Defending champs back on track

Wednesday February 10, 2016 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Edmund Tupuna makes a break in the open men’s match between Airport Jetz and Germinators at Nikao Field on Monday. Germinators won 9-0. 16020907 Edmund Tupuna makes a break in the open men’s match between Airport Jetz and Germinators at Nikao Field on Monday. Germinators won 9-0. 16020907

After a losing start, defending women’s champion Bounty Hunters went a notch up to register their first win in the Cook Islands Touch Association 2016 season.

 

The side defeated FBI 5-1 in the opening match of round two at Nikao Field on Monday.

Bounty Hunters and FBI went head on head with the latter dotting down the first point which was immediately cancelled by the Hunters.

With good movement of the ball and changes of direction, Bounty Hunters easily opened up the FBI defence to quickly notch up four more tries and seal the 5-1 win.

FBI which is in a dire need to fix its brittle defence were unable to cushion the deficit despite creating some chances later in the match.

2 Sharp which proved a hit in the opening round were unable to continue their fairytale start to the season succumbing to an energetic Nukz Power side 4-6.

Both teams were stacked with the Cook Islands Pacific Games reps.

Nukz Power which was led by Apii Vavia and Jan Dawn Taia was sharp in attack and calm under pressure which resulted in the side creating scoring opportunities and sealing the win.

2 Sharp led by national reps Julz Westrupp and Alex Masters and newcomer Rima Browne showed good ball skills but fizzled to the tempo of their opponent later in the match.

The final match in the women’s competition brought an exciting touch between M&Ms and the Skittels which resulted in some scintillating tries.

Although the Skittels seemed to have notched the try of the evening, it was the M&Ms which proved stronger in the end, winning the match 8-4.

“The try of the night was a ball deflected from a shoulder of an attacking player and landing straight into the hands of an awaiting defence team player Tina Areai who scampered the length of the field to score for the Skittels team,” Association president Daphne Brown said.

In the men’s competition, the Germinators turned up with a full squad dominating its game against Airport Jetz winning 9-0. 

Quick Eze defeated Manatoa 7-4 in the second men’s match.

The mixed touch round two matches will be played today at Nikao Field.

 

Fixtures (Today)

5pm Field 1 Bluesky-Top Kopz, F2 Aroa T Bags-007; 5.40pm F1 Mangaia-ICI Transformers, F2 Southcoast Scorpions-Airport Allstarz; 6.20pm MFEM-Nukz Power, CITC Liquor-Team ATT

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