Nuku’alofa – October 6, 2021: 4.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The promising Vava’u team will face Vahe Kolo at the Tonga Rugby Union Centennial Championship men’s final this Saturday at Teufaiva.
This followed the teams’ victories in the deciding matches last Saturday.
Vahe Kolo from the Tongatapu zone defeated Hahake 21-18 in a nail-biting match.
Vava’u on the other hand beat ‘Eua 38-23 to claim top spot in the Island zone.
Vahe Kolo defeated the much fancied Vahe Hahake side in the decider for Tongatapu.
Vahe Hahake did most of the first half attacks, scoring two tries early in the spell.
It appeared they were headed for an easy win.
But Vahe Kolo came back with an astonishing try, and two successful penalty kicks to secure the lead 11-10 before the break.
The lead changed twice in the second half but Vahe Kolo captain and fly-half Patelesio ‘One’one secured Vahe Kolo’s famous victory, with a penalty to win the decider 21-18.
Vahe Loto and Vahe Hihifo went home with a drawn match in the second Tongatapu clash when they were tied 18-18 at fulltime.
There was plenty of drama in the game’s closing stages and ended up with Vahe Loto scoring their final try to level the scores.
Vava’u stunned ‘Eua with a 38-23 win.
Spectators were unanimous in their applause of the ‘Eua side in their defeat, as the team showed they can still improve with time.
Niua were able to string together the muscular elements of their game, showing they were a quality rugby side, when they led 17-5 at halftime.
Niua added another 30 points to secure an easy victory, 47-10 at the final whistle.
The women’s competition will see Hihifo from Tongatapu meet Ha’apai from the Island zone in the final.
Hihifo had dominated against all the three Tongatapu opponents while Ha’apai, having had some earlier exposure during the year, came through as the top island team.
Draws for this weekend at Te’ufaiva: