Day one of the competition began on Wednesday last week, and Year 7 and 8 students from different schools across the island competed for the win.
Avarua Primary School (two teams), Arorangi Primary School, Nukutere College, Titikaveka College and the Barbarians (made up of players from smaller schools on the island) are the teams competing in the tournament.
Cook Islands Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer and development officer Ben Koteka said the teams are well prepared as many of their players had experienced this tournament last year.
Avarua Primary School’s two teams are leading in both Pools A and B.
In Pool A, Avarua Team 1 defeated both Nukutere (32-0) and Titikaveka (37-0).
Koteka said there were a number of talented players that featured during these games.
“Avarua players Harrison Ezekiela and Zac Tuaati, Nukutere speedsters Johnny George and AJ Nicholas and Titikaveka players JD Parutu and Ryan Daniel.”
Koteka says all schools seem to be growing in confidence after their second matches were played.
“This proves that more Rugby 10s game time will improve their chances of a better finish,” he said.
In Pool B, Avarua Team 2 finished with a win to Arorangi (22-12) and a 10-all draw against a much improved Barbarians teams. Koteka said the players that features in Pool B were Jessie Toa and Troy Matutu (Barbarians), Oscar Wichman and Nia Remuera (Arorangi) and Teati Motu and William Andrew (Avarua Team 2).
“Thank you to Bluesky for your continued support of rugby at all levels of the rugby pyramid,” Koteka said.
The teams are looking forward to this week’s finals tomorrow at 3pm.