Reds win opening Sevens tourney

Monday June 19, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Viiga Ruepena of Takuvaine Reds takes on the Titikaveka Bulls defenders in the Steinlager Sevens semifi nal. Reds won the tournament. 17061808 Viiga Ruepena of Takuvaine Reds takes on the Titikaveka Bulls defenders in the Steinlager Sevens semifi nal. Reds won the tournament. 17061808

The Takuvaine (TKV) Reds won the pre-season Steinlager Sevens senior men’s title after beating former champions Avatiu Eels 17-0 on Saturday.

 

The match, played under slippery conditions at the Happy Valley Field in Takuvaine, saw an exciting battle between the two teams eager to claim the first Sevens tournament title of the season.

The Vase Samania-coached Reds had to withstand a barrage of attacking plays from the Eels and survived through some desperate defending.

The Eels created a couple of potential try-scoring opportunities but poor ball handling because of the slippery condition marred their chances.

The Reds, who spent some time defending their try line, turned on the gas late in the first half to score a try through big outside back Tevita Niusama.

This was followed by two further tries in the second half from the Reds hard-working forwards Perry Ioane and Filipo Schmidt, sealing the 17-0 win for the hosts.

The Eels put on a powerful performance from their forwards Leki and Tamanui Nicholas in the dying stages to try to get some points but failed as the sturdy Reds kept them at bay.

Eels made it through the final without breaking any sweat after the Ngatangiia/Matavera Dragons failed to turn up for the opening semifinal.

In the other semis, Reds defeated the Titikaveka Bulls in a close tussle.

The Under-16 title went to Ngatangiia/Matavera Dragons Maroons who defeated the Dragons Green Machine 14-10.

“Players that stood out in the U16 were Avaiki Ama, Thomas Daniel, William Rani and Tremain Nicholas. U16 TKV Reds also fielded a team and some of their best players were Sila Vaomotau and Ben Tearii,” said Ben Koteka, the Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) chief executive officer.

“With CIRU sending teams to the U15 Condor Sevens and the U18 World Schools in December 2017, it is imperative to include our age-grade as part of the Sevens pre-season combination so CIRU see this as an opportunity to develop local talent from home.   

“CIRU would like to thank the TKV Reds for hosting this event, to all the teams that participated, the supporters and also to our sponsor The Bond Store and Steinlager.”

Meanwhile CIRU will host the Bluesky U13 Rarotonga Primary Schools Rugby 10s competition at Arorangi Field this Wednesday.

“So far five U13 teams are confirmed, two from Avarua School and one each from Titikaveka College, Nukutere College and Arorangi School, with a sixth team to be organised amongst some of the smaller schools,” Koteka said.

“This will be the second year of competition with Avarua School winning the inaugural tournament in 2016.”

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