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Cooks make good start at the Sevens

Friday November 10, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

The Cook Islands Sevens teams made a good start to their campaign at the Oceania Sevens Championship in Suva, Fiji yesterday.

 

The women’s team in its opening pool match drew with Papua New Guinea 12-all before going down to New Zealand 5-26 in its second match.

Cook Islands held the champion New Zealand side 5-5 at half time before conceding three tries in the second spell.

The national men’s team defeated Nauru in its opening pool match 27-0 and was scheduled to play New Zealand in its final pool match last night.

The Cook Islands women’s side, which stands a good chance of qualifying through to the World Rugby Women’s Sevens World Cup, was scheduled to play Tahiti in its final pool match last night.

The team had to win that match with a big margin and hope the Kiwis thrash PNG in the other Pool A match to make it to today’s semi-final.

Cook Islands women’s skipper Vaine Greig, who was part of the Black Ferns Sevens, said the match against the Kiwis was epic.

“It was good to get back out there, play against the sisters for once. I think our team really got up and showed them respect, and really put our hearts in the line out there”.

Apart from spots at next year’s Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the teams are also hoping to qualify for some tournaments in the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series.

The Oceania Sevens will end tonight.