AGAINST ALL ODDS – SOSA Rugby ‘progressing’

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The young SOSA side are improving in all their matches in the Man Up Challenge
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BY PETER ZOLEVEKE II

The road to revival for SOSA Rugby Club is progressing well according to the club’s veteran player and head coach Gregory Ofia.

Young dominated, the team has proved as a competitive side since their return contending in major rugby tournaments in Honiara.

“We are a young team and we are learning step by step,” Ofia told SunSPORTS in a post-match interview.

SOSA entered the 5th edition of the Solrais & Fletchers Man Up rugby 15s Challenge with a new look outfit tracing back to the club’s pedigrees and as the youngest side of the tournament.

The men in strip yellow begin their campaign with a hard-fought challenge against competition’s newcomers Malaita Crusaders losing 29 – 13. They continued their fighting approach against Diesel RC in which the result could have turned either way in a 0 – 12 close match fit.

The young guns put up a brave challenge against heavy weights Henderson Hammerheads losing 3-50 on round 3 of competition – before bagging maximum points so far in the competition in a brave encounter against Islanders 23 – 47.

“Since our first game we did not do too well, but we keep working to improve on areas of the game,” Ofia said.

 “We worked in our defence first and from there we work on how we attack and then on how we can score points and it is evident in our game against Islanders where score points. The boys still not that strong enough just yet especially on their experience as teenagers, but foremost it’s a progressing thing team for us.

SOSA currently sits bottom of the Man Up Challenge standing and will take on MOI Warriors in the final round before both sides head-on again for the 5th & 6th playoff to decide who will escape the competition’s bottom finish.

“Only on the field will decide what the result is, and as always we will put up a good challenge against whoever is our next opponent,” Ofia expressed.

“These are new talents, and we are looking forward for their exposure in more upcoming competitions.


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