AT unbeaten, FBI cause upset

Wednesday February 15, 2017 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
AT unbeaten, FBI cause upset

Newcomers GAT (Get a Touch) have become the top contenders for the men’s title in the 2017 Bluesky Open Touch Competition.

The side continued its unbeaten run after thumping defending champions Germinators 10-2 in the feature men’s match of round four on Monday at Nikao Field.

The Puna Hiro-led GAT had defeated Germinators in the opening round of the competition.

GAT, which had the services of a number of former Cook Islands national touch reps from Australia, were on top form in the opening match of round.

The imports combined well with the local GAT boys talking their way through the touch plays to turn on an excellent display of classy skills and speed to register a comfortable win.

GAT player Maiti Samson said although the win had put them in the driving seat, they were wary of the other teams in the weekly competition.

He said they were taking a game at a time.

“This is our first time in this competition and it has been a good experience so far,” Samson said.

“We know that we are now the top contenders, but we still want to maintain our focus and remain humble.

“We are fortunate to have the likes of Puna Hiro who has been guiding the young players in our team well. We are looking forward to our remaining matches in this competition.”

In the other men’s match, the Availables won by default 5-0 over Team 4.

In the open women’s competition, two exciting matches were held.

First up, it was Bounty Hunters taking on Nikz with both teams fielding visiting locals.

Nikz scored the opening point from the kick off, but Bounty Hunters rallied and under the guidance of visiting Cook Islands national rep Tuatai Joe and leadership of young Maeva Poaru, got back into the game. 

“Both teams were strong on defence and on attack trading tries to eventually finish off in a high-scoring game 8-7 to Bounty Hunters. Outstanding for Nikz was Moari Allsworth with some clever plays,” Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said.

In the other women’s match, competition leader and defending champs Nukz Power suffered their first loss against the mighty FBI.

FBI after last week’s loss came out of the blocks firing and scored the opening points through good settles and a quick plant and scoop from Rima Moekaa to Tepaeru Ngaroi on the wing.

Both teams worked hard on defence and attack, but it was the FBI middles that were able to break the Nukz Power defence with quick plays to score out wide through Jez Karika, who managed a brace.

“FBI dominated on defence causing the Nukz Power maidens to make some uncharacteristic errors,” Brown said. 

“Saving the game for FBI were youngsters Tepaeru Ngaroi and Tiarn Brown running down the Nukz Power speedsters to give FBI the win 3-2.”

Meanwhile the postponed mixed touch matches will be played today.

Results

Men’s – GAT 10 Germinators 2, Team 4 0 Availables 5; Women’s – Bounty Hunters 8 Nikz 7, FBI 3 Nukz Power 2.

Fixtures

5pm Field 1 Mangaia-Southcoast Scorpions (MX), Field 2 Touch Fans-Bluesky (MX); 5.40pm Field 1 Team ATT-Top Kopz (MX), Field 2 NT Aroa-Rehab (MX); 6.20pm Field 1 007-ICI (MX), Field 2 TB-Nukz Power (MX).

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