South Sea Islanders turn on the style in honour of Fisilau
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RUGBY fans were treated to a South Sea Islands spectacular at Brickfields last night in Keni Fisilau's Testimonial match.
Fisilau's Islanders side, which included Northampton's Soane Tonga'uiha and London Irish's Chris Hala'ufia as well as adopted 'South Seas' players Mark Lee and Dan Collier, ran in try after try to entertain a crowd of around 1,500, who had turned out to pay tribute to Albion's long-serving centre.
Fisilau, who has been at Albion for 11 seasons, also returned to action after missing the last 18 weeks due to suspension.
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After being given a standing ovation as he came out and treated to a haka by his son and his friends, Fisilau started the match at scrum-half.
Current Albion coach Nat Saumi also played for the Islanders team, who had former Bristol star Vungakoto Lilo in hot form.
The South West side featured current and former Albion players, but they were no match for the Islanders, who were 78-15 up after 68 minutes.
The South West tries came from Wayne Sprangle, Andy Matchett, who recovered from being flattered in the first half, Max Venables (2) and Ed Binham.
Before and at half-time Devonport Services under-nines played their Ivybridge counterparts.
Albion team manager Gareth Jones, who helped organise Fisilau's testimonial, was thrilled with how last night's event went.
"It was a great night," he said. "We even had South Sea Islands' weather!
"It was nice that so many people turned up for Keni."