By Tevita Siliva (Tonga Chronicle)/ Sakiusa Nailoloku (Nuku’alofa Times)
Nuku’alofa, TONGA – October 30, 2020: 12:30pm (TONGA CHRONICLE/NUKU’ALOFA TIMES): Toloa Old Boys reclaimed their Tongatapu Rugby Union sub union title for 2020 after a close 18-17win over Ngeleia Warlords at the Te’ufaiva Stadium in Nuku’alofa last Saturday.
The Shield of the Sub- Division UN75 2020 title was awarded to the captain of the Toloa Old Boys team by Tongan Prime Minister Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, Minister of Local Labor Hon. Vatau Hui and Minister of Health Hon. Professor ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu.
It was the finals of rugby competition, sponsorships by the United Nations helped fund the event to include a commemoration of their 75th year this year.
The Tukuhalí team from Hihifo first met the Spartans team from Ha’ateiho in the third and fourth spot play-off of the Bottom 8 teams in the championship.
Tukuhalí defeated the Spartans 25-22.
In the Finals of the Bottom 8 Championship the Kau Selá team from Hu’atolitoli prevailed against Fasimoeafi26-13.
The Super 8 battle between Kolotau from Nukunuku against the Fuekafá team from Te’ekiu. Fuekafa won 26-21.
The main match of the Super 8 and the battle that rugby fans had been waiting for was between the Toloa Old Boys and the Ngele’ia Warlords.
No one is a newcomer to the Toloa Old Boys’ team because they had won the super 8 competition several times.
Ngele’ia Warlords was making their first final appearance.
Whuile Toloa led 3-0 in the first few minutes of the game, Ngeleia struck with a try and led 5-3.
A penalty try to Ngeleia towards the end of the half saw them take the lead into halftime, 12-3.
But Toloa struck twice in the second half to lead 13-12 before a spectacular try from the Warlords saw the lead change again, Ngeleia leading 17-13 and growing in confidence.
However, the Siaosi Atiola coached Toloa Old Boys made it clear to Ngele’s team that they are the best team in this year’s tournament, by scoring the winning try to win the match by 18 points to 17.
Toloa Old BoysBoys’ took the titile with a prize money of $10,000.
Meanwhile, a total of $13,502-76 was collected at the gates and this was given to the Tonga Breast Cancer Society.