Touch heads into playoffs

Wednesday March 09, 2016 Written by Published in Touch Rugby

The playoffs for the top four teams in each pool in the mixed touch rugby match will kick off today at the Nikao Field.


This week’s mixed competition marks the beginning of the road to the final series.

Last week was the last pool round games which determined the placing for each team in Pool A and Pool B.

The playoffs will have the four teams (1-4 placing) in each pool playing cross over games. The bottom 2 teams (5-6) in each pool will also play cross over matches.

Cook Islands Touch Association president Daphne Brown said the top four teams in each pool will have a chance to play in the Cup finals, should they win every game.

“For teams that win, they will progress to Semi-Finals.  If they win those games then they progress to the Cup Grand Finals.

“The winners from the Semi-Finals will play in the Cup Grand Finals and the losers will play for placings, 3rd and 4th placing.  The rest of the teams will play for minor placings.”

Meanwhile in this week’s men and women’s competition held on Monday, the women saw some tough action as they rounded up their round two games before heading into the final series.

Heading into this week’s round, the teams were only separated by a point each and they fought tooth and nail to finish strongly and be placed in a good position in the semi finals. 

There was a close and exciting contest between 2 Sharp and FBI.

A determined FBI scored the first try of the game and went into second half leading by a try. 

An equally determined 2 Sharp fought back with good settles and having pushed FBI onto the five metre line, with a quick play found an overlap to sneak in a try to equalise.

Both teams continued to battle it out on attack and defence and neither broke through the solid defence, ending the match in a 1-all draw.

The intensity and the excitement continued with another blockbusting performance from Nuks Power and Bounty Hunters,

Second round leaders Nukz Power and last year’s champions Bounty Hunters settled well but it was the former’s excellent defence that disturbed Bounty Hunters.

In an attacking and close play to the try line, Nukz Power ran excellent lines to see Lisa Tatakura dive onto a ball in flight to score an outstanding try from Nukz Power. 

Nukz Power were at it again under the leadership of their general Tutai Ngametua who combined with national rep Jan Dawn Taia to give them a 5-3 win.

In the men’s competition, Airport Jetz came out in full force and won easily over Manatoa 5-0.  It was another tough tussle between the top two teams of the competition, Germinators and Quick Eze, who were battling out for the number one spot on the points table. 

Both teams boasted youth, speed and skills but it was the Germinators that capitalised on under strength opponent.

Quick Eze mounted pressure on attack and defence guided by their playmakers Andy Kapi and Puna Hiro.  Outstanding for Germinators which won 4-1 was young Arii Nicholas. 


Today: Field 1 5pm Southcoast Scorpions -Top Kopz, F2 007-Airport Allstarz; 5.40pm F1 ICI-Bluesky, F2 Aroa T Bag-CITC Liquor; 6:20pm F1 Nukz Power-Mangaia, F2 Team ATT- MFEM


Pool - A Placings: 1. 007, 2. NukzPower, 3. Top Kopz, 4. Bluesky, 5. Aroa T Bags, 6. MFEM


Pool - B Placings: 1. ICI, 2.Southcoast Scorpions, 3. Mangaia, 4. Airport Allstarz, 5. Team ATT, 6. CITC Liquor       

1 comment

  • Comment Link Tangaroa Whitiora Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:22 posted by Tangaroa Whitiora

    Just read the touch news about the touch finals for the mixed next Wednesday if I'm correct.

    I fly into Rarotonga on Wednesday 16th March and would love to ref the finals as a neutral Referee if allowed

    I am NZ National referee but have Cook Island connections.

    Can this be passed on to Daphne Brown please

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