9th place finish for rugby 7s squad

By Taromane Martin

The national rugby 7s team that competed at the Oceania 7s over the weekend.

THE Solomon Islands rugby 7s national team has finished 9th overall at the recent Oceania 7s challenge in Fiji.

The national 7s squad lost both of their pool matches on Friday losing 37-0 to Papua New Guinea in day one of the competition and then losing to Fiji 47-0.

The national 7s squad however, bounced back in day two of the competition on Saturday to claim two victories defeating Tuvalu 40-5 and then Vanuatu 29-7 in the men’s 9th position play offs on Saturday.

“What is next for Solomon 7s in 2019. Improvement of the ranking definitely will be important but again it is team work,” the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) said in a statement.

“It is Christmas break so time to take a break and enjoy the achievements of 2018, reflect on the positives and analyze where we can improve in 2019.

“Acknowledge all stakeholders, partners who worked with SIRUF to make 2018 another successful year for rugby.

“Much have been achieved and we should appreciate and agree 2018 was an exciting year. Long live rugby lo Solomons,” SIRUF said.

The national rugby 7s squad is expected back in the country tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the men’s rankings from the recent Oceania 7s in Suva, Fiji is as follows:

Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Australia, Tonga, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Nauru and Niue.

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