Race for second spot intensifies

Wednesday February 22, 2017 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
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The race for the second place in the Bluesky Touch Open men’s competition is intensifying following an epic battle in this week’s round of games at Nikao Field.

With GAT pretty much taken command of the top place following another win over the Team 4 on Monday, the onus was on Germinators and Availables to seal the second spot on the table.

Defending champions Germinators went into the battle without their coach and national rep Andy Kapi who is sidelined due to injury.

Inspirational Peter Tare stepped up to lead the Germinators combining well with Arii to keep them in the game.  

But the Availables were unfazed by the challenge from the favourites. Guided by the beach touch most valuable player Willie Tora, they continued to press the Germinators defence in an even close game with both teams trading touchdowns. 

A spirited Availables came from behind to level the match 4-all putting the second place spot in the men’s competition wide open.

In the women’s competition, the Nikz team continued with their impressive run led by their younger players who are getting better by game. 

Young Nichol and Rima Browne proved a handful for the star-studded and defending champions Nukz Power maidens. 

Despite a brave effort, Nikz were unable to stop the dummy half scoop from the key Nukz Power player and national rep Sunielia Tom who was able to offload to her teammates out wide to score successive points. 

Nukz Power used their experience in attack and defence to win the match 7-1.  

FBI and Bounty Hunters, who went into the match tied on equal points, battled in another close and exciting clash on Monday.

FBI was eyeing for their second win over Bounty Hunters while the latter after their first win.

“Both teams working hard on defence and attack and for a while FBI led the game until young Tiare Enoka spotted a casualness in the FBI defence to cleverly clap on the speed and slip through two FBI defenders to level the game,” Touch president Daphne Brown said.

“Working hard and leading the way for Bounty Hunters was national rep touch stalwart Edith Nicholas putting on the hard drives and marshalling her team around the field.”

Locked at 2-all, the Bounty Hunters caught FBI offside on the try line to score the winner.

Meanwhile the juniors - aged between 8 and 15 - will begin their games programme on Field 3 today at 5pm. 

The Bluesky Mixed competition will also kick off at 5pm today. 

Results 

Team 4 0 GAT 5, Germinators 4 Availables 4, Bounty Hunters 3 FBI 2, Niks 1 Nukz Power 7.

Fixtures

5pm Field 1 ICI Transformers-Nukz Power (Referees:Tua/Pius), Field 2 MFEM-NT Aroa (Referees: Pozo/Didi), Field 3 Juniors; 5.40pm F1 TB-Mangaia (Referee:Kris/Julz), F2 Top Kopz-Rehab Rascals (Referees:Tua/Terry); 6.20pm F1 007-Southcoast Scorpions (Referee: Pius/Pozo), F2 Team ATT-Bluesky (Referees: Terry/Willie).

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