Avatiu is the favourites to win Raro 7s after two wins yesterday. 22110443
The 2022 Raro 7s got off to a shaky start yesterday afternoon after teams pulled out leaving organisers to change the draws for men’s and under-18 competitions.
pulled out of the men’s competition leaving only five teams to compete for the
main title at the annual Raro 7s tournament being held at the National Stadium
the men’s teams were grouped in two pools. After Atiu pulled out, the
organisers revised the draw into round robin competition between defending
champions Tupapa Panthers, Yalovata A, Yalovata B, Aitutaki and Avatiu.
Darren Piri-coached Panthers went down to Avatiu 5-31 in the opener before
thumping Aitutaki 41-0. However in their final match of day one, the side lost
to Yalovata A 14-0.
Panthers will need to win their remaining match today against Yalovata B to
keep their final and title hopes alive.
Avatiu, coached by veteran Clive Nicholas, after beating Panthers, thumped
Yalovata B 47-10 and will take on Aitutaki and Yalovata A in their remaining matches
has two wins from three matches after beating Yalovata A 14-12 and Yalovata B
the women’s competition, defending champions Tupapa Panthers made a good start
with a 22-0 win against Aitutaki before going down to Bears 0-24.
the U18 matches, Bears beat Panthers 27-10 and Aitutaki 24-0. Two teams – Atiu
and Mangaia – pulled out of the U18 competition.
men’s – Panthers 5 Avatiu 31, Yalovata A 12 Aitutaki 14, Aitutaki 0 Panthers
41, Avatiu 47 Yalovata B 10, Yalovata B 12 Aitutaki 24, Yalovata A 14 Panthers