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Surprises abound in sevens tournament

Sunday October 29, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Sevens competitors and viewers will be hoping for better weather today in the second round of the Steinlager Sevens tournament in Tupapa.


Although the weather was dismal, the results on the field were not, as a number of unexpected results came from the day.

Hosts Tupapa were surprisingly defeated by a strong Yalovata side 21-10, who actually led 21-0 at halftime.

The Eels were another team on the receiving end of an upset, as a 60m Barbarians try buried them, 12-10.

Yalovata will look to continue their winning ways against the Eels in the first semi-final, while the Panthers will try and rebound against the Barbarians in the second.

The consolation match will be between the Vikings and Atiu.

Also featuring in two games will be the U17 Cook Islands Squad against the U19 Barbarians.

In their two games last week were a stalemate, as Country won the first match 22-5 before Town claimed the second 12-5.

Meanwhile former All Black Liam Messam will be at Victoria Park today from 11am to run some coaching clinic for children.

CIRU chief executive officer Ben Koteka said the clinic would help prepare the children competing in next Tuesday’s CIPS U13 Tournament.


1.55pm: Opening Prayer (Yalovata v Eels to please line up in-front of the Admin Tent), 2.00pm: Yalovata v Eels, 8: 2.20pm: Panthers v Barbarians, 2.40pm: Vikings v Atiu, 3pm: U17 CI Squad v U19 Barbarians, 3.20pm: Bronze final, 3.50pm: U17 CI Squad v U19 Barbarians, 4.10pm: Tournament final. Steinlager 7s prize-giving to take place at the CIRU Admin Desk post-finals.

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