The rugby 7s event at the 2022 Cook Islands Games saw a dramatic finish with Atiu claiming gold medal in the closely contested men’s competition.
Atiu claimed gold medal in the
men’s rugby 7s final on Friday after thumping Mauke 22-0 at the National Stadium
The Atiu power game and player
depth proved too strong in the end with tries scored by Lai Rogorogoivalu,
Stephen Willis and Joshua Jim. Atiu was also awarded a penalty try.
For Mauke the Akava brothers
Tangi and Brian and Sammy “Doom” Rauraa tried hard, but in the end team Atiu
finished much stronger.
In the bronze medal playoff,
Aitutaki defeated Mangaia 24-19 in an exciting match that went into
golden-point extra time.
Aitutaki made a brilliant
comeback to level the match 19-all after Mangaia led by 19-0. The side scored
right on the fulltime hooter to equalise 19-all.
Aitutaki’s golden-point winning
try was scored by ex-Cook Islands 7s rep Bruce Goldsworthy, who also scored a
brace to help level the score. Tyson Oaariki scored the team’s other try
while Leo Roa converted two tries.
Mangaia’s tries were scored by
Nathan Nabou who grabbed a brace and Tony Tou. Nabou also kicked two successful
In the women’s division,
Mitiaro won all matches for outright gold medal. Outstanding players in this
division were Rima Browne (Mitiaro) and Hinnah Tatuava (Mauke).
The U18 men’s gold medal went
to Aitutaki for winning all their matches and Atiu proved too strong for Rarotonga
in the U14 grade.