Touch teams claim silver and bronze

Tuesday May 07, 2019 Written by Published in Touch Rugby

Cook Islands claimed a silver and bronze medal in the ninth Touch World Cup which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week.

 

The national mixed 30s managed a silver medal while the men’s 35 settled for bronze medal. The open men’s team was bundled out in the pool competition.

In the pool play, the national mixed 30s team lost its opening match to Australia 2-9 before beating England 7-6, Scotland 12-2, France 10-5, Chile 6-1 and New Zealand 7-6.

In the semifinal, the Cook Islands overcame New Zealand 5-3 but lost to Australia in a fiercely-fought final 3-6 to settle for silver medal.

The men’s 35 team recorded a mixed result in the pool competition. In its opening pool match, Cook Islands went down to Australia 1-9, before losing to New Zealand 3-11 and USA 4-5.

The side managed wins over England 6-5 and Fiji 8-4.

In the semis, the national side took on New Zealand and lost 3-8. In the bronze medal playoff, Cook Islands defeated England 8-6.

In the open men’s competition, Cook Islands lost to Papua New Guinea 6-8, France 6-7, United States 0-5 and New Zealand 2-18.

The team recorded wins against Wales 8-5, Netherlands 13-0, Philippines 7-4 and Ireland 10-5.

Rarotonga-based Geoffrey Halston, who was a member of the national 35 men’s team, praised the players for rising up to the occasion and achieving the result.

“Not bad for a last-minute team, with only one training session as a team,” Halston posted on his Facebook page.

“Such an honour to represent my Cook Islands, and continuing our proud legacy of success in Touch. We are definitely a nation that punches above its weight.

“Thanks to coaching staff, tour management and contingent. A very professionally run campaign. Thank you all for your support, generosity and encouragement. It helped me to achieve this and I am grateful and humbled.”

The World Cup which featured 28 nations brought the best Touch players from around the globe, battling to become the world champion.

After a highly successful staging in Coffs Harbour, Australia in 2015, the World Cup moved to South East Asia for the first time

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