Cook Islands Rugby Union has shifted its focus to Raro Sevens after a successful Tri Nations 15s series.
A man of
the match performance by classy Samoa Residents first five eighth Viiga Ruepena
helped guide his team to a 28-20 victory in the inaugural Tri Nations 15s
decider against Cook Islands Residents side was played at Raemaru Park in
Arorangi on Friday last week.
Samoa were obliterated in the scrums, they stayed in the match through their
free-spirited running game which consistently tested the Cook Islands defence
especially in the wider channels.
side had sufficient possession but late in the match they seemed to kick it
away needlessly – much to Samoa’s delight – as the visitors gladly returned the
ball with plenty of interest.
Islands Residents led 14-10 at halftime.
the loss, loose forwards Ayden Kapi, Thomas Toa and Tereinga Henry and prop
Jeronia Raea stood out for the Cook Islands side.
Samoa, alongside Ruepena, forwards Afeleti Anau and Oswell Tunupopo, who scored
a try each, were impressive.
Koteka, the development manager of Cook Islands Rugby Union, said: “The
inaugural Tri Nations 15s has been a refreshing inclusion to the CIRU calendar,
to unify our community, the close competition added to the weekly excitement,
with the potential build local capacity.”
you to all involved; the teams – coaches and management (Cook Islands, Samoa
and Fiji), Arorangi Rugby Club – our 2020 hosts, referees, Vodafone, Vaka TV,
volunteers and supporters, meitaki ma’ata and God bless you all.”
Islands Rugby will host the U13 Rarotonga Primary Schools Championships (boys
and girls) at Ngatangiia Field tomorrow, starting from 9am.
anticipated two-day Raro Sevens tournament kicks off on Friday at the National
Stadium in Nikao.
28 (Tries: Viiga Ruepena, Afeleti Anau and Oswell Tunupopo. Conv: V Ruepena
(2). Pen: V Ruepena (2). Pot: V Ruepena) Cook Islands: 20 (Tries: Arona Ngari
and Peter Marsters. Conv: Daniel Toa (2). Pen: D Toa (2)