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Saturday 12 August 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Rugby Union, Sports
New Zealand’s Tairua Rugby Football Club takes on Rarotonga Selection XV at Victoria Park on Thursday. Rarotonga won 36-11. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23081133/23081134
Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka said the final scoreline did
not do justice to the efforts of the Tairua team, who played with plenty of
heart at Victoria Park in Tupapa.
expected, the Tairua team, who play in the Thames Valley competition in New
Zealand, unfortunately they did run out of steam in the final quarter of this
match,” Koteka said.
was in the final quarter of this match that the Rarotonga Selection XV (RSXV)
were able to score two converted pick and go tries to their bigger forward pack
that bolstered the final result.
thanked Papa Derek Rope for bringing the Tairua team over to help with rugby
development and the golf fundraiser held yesterday for the Pacific Games.
to see popular ex-1980s All Black star Hika ‘The Hooker from Ngongotaha’ Reid
at this match, offering his support and encouragement as well,” he said.
to see some of the younger RSXV teenagers like Ryan Daniels, Taio Taio and
Alistair Newbigging participate at this level.”
said the best players for Tairua were their livewire flanker Shane Johnson and
solid inside centre and goal kicker Logan Matai.
the local team, strong-running winger Rudi Sifa, who scored a brace of tries, and
number 8 Totoa Tuia stood out.
further thanked Tupapa Rugby Club for the use of their facilities and staff,
and also for the post-match kaikai that was enjoyed by all.
Selection XV: 36 (Tries: Rudi Sifa , Apollo Johnson, Faafoi Lualua,
Alistair Newbigging and Totoa Tuia. Conv: Daniel Toa ) Tairua [NZ]: 11 (Try:
Cade Elliot. Pen: Logan Matai )