Maui Rugby Warriors take second at sevens tourney

The Maui Rugby Warriors won the Hawaii International Rugby Sevens Tournament plate championship – the second-place trophy – with a 28-24 victory over Marist Hawaii of Oahu on Saturday at Kapiolani Park on Oahu.

J. Hanalei Aquinde scored two tries and made both conversions for Maui, and Dusten Umeda and Fitou Fisiiahi each added a try and conversion. Maui won despite the absence of professional player Pila Taufa, who suffered an ankle injury earlier in the tournament.

Fisiiahi finished the two-day tournament with five tries as Maui went 4-2.

Vasiti Lolohea, captain of the Maui Rugby Wahine, played for the Lady Raiders, who were the event’s co-champion after a draw with the Laie Lions University Ladies.