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U15 sevens team excels

Wednesday December 06, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Cook Islands U15 players and management. PHOTO: Supplied. 17120525 Cook Islands U15 players and management. PHOTO: Supplied. 17120525

The U15 Cook Islands sevens team made a spectacular showing at the renowned Condor Sevens in New Zealand last week, qualifying for a semi-final and finishing in the top third of the competition.


Hosted by Sacred Heart College in Auckland, the U15 squad was among 32 teams invited to the premier college tournament.

Playing against some powerhouses, the team proved their mettle in five matches over two days, and won three to claim a record.

They were dominant in their opening match against Rangitoto, winning 38-12, and showed strength of character as they overcame Rosmini 28-24.

Hamilton Boys proved much for them in the final match of Thursday, falling 5-21, but their record in the pool play earned them a spot in the plate quarter finals.

The youngsters beat Wairoa, 33-5, but were put to the sword in the semis by eventual plate winner Kings.

Made up of players from the Cook Islands and New Zealand, the team played with plenty of heart throughout the tournament, and were placed 11th out of the 32 teams.

The three local players in the squad, Haba Tamarua (hooker), Josiah Lewis (prop) and Aitutaki College player Calem Katu(halfback), played well, and were in the starting line-up on day two quarter and semi-final matches.

The U15 boys Cup Final was won by Kelston 19–10 against New Plymouth Boys High.

CIRU thank sponsors Matson, Bluesky, Air Rarotonga and Waffle Shack.

Thanks also to U15 management Robbie Atatoa, Opura Samuel, CIRNZ and the Cook Islands communities, the Parima families and the players, parents, families and supporters for their love and support.

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