Tonga 7’s team take bronze at Pacific Mini-Games

Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna
A relieved Tonga’s Rugby 7’s team has won a bronze medal at 2013 Pacific Mini-Games in Wallis Island (‘Uvea) after defeating Papua New Guinea 19 -12 on Wednesday. Samoa took gold after defeating Fiji 31-12.
The bronze medal means Tonga will qualify for the Wellington Seven’s competition in January next year.
The victory, however, is followed by a shadow of controversy after coach Eddie Waqa and half of the team originally lined-up for the Mini-Games, refused to travel by boat to Wallis Island. Waqa and the missing players were replaced, with former 'Ikale Tahi player Manu Vunipola coaching the new team.
Rugby 7’s is one of eight sports being contested at the Mini-Games. The Rugby 7’s competition included teams from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
2012 Pacific Mini-Games Rugby 7’s Results (10 – 11 Sept)
Samoa vs Tuvalu : 34 - 0
Fiji vs Wallis & Futuna: 34 – 0
Tonga vs New Caledonia: 14 – 7
Samoa vs Papua New Guinea: 40 – 0
Fiji vs Tuvalu: 55 – 0
Tonga vs Wallis & Futuna: 21 – 0
Papua New Guinea vs New Caledonia: 26-14
Fiji vs Tonga: 24-0
Wallis & Futuna vs Tuvalu: 10-12
Samoa vs New Caledonia: 66-0
Tonga vs Tuvalu: 57 - 0
Papua New Guinea vs Wallis & Futuna: 46-0
New Caledonia vs Tuvalu: 24 - 21
Samoa vs Tonga: 27 - 10
Fiji vs Papua New Guinea: 24 - 5
New Caledonia vs Wallis & Futuna: 36 - 14
Samoa vs Fiji: 19 - 12
Papua New Guinea vs Tuvalu: 50 - 0
Samoa vs Wallis & Futuna: 50 - 0
Fiji vs New Caledonia : 40 - 0
Tonga vs Papua New Guinea: 24 – 10
Wallis & Futuna vs Tuvalu: 17 - 14
New Caledonia vs Wallis & Futuna: 38 – 5
Semi-Finals 
Samoa vs Papua New Guinea: 49 - 14
Fiji vs Tonga: 24 - 5
Third Place Decider
Tonga vs Papua New Guinea: 19 - 12
  
Finals
Samoa vs Fiji: 31 - 12
Source: My Pacific 
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