Saturday, 19 May 2007 7:32 PM

RUGBY: HRUA games over the weekend

Three tough rugby games were played today at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) oval.

The first game saw the young boys of SICHE beat the experienced Solomon airlines side 15 - 10. The first half saw quick successive tries by the Solomon Airlines. The forward packs of Solair were well utilized to force the SICHE into defensive mode before scoring. Two tries were scored but conversion was lacking which costed them dearly. SICHE replied in the second half with two tries and a penalty. The backline of SICHE were simply too fast for Solair which resulted in a huge penalty count as frustration crept in. Penalties were converted which turned the game to SICHE's favor and eventually the win.

A determined Marist outfit could not contain the speed merchants of Luapel. Luapel made full use of its extremely fast wings. Two quick tries were scored in the first half courtesy of its wingers. Marist pressured the Luapel defense but could not translate the pressure into tries. Unforced errors kept Marist from scoring. The second half opened with a quick try from Marist. An excellent penetrative run from their forward pack saw the backline pounce on a quick play after the breakdown. Luapel replied almost immediately with a breakaway try from its backline securing the game before the final whistle.

Avaiki maintained its lead with a 29 - 5 win over SOSA. SOSA started the game with excellent pressure from its forwards. Avaiki was forced to back paddle and play defensive ruby deep inside its territory. SOSA pushed tirelessly but could not break the Avaiki defense. The Avaiki backline created opportunities from the breakdown and played it quickly to their wings. The forwards of Avaiki were quick to maintain possession which eventually saw the backline score from an overlap. Two quick tries were scored in similar fashion before halftime. Avaiki came back into the second half and scored three tries within the first fifteen minutes. Most tries came from well executed plays from the backline. SOSA replied with a try from its huge forward pack but it came too late as Avaiki ran away winners.

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