Poor start for defending touch champions

Wednesday February 03, 2016 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Action from the open women’s muster competition last week. The Cook Islands Touch Association 2016 season started proper on Monday at Nikao Field. 16020219 Action from the open women’s muster competition last week. The Cook Islands Touch Association 2016 season started proper on Monday at Nikao Field. 16020219

The Cook Islands Touch Association 2016 season opener got off to an exciting start at Nikao Field on Monday.

 

But not so exciting for the defending men’s and women’s champions as they suffered losses in the opening match of the season.

Defending women’s champion Bounty Hunters went down to 2 Sharp 3-5 in the opening match of round.

The match between Bounty Hunters and 2 Sharp was filled with excitement as both teams drove hard against each other to gain yards to better their scoring opportunities.

Mother and daughter combination, Edith Nicholas and Maeva Poaru, led the push for the Bounty Hunters but 2 Sharp responded well with their rolling settles led by Alex Masters and Julz Westrupp. 

The tit-for-tat battle eventually went 2 Sharp’s way after the side scored the last try of the game to take the maximum (two) points from the match.

In the other women’s clash, Nukz Power and FBI fought a close battle and despite creating some excellent opportunities, they were locked at 1-all at the end.

FBI scored its first try through young Paeru Ngaroi but the gutsy Nukz Power ladies fought back with good settles to force a scrambling FBI defence back beyond the try line and sneak in with the only try in the second spell to salvage a draw.

The final women’s match saw a combination of youth and experience in both teams with M&M’s edging out Vaine Toa Skittles 5-4.

The men’s competition also saw some powerful performances with speed and skills at fore from the participating teams.

The Quick Eze team led by speedy Shane Gardner lived up to their name after thumping the Airport Jetz winning 15-3. 

In the other men’s match, Germinators defeated last year’s men’s competition winners Manatoa 7-3.

The Germinators led by Pacific Games campaigners Andy Kapi and Puna Hiro combined well with their younger teammates and executed their set plays well to pull off some exceptional tries in the win. 

“More game time for the younger Germinators lead by Aidan Kapi will see them take over the pivotal roles in the team,” Cook Islands Touch Association president Daphne Brown said.

Meanwhile the round one mixed grade competition will be held this afternoon at Nikao Field.

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