Men’s Touch Rugby Shines Some Joy With Fiji Win

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  • ​​​​​​​ Mens touch rugby against Fiji in their second of two wins on the opening day of competition at the Marist Sports Grounds.  Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
    ​​​​​​​ Mens touch rugby against Fiji in their second of two wins on the opening day of competition at the Marist Sports Grounds.  Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
  • Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
    Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
  • Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
    Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
  • Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios
    Photo Tupea Mata’u. Vanu Studios

After a weekend of crying disappointment at the rugby 7s loss of the gold medal to Fiji in rugby, a measure of joyful revenge came in touch rugby on Monday.

The mens team eked out a close 8-6 win over Fiji in touch rugby, to return much needed consolation to the home fans.

The Samoan side started the first day of touch rugby competition at the Marist Sports Grounds on Monday by overpowering close neighbours Tokelau.

The local side came away with a 16-1 win over Tokelau.

Day 2 however started with a surprise 6-8 loss to the Cook Islands .

Samoa’s women had a comfortable runway outing over the Solomon Is. 23-0 in their first came on Monday.

Yesterday they were too strong for Tonga in a 14-2 win.

Touched rugby competition is organised into three separate divisions for men, women and mixed teams.

The playing draw is organised to run for 6 days.

Touch rugby is one of the relatively new sports first introduced into the Pacific Games schedule in 2003.

The sport has only been included in the Games for three times.