Avele, Leifiifi clinch shields in Week 1 of Rugby 15s

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ZONE A RUGBY KICKS OFF: Leifiifi College with the U-17 shield made by Leifiifi instructors for Zone A. (Photos 2, 3, 4) The U-15, U-17 and U-19 shields. (Photo 5) Palalaua College during pre-match warm-ups.

(SAMOA) — Shields have been introduced in Zone A's six-week Rugby 15-a-side competition with Avele winning the U-15 and U-17 shields and Leifiifi the U-19 on opening day of the 2018 season.

Avele College took the U-15 shield after they defeated Leifiifi 15-5.

Avele's U-17 squad beat Falealili College by two points, the game ending 5-3 Fulltime.

Leifiifi College defeated Samoa College 29-18 to claim the U-19 shield.

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture opened its 2018 Rugby 15-a-side tournament Thursday, March 8.

Zone A rugby is every Thursday at Leifiifi Field with the shields up for grabs each week.

The shields were introduced as an incentive to have teams participate each week, especially after a team loss the previous week.

Avele currently has two shields in its possession.

Leifiifi has one.