Top teams off to flying start

Saturday February 06, 2016 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Action from the women’s open grade warm up match. The second round of Cook Islands Touch competition will be held next week. 16020528 Action from the women’s open grade warm up match. The second round of Cook Islands Touch competition will be held next week. 16020528

Top teams made a blistering start to their season in the mixed grade during round one of the Cook Islands Touch Association weekly competition on Wednesday.

 

Top clubs have raced into lead after winning their opening matches at Nikao Field.

The afternoon heat was unable to stop MFEM tax collectors from accumulating their first points for the season after overcoming the law enforcers Top Kopz 4-1.

On field two, Southcoast Scorpions managed to find their footings early into the match and moved into top gear with their speedster Shane scoring a number tries to help the side beat Mangaia 9-2.

The young Mangaian outfit tried to put up a fight but inexperience was evident in the side as they failed to break through the Scorpion wall.

In another exciting match, both Airport Allstarz and CITC Liquor were locked at 5-all after an intense tit-for-tat battle.

Both teams tried to outdo one another with some exciting and scintillating moves to score tries.

Association president Daphne Brown said the try of the match had to be the combination of pass, bounce, volley pat and catch which saw young Sam Tatuava cross the try line for Airport Allstarz.

“However not to be outdone, CITC Liquor came back with good clean rolling settles directed by Vaine Napa (2009 Pacific Mini Games touch rep) led to a slick dummy pass and step to score.”

Newcomers Team ATT came out in full force and took on the might of the seasoned ICI Transformers but went down tumbling 3-12.

Despite the loss, Team ATT showed glimpses of some fine play with young speedy boys who with some good coaching, can be players to look out for later in the competition.  

In the final matches of the round, Nukz Power defeated a courageous Aroa T-Bags 6-2 while Team 007 made a bullet start with a 7-3 win over Bluesky.

The round two competition will start on Monday with the open men’s and women’s matches. - Rashneel Kumar

Results

Southcoast Scorpions 9 Mangaia 2, MFEM 4 Top Kopz 1, Airport Allstarz 5 CITC Liquor 5, Team ATT 3 ICI Transformers 12, Aroa T-Bags 2 Nukz Power 6, 007 7 Bluesky 3.

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