Clubs to battle for Sevens title

Saturday October 13, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Six teams will battle it out in the Steinlager Sevens Tournament which will be held today at The Swamp in Avatiu.

 

In Pool A, Tupapa Panthers will lead the charge against Atiu Island and the Cook Islands under-18 squad.

Pool B will be led by Avatiu Eels and will feature Manatoa and Phoenix (team from Ngatangiia).

Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka is hoping the competition generate interest around the country as they head into the Cook Islands International Sevens early next month.

He said it would provide a good opportunity for the local players to test their mettle.

“We also have a new team Phoenix, from out Ngatangiia way, sure to create some extra interest and excitement at this weekend’s competition too,” Koteka said.

“Just who will win this weekend is anyone’s guess – obviously only the fittest teams will survive with the victorious team expected to play four fast and furious matches that same afternoon.”

The competition will kick-off at 12 noon with the U16 College Sevens Tournament.

This tournament will feature four teams including the touring Mt Albert Grammar School (MAGS) development side.

The MAGS are riding high after two wins this week against the Tereora College (33-5) on Tuesday and the Rarotonga XV on Thursday.

Against the Rarotonga XV at Victoria Park, a well drilled MAGS were able to resist a strong second-half comeback from the host to win 38-15.

“The MAGS game plan to attack the locals on the edges worked to perfection with their first two tries (3rd and 8th minute of play) scored by their fleet-footed right winger Tama Anderson who dotted down in the corner. Both tries beautifully converted from the sideline by their first five eighth Dylan Moon,” Koteka said.

Another try to their big number eight Tyrell Peita and also a drop kick saw MAGS lead 24-0 at the break.

However the locals did not lie down and they came back stronger in the second half, scoring three unconverted tries – a double to their hooker Rau Nga and the other try to midfielder Tomasi Bikaka.

The best and fairest players for the U18 Rarotonga XV were hardworking hooker Nga, prop Warren Ngamata and in the backline – halfback Delano Atai and utility back Willie Rani impressed.

For the MAGS, prop Craven Martin and flanker Leo Rusher and in the backs, fly half Moon and gutsy utility back and Cook Islander Kane Mave stood out.

                                                                                                                    

Fixtures

12 noon – U16 College Sevens Tournament; 2pm Pool A Panthers-Atiu, 2.17pm Pool B Eels-Manatoa, 2.34pm Pool A Panthers-U18 Squad, 2.51pm Pool B Eels-Phoenix, 3.08pm Pool A Atiu-U18 Squad, 3.25pm Pool B Manatoa-Phoenix; Interval – 15 minutes; 4pm Semi: Pool A 1st-Pool B 2nd, 4.20pm Semi Pool A 2nd.

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