Samoa 7s addressing discipline issues ahead of Oceania and Gold Coast 7s tournaments

Samoa 7s addressing discipline issues ahead of Oceania and Gold Coast 7s tournaments

Patrick Fa’apale is going to be pushed harder than usual at Samoa 7s training over the coming few days. Already suspended for two weeks for a retaliatory punch in the Pacific Mini Games semis against Tonga, the Manu Samoa 7s player has an additional penalty lined up against him. "He’s going to be running alot of 200 metres today,” said coach Viliamu Punivalu this morning.

Patrick Fa’apale is going to be pushed harder than usual at Samoa 7s training over the coming few days.

Already suspended for two weeks for a retaliatory punch in the Pacific Mini Games semis against Tonga, the Manu Samoa 7s player has an additional penalty lined up against him.

"He’s going to be running alot of 200 metres today,” said coach Viliamu Punivalu this morning.

Back home with the gold medal over the weekend the team assembles for training at Apia Park late afternoon today. Punivalu said it was silly of Fa’apale to have retaliated because he was red carded and it could have cost the game. He was glad the suspension didn’t occur at an IRB tournament.

Fa’apale faced a six-week suspension but this was reduced to two weeks when it was judged by the judiciary that his first reaction was to push with open palms an opponent away.

“The Tongan punched first,” said Punivalu.

Fa’apale punched back and was red carded.At the Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna the players were united and worked together, the coach said. They trained for the event as if it was an IRB tournament, he said.

“We didn’t take any team lightly.”

Of the new players Xavier Martel and Sonny Fereti played well while amongst the more experienced players Levi Asi Fa’amatala stood out.

But others in the 28-man training squad who have been dedicated trainers have to be given a go.

Punivalu said only four who played in Wallis and Futuna will be picked for the next Manu 7s assignment, the Oceania FORU (Federation Oceania Rugby Union) 7’s in Fiji on October 4 – 5.

At the Mini Games venue the players were told to celebrate their gold medals but that the next day, it was time to start preparations for the Oceania.

Management started work for the Oceania that night, said Punivalu.

“We have more weaknesses than strengths,” he said.

And there is so little time to the first IRB tournament of the year, he said.