Sevens receive boost for Pacific Games

Thursday June 27, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Cook Islands Sevens development side Manatoa featured in last week’s Pre-Season Raro Club tournament. 19062625 Cook Islands Sevens development side Manatoa featured in last week’s Pre-Season Raro Club tournament. 19062625

The Cook Islands Sevens side managed some quality game time ahead of the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa next month.

 

The Vase Samania-coached team featured in the Pre-Season Raro Club Sevens last weekend against four local clubs who are gearing up for the upcoming 15s season.

The team who entered the event as Manatoa won the tournament held over two weekends at Tupapa’s Victoria Park.

Coach Samania was not so concerned about the result but more focused on giving his players some game time before the regional event.

He thanked the clubs for participating in the tournament and giving them an opportunity to work on the technical side of the game.

“The tournament was an ideal platform to work on the technical side of the play as well as provide players the game time. We worked on areas like high tackle and the ruck area to ensure our players are well versed with the techniques,” Samania said.

“Fitness is key for us at the moment. I know it will be hot in Samoa so we need to be fit enough to play in that condition.”

Cook Islands is grouped with 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series champions Fiji, New Caledonia, Nauru and Wallis and Futuna in Pool A.

Host Manu Samoa was drawn with Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and American Samoa in Pool B.

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