Feleti, Fui *and Etu* starting for Tonga

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  1. bartman

    bartman Immortal

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    Just to let people know the Tongan side for Sunday's clash against Samoa has been named - Feleli at starting five-eighth, Fui as starting prop.

    I'll be going to the game up here at Leeds on Sunday afternoon, so should have a report on how they go and hopefully some photos ready for Monday morning.

    http://www.therfl.co.uk/HOME/news_item_top.php?id=126 (scroll down the bottom past the England stuff)

    Tonga side for 22 October:
    Fetuli Talanoa (South Sydney);
    Tyrone Smith (Harlequins RL),
    Andrew Emilio (Bulldogs),
    Lelea Paea (Roosters > Gold Coast),
    'Etuate Uaisele (Parramatta);
    Feleti Mateo (Parramatta),
    Joel Taufa'ao (South Sydney);
    Solomon Haumono (Harlequins RL),
    Kim Uasi (Manukau Jetz),
    FuiFui MoiMoi (Parramatta),
    Richard Fa'aoso (Castleford > ?),
    Lopini Paea (Sydney Roosters),
    Willie Tupou (St George).

    Interchange:
    Mickey Paea (Sydney Roosters),
    Taniela Tuiaki (Wests Tigers),
    Sam Moa (Balmain Ryde-Eastwood),
    Maka Ritcher (Western Suburbs)
     
  2. Nikki

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    Isnt Etu one of ours too?
     
  3. bartman

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    Oh, your right Nikki. I'll bold him too.

    I've added the teams, any off-season changes pending.
     
  4. Phillips

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    thats a pretty good side
     
  5. Stagger eel

    Stagger eel Moderator Staff Member

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    hey Bart, the Samoan team may also include our new winger we signed from the Central comets, McConkie Tausa.

    look out for him.
     
  6. bartman

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    Will do Eela.

    Haven't laid my hands anywhere on the Samoan squad that actually made the flight over here yet, but should be able to get a list by/on Sunday.
     
  7. Jake the snake

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    Kris INU is playing Fullback today for the New Zealand A team against the Junior Kangaroos.
     
  8. Twizzle

    Twizzle The Alpha Male Staff Member

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    thanks Bartman,

    Feleti would have to be th biggest 5/8 in the world
     
  9. BlueNGoldBlood

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    That Tongan side doesnt look to bad, would have liked to go to this game just to see Fui and Feleti run around, oh and Etu too :lol:
     
  10. The Mack

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    Last time the team was named, Kurt Sorenson Jr was at lock, & Charlie Tonga was in the starting pack.
     
  11. bartman

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    They got beat by Fiji, so probably a slightly different bunch of players in the touring party that did/could be in Engalnd for this match and the Fed Shield tournament that follows?

    Solomon Haumono, Tyrone Smith and Richard Fa'aoso already being over here might have cost some other guys like Kurt and Charlie their spots.
     
  12. bartman

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    Well, Tonga got the victory. And Samoa have to try and qualify for the World Cup again next year, as Fiji get through on for and against.

    Fui did OK, but seemed to match every good thing (barge or big hit) with a silly thing (penalty or dropped ball) in the first half. Had a spell in each half, probably played 50 minutes in total. Made a great break downfield in the second half which led to a try a few tackles later, but Somolon Haumono stood out as the best prop on the field.

    Feleti was hot and cold, looked really dangerous early on in attack, organising runners and kicking wide for the wingers. But he made a few bad passes, bad decisions and bad kicks as the half went on, and seemed to lose his confidence a bit. Tonga had been really dominant but couldn't capitalise and turn it into points. So the halfback Taufau'o stepped up and started to take over more. Feleti made a great break in the second half though, drew and offloaded to Taufau'o who continued downfield, and a try came a few tackles later.

    I'll post some pictures of these guys after I get some sleep, but if Etu was in jersey 2 as I thought he was, then he did OK without getting much ball. Nothing flash but solid in defence, fielded all kicks taregted down his wing and had good communication with his centre. If he was in jersey 5, then he didn't capitalise off a few attacking opportunities and kicks to the in goal, and Samoa made some inroads down that side in each half...

    As for our new signing McConkie Tausa, he actually played lock for Samoa. Didn't do anything wrong or anything flash, which makes sense if he was out of position. But he still must be highly regarded to get in the starting side, as all of the Samoan bench players seemed quite talented when they came on. To be honest it looked like Samoa needed some organising either side of the ruck (or maybe they had one too many organisers in there?) and looked most dangerous when they got the ball to Carmont and attacked the left hand side.

    Tonga's next match is a tour match against Cumbria (North West England - Barrow, Whitehaven, Workington) on Wednesday night and then against England in London on Saturday. Caoch Jim Dymock is still looking pretty stylish these days too...
     
  13. Y2Eel

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    Howd our guys go bart?

    Damn your quick
     
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    how did Fui and the other go?
     
  16. bartman

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    See post #12 above...
     
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    man that tongan side is good they may go a long way what is the exact date of the world cup by the way
     
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    Tonga
    Fetuli Talanoa, ‘Etuate (Tonga) Uaisele, Andrew Emilio, Lelea Paea, Tyrone Smith, (Ali) Feleti Mateo, Joel Taufa'ao, Fuifui Moimoi, Eliakim Uasi, Solomon Haumono, Lopini Paea, Richard Fa'aoso, William Topou. Interchange: Mickey Paea, Taniela Tuiaki, Sam Moa, Makasini Richter.

    Samoa
    Tangi Ropati, Malofou Solomona, Miguel Start, George Carmont, Smith Samau, Rota Setu, Channarith Ly, Eward (Hutch) Maiava, Albert Talapeau, Shannon Stowers, Frank Winterstein, Gray Viane, McConkie Tauasa. Interchange: Chris Vaefaga, Peewee Moke, Junior Tia Kirifi, Conrad Ta'akimoeaka.

    Tonga 18 (Tuiaki, Haumono, Richter tries, Taufa'ao 3 goals) Samoa 10 (Ta'akimoeaka, Solomona tries, Ropati goal). Referee: S Ganson (England). Man of Match: Solomon Haumono.
     
  20. Nikki

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    Yayee!!! They still wore their Island shirts.. (I'd call em Hawaiin Shirts, but they are big Tongan guys) :lol:
     

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