Tri Nations showdown set for Friday

Friday 27 November 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby Union, Sports

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Tri Nations showdown set for Friday
Following last week's thriller when Samoa barely edged Fiji, today's high-stakes matchup will produce a champion for the inaugural tournament. (PHOTO: DANILO REYES) 20112071

The winner of Friday's clash between Cook Islands Residents and Samoa Residents will claim the inaugural Tri Nations series title.

National pride will be at stake in the Tri Nations rugby union series decider this afternoon at Raemaru Park in Arorangi.

Undefeated Cook Islands Residents and Samoa Residents will battle for the inaugural title as well as the bragging rights in the clash kicking off at 5pm.

Cook Islands and Samoa defeated Fiji Residents 15-10 and 22-21, respectively, in their opening matches.

Ben Koteka of Cook Islands Rugby Union said: “This will be the third and final match of the inaugural 2020 Tri Nations 15s series that has created plenty of excitement over the past two weeks with the closeness of the matches that were played.”

Samoa will be led by their captain and loose forward Afeleti Anau, who scored all their points against Fiji last week.

Koteka said: “His full skill set will again be required in this final match. Also, the crafty first 5/8 Viiga Ruepena is sure to dictate play for the boys in blue.”

“If the Cook Islands forward pack, led by seniors Thomas Toa and Rob Heather Jnr, can maintain the intensity for the full 80 minutes then they will be in for a chance.”

Cook Islands Residents – Toru Katuke, 2. John Vano, 3. Stanley Tobia, 4. Robert Heather Jnr, 5. Oki Naea, 6. Thomas Toa (Captain), 7. Ayden Kapi, 8. David Toa, 9. Jason Potoru, 10. Daniel Toa, 11. Arona Ngari Jnr, 12. Jeronia Raea, 13. Tereinga Henry, 14. Leo Roa, 15. Matt Maui, 16. Joshua Caffery, 17. Paki Mani, 18. James Strickland, 19. Junior Kirikava, 20. Repoama Ponga, 21. Thomas Daniel, 22. Peter Marsters, 23. Tony Turaki Jnr

Samoa Residents – Toto’a Tuaia, 2. Agostini (Gas) Heather, 3. Jeffrey Magele, 4. Sione Likiliki, 5. Os Tunupopo, 6. Clive Nicholas, 7. Afeleti Anau (C), 8. Leki Heavula, 9. James Tofilau, 10. Viiga Reupena, 11. Penitito Lio, 12. Lokeni Perenise, 13. Fale Sooialo, 14. Vatu Ueseli, 15. John Penu, 16. Faafoi Toilolo, 17. Likena Vaomotu, 18. Napa Tomokino, 19. John Pierre, 20. Tautua Iosefa, 21. Aaron Tunupopo, 22. Richard Piakura, 23. Ilaisa Ravula.