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Kolinisau, Vici help team win pre-season game

Moiz Munif
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FORMER Fiji 7s reps Osea Kolinisau and Joshua Vici scored a try each to help their Houston SaberCats side beat Chicago Lions 61-10 in a pre-season encounter on Sunday.

The duo have been impressive in the pre-season, featuring prominently for the SaberCats - one of the seven new franchises; and awaiting the start of the inaugural Major League Rugby this April.

Vici, who scored a try just inside the first five minutes of the clash against Chicago was later declared the man of the match.

Kolinisau, the captain of the historic Fiji Olympics 7s gold medal winning team was set up by his teammates in the 26th minute. Chicago made a comeback but this was short-lived as the SaberCats powered on for a famous victory.

The side now turns its focus towards the New York Athletic Rugby club which they will face this Sunday. Following this encounter four matches remain before the start of the season proper. Meanwhile the SaberCats are set to move to its new home in 2019 after City Council signed a $3.2 million deal last week which will allow Houston SaberCats to build a 3500-seat stadium.

The SaberCats plan to finish the new facility and two practice fields at Houston Amateur Sports Park, along Texas 288 in south Houston, in time for the 2019 season.

A report on the official SaberCats page stated that the city will retain ownership of the site, lease the property to the SaberCats for 43 years and use $3.2 million from its 2012 bond package to reimburse the team for the cost of installing a 760-space parking lot and adding public utilities.

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