The 2016 Cook Islands Touch Association season continues to bring some sparkling performances from teams stacked with both experienced and new players.
After shrugging off the cobwebs in round one last weekend, teams came fired up to put on high-scoring showings mid-week.
Top favourites Southcoast Scorpions, 007, Southcoast Scorpions and ICI Transformers maintained a winning form after taking out maximum points from their round two games.
In the opening match of the round, Top Kopz kicked off the afternoon proving too strong for Bluesky running away with a 10-3 win.
The side won its opening match 4-1 against MFEM and Wednesday’s win puts the law enforcers in the driving seat among the top mix. Defending champions 007 after beating Bluesky 7-3 in round one came out firing to record a comfortable 11-3 win over Aroa T-Bags.
The Mangaia youngsters showed massive improvements in their performance against ICI Transformers in the third match of the round.
The side had their hands full trying to contain the fancy footwork of ICI Transformers playmaker and national touch rep Puna Hiro.
But what many thought would be a one sided affair turned into a very close match and in the end, the seasoned ICI Transformers had to dig deep to hold their lead.
With their backs to the wall trailing by four points, the brave Mangaia youngsters fought back and some excellent defending from Josh and Zion helped the side to finish the game at a respectable 3-5 loss.
ICI Transformers youngsters Tamaiva Mateariki and Rima Browne put on a solid performance for the side in the win.
Southcoast Scorpions continued their winning form with a 13-3 drubbing of Airport Allstars in the other match.
Although it’s early in the competition, the current form of the Scorpions looks intimidating for other teams in the run for the title.
Another favourites, Nukz Power literally had a walk on the park after their opponent MFEM did not turn up for the match, gifting the former an easy match points.
The final match of the round between CITC Liquor and Team ATT saw a seesaw battle between both teams.
As the game progressed into the second half, it was the driving settles from the former national touch reps combination of the Robati sisters that slowed down Team ATT, putting CITC Liquor in an attacking position for their playmaker Tokyo Aniterea to set up tries.
Low on replacement fluids, Team ATT let the game slip off their hand as the side went down fighting 7-10.
The round three competition will kick off with the open men’s and women’s matches on Monday.