti Patu says their first trial match gives an excellent indication of where the team is at and what work that needed to be done before the start of the PRC Tournament. “Our defense was really good in the backline, but we need to concentrate more on our set pieces especially scrum, the Waratahs were using the rolling maul that gave way and we are working on it before the official tournament ”
Fepuleai added yesterday’s trial match gives the new and younger player’s valuable experience, exposure and understanding required on the professional level. “The boys fronted up well and had showed fitness required for high level professional rugby”
Samoa’s back row in particular tested HSBC defense with some big ball carriers that eventually resulted in a try for Maene Mapusaga, who touched down in the left hand corner on 52 minutes to give Samoa A a well-deserved score and take the half time score to 38-5.
Team Trainer David Edgar says “The level at which the game was played was a step up for our boys and they were exposed to a type of professional rugby that we need to constantly be striving for, fast, quick tempo, dynamic with ongoing decision making required.”
He added “The main area we were dominated in this game was through a major lack of size, the Waratahs were far superior in size (both back and forwards) and were out muscled in many aspects of play on the field. However this has been an ongoing concern for Samoan Rugby with our best players continually being contracted to professional clubs and residing out of Samoa. The boys generally reacted well but playing a fully professional side such as the Waratahs we were always going to be up against it.”
Samoa’s first Team: 1 Tuliloa Malaga, 2. Ofisa Smith, 3. Lolesio Lavea, 4, Maselino Paulino, 5.Maene Mapusaga, 6. Suamalie Tuiletufuga, 7. Oneone Faafou, 8, Misioka Timoteo (C) 9. Faatalatala Fagasoaia VC, 10. Patrick Faapale, 11. Faleniu Iosi, 12.Meki Magele, 13. Jame Roache, 14. Tupu Ulufale, 15. Tenari Saumani.
Second Team: 1. Gody Schuster, 2. Sefo Selesele, 3. Aifala Taelega, 4. Sale Pii. 5. Emie Faanene, 6. Afioae Maiava, 7. Iosefa Timu Sa, 8. Suamalie Tuiletufuga, 9. Ionatana Tino, 10. Teofilo Lepou. 11. Soa Manuele, 12,. Fale Sooialo, 13. Vailoa Kereti, 14. Tifaipaia Sila, 15. Titi Jr Esau.
International Rugby Union issues Warning On Alleged Internent Fraud
The International Rugby Board has issued a warning notice – on alleged internet fraud, to all Rugby Unions and Regional Associations in Memberships of the IRB.
Samoa Rugby Union received the warning notice that says “the IRB continues to receive reports of internet scam that targeted players and coaches seeking roles with clubs and / or academies abroad.”. The names of a number of Unions and affiliated rugby clubs have been used without their knowledge as part of this alleged scam.
As such Samoa Rugby Union in association with IRB wishes to ensure that every effort is made to protect players and coaches and have decided for the below notice to be circulated appropriately.
“It has come to the attention of the IRB and the Samoa Rugby Union that a person or persons have been operating an internet scam targeted at Rugby players and coaches seeking positions abroad. The scam involves players and coaches being sent emails requesting the payment of a sum of money in respect of visas and playing licences at rugby clubs and/or academies which do not exist or are being misrepresented. Police in various countries have been alerted. The IRB would urge all players and coaches to verify the bona fides of clubs and/or academies prior to applying for positions and to exercise caution if requested to transfer money in such circumstances”.
Samoa claim Pacific Games Gold
Samoa has claimed the Gold medal in the Men's final of the Pacific Games defeating Fiji 21-19 in a thrilling final in Noumea this evening.
In a fiery affair that had both teams down to six men at one stage, Samoa held off a fast finishing Fijian team to defend the Gold medal they won at the 2009 Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
Fiji had survived an almighty scare in the semi finals from the emerging power in Oceania Sevens, Papua New Guinea, who scored a try in injury time to draw level at 19-all at full time. A try in extra time saw Fiji qualify for the Gold medal match against Samoa.
The big guns from both teams were out providing a world class spectacle for the huge and appreciative crowd in Noumea. Uale Mai and Lolo Lui were superb for Samoa, with Mai scoring the opening try of the match and the first of Samoa's three tries - all of which were converted by Lui. Flying Fijian representative, Nikola Matawalu who no doubt has a bright future, was in sublime form and also touched down for a try in the final.
Earlier in the evening, Papua New Guinea claimed the bronze medal with a tight 10-5 victory over Niue. PNG and Niue have thus qualified for the Gold Coast leg of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens Series on account of finishing as the top 2 non-core teams of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Samoa vs Russia Manager Report
Samoa U.20 completed its Third game this afternoon defeating Russia 50-14. Todays win booked our place in the final of the Junior World Rugby Trophy to be held in three days time. Japan topped in pool B after defeating a determined Geogia side in the last quarter of yesterdays last match. Our Captain and playmaker Patrick Faapale came off the game yesterday midway through the second half due to a shoulder and neck injury and is recovering well and hopefully fit enough to play the final. Five other players also suffered injuries and our main target in the next few days is our recovery process so that we will have everyone available for selection in our final match. Our next opponent Japan is very organised, well drilled and have a fit and heavy forward pack. Japan was also undefeated in its pool and was the finalist in last years World Trophy.
Its been a long and tough tournament for these young men, and for most of them it is their first taste of international representations and first hand on experience of the tough reality of playing all these test matches within a three days period turn around.Read More
Samoa to host 2011 Oceania Sevens Championship
The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) today announced that the Samoa Rugby Union will host the 2011 Oceania Sevens Championship to be held in Apia on the 28th & 29th of October. The Oceania Sevens Championship is also the Regional qualification tournament for the HSBC Sevens World Series where the Member Unions of FORU compete to join the Region’s core teams – Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa – at selected legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands qualified for the Adelaide and Wellington legs of the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series on the back of their performances at the 2010 Oceania Sevens Championship in Darwin, Australia. Tonga also qualified for the Hong Kong Sevens after finishing 3rd in Darwin.
The Prime Minister of Samoa and Samoa Rugby Union Chairman, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is delighted that Samoa will be hosting some of the best Sevens teams in the world in October. “We are extremely excited at the opportunity to host the Oceania Sevens in 2011. Our region boasts four of the top six teams in the IRB World Series together with others, such as Tonga, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Niue, that have continuously proven their ability to upstage even the best teams in the world” he said.The Prospect of witnessing these teams in action at Apia Park will be an immense source of excitement for the Rugby loving people of Samoa. We look forward to delivering a World Class event, worthy of the World Class teams and athletes we will host.”
Samoa Rugby Union CEO, Su’a Peter Schuster, believes the popularity of sevens in the Region reflects the success Oceania Unions have had in recent times.
Samoa under 20 Crushed USA
Samoa under 20 started off in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy with an impressive victory against USA in the first of 3 matches at the Avachala Stadium Tblisi Georgia Russia. Samoa defeated USA 48-11 and team manager Namulauulu Sami Leota says the whole team displayed some great rugby in Georgia. Here’s the full report from Team Manager Namulauulu Sami Leota:- “The boys played well and all the hard work they put in since the end of last year is now coming to fruition. We ran into the strong wind in the first half and the call from the Coaching Staff was to keep the ball in hand. It was exactly what was executed from the first whistle. Ball in hands from the USA kick off, from one phase to another, from one end of the field to the other end, with some strong runs displayed by our forwards, combined with the speed out wide and skills by our backline, the boys in blue were unstoppable. Read More
Fiji Warriors win against Samoa A
Defending Pacific Rugby Cup champions the Air Pacific Fiji Warriors survived a bruising encounter against Samoa A to regain top spot on the Pacific Rugby Cup table after overcoming their Pacific neighbours 23-12 today at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.
The Warriors win was built on a strong defensive effort and the pace and cunning of winger Apisalome Waqatabu who scored a try in each half to put the game out of reach of the Samoans.
It was the visitors that had the best start to the game with captain and flyhalf Roger Warren snapping a 4th minute drop goal and then an 8th minute penalty to give his side a six-nil lead.
Warriors centre Adriu Delai, who had an exceptional game in the Warriors win against Tonga A last Saturday, took up where he left off against the Tongans when he split open the Samoan defense in the 13th minute only to knock on across the Samoan 22 metre line. From the ensuing play the Warriors were awarded the penalty and the trusted boot of Taniela Rawaqa made no mistake. Read More
A must win for Samoa A to gain PRC Title.
Despite a disappointing loss to Fiji Warriors 23-12, Samoa A still has a chance to be crowned PRC champions if they can defeat Tonga A at its last match on Fiji soil at the end of this week.Last year’s defending champions, Fiji Warriors, have completed their Pacific Rugby Cup matches placing the Warriors on top of the tournament table after defeating the visitors in a bruising encounter at Churchill Park Lautoka.But the Fijians have yet to celebrate; no doubt they will be cheering and rooting for the Tongans from the sides who will be going against the Samoans for a win rather. For the Samoans, Friday’s clash (local time) must be a win in order to gain championship for this year’s Pacific Rugby Cup Tournament.Speaking from Fiji, Head Coach Fepuleai Selefuti Patu, says Samoa A had the best start to the game with captain and fly half Roger Warren snapping a 4th minute drop goal and then an 8th minute penalty to give Samoa six-nil lead.
“We had a lot of chances but the boys just gave it away to the opposition and they used it to their advantage.” Samoa A’s Head Coach Fepuleai says. “There was no fighting spirit to the boys and half of the team just lost focus, and there was totally no momentum to the team”However, Fepuleai says they are now focusing on the last game. “It’s a must win situation for the boys, currently Fiji is on 17points, 3 points ahead of us, if we win against Tonga, we will be champions for this year”.