Cook Islands mixed Touch to play Fiji for bronze

Friday July 19, 2019 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Cook Islands touch rugby team against Samoa at the 2019 Pacific Games. Cook Islands touch rugby team against Samoa at the 2019 Pacific Games.

IT'S a case of déjàvu for the Cook Islands mixed touch team, who will meet Fiji this morning in the bronze medal final at St. Joseph's College in Faleata, Samoa.

 

The Cook Islands' open women's and men's teams met their Fijian counterparts on Tuesday in the bronze finals of their respective divisions, with the national teams unfortunately going down in both events.

Despite the losses, it will be the Cook Islanders carrying the momentum heading into this morning's final, after comprehensively beating Fiji 8-3 in round three of the competition. The team had a solid outing yesterday, narrowly going down to hosts Samoa in their semi-final match.

The side found themselves in a position to make the gold medal final, after dominating Tonga 12-4 on the opening day of the mixed competition, boosting their confidence heading into the second round.

The team took on Fiji in their second match, seeking vengeance for the defeats.  They dominated the Fijians from the outset, winding up 8-3 winners. Fatigue hit the Cook Islanders in their final match of round play, the team going down to a dominant Papua New Guinea side 5-13.

It was a back-and-forth tussle for the Cook Islands in their semi-final against Samoa, with both teams exchanging leads multiple times before the halftime break.

The second half was much the same, with the game becoming a battle of attrition. Unfortunately, the hosts pipped the Cook Islanders right at the end, walking away 7-8 victors much to the delight of the local crowd.

Meanwhile in tennis, the duo of Tamara Anderson and Brett Baudinet were battling for bronze in the mixed doubles competition at the time of this paper going to print. The pair found themselves in the bronze medal final after going down to Colin Sinclair and Carol Lee from the Northern Mariana Islands in their semi-final match 7-5, 6-3. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday afternoon, but was delayed halfway through the first set due to heavy rainfall in Apia.

Anderson and Baudinet were still waiting to find out who their opponents would be at the time of this paper going to print, the loser of the other semi-final having to play back-to-back matches.

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