Mangaia and Mauke clash ended in 10-all yesterday. Picture: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22100621
A new men’s champion will be crowned in the Cook Islands Games rugby 7s final tonight after defending champs Pukapuka failed to make the semi-finals.
Mauke and Atiu have emerged
top bets in the open men’s rugby 7s competition after topping their pools.
The semifinals and finals will
be played this afternoon at the National Stadium in Nikao.
Mauke made a brilliant start
in Pool A beating Mangaia 12-5 before levelling with Mitiaro 5-all. In their
final pool match, Mauke thumped Pukapuka 31-5.
Mangaia finished second in the
pool after two days of competition, beating Pukapuka 34-0 and Mitiaro 17-14 in
a close clash.
In Pool B, Atiu finished on
top with 22-0 win over Aitutaki, followed by 36-7 win against Rarotonga and
27-14 against Manihiki.
Aitutaki finished in second
place after beating Manihiki 19-17 and Rarotonga 25-7.
In the first open men’s semis
at 4.36pm today, Mauke will take on Aitutaki while Mangaia will play Atiu in
the second semis at 4.54pm.
In the women’s competition,
Mitiaro leads with wins over Mangaia 31-5 and Aitutaki 32-5. Mauke defeated
Aitutaki 22-5 before drawing with Mangaia 10-all.
Mangaia will take on Aitutaki
today at 5.12pm followed by Mauke versus Mitiaro match at 5.30pm.
The latest medal tally and results were not made
available to Cook Islands News by the time this edition went to press last
night. According to Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee
(CISNOC), the medal tally and official results will be available at 9am each
9am yesterday, Mangaia maintained their top
position in the Cook Islands Games opens medal tally. The team was leading with
19 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals, amassing 143 points. Aitutaki was in
second spot with nine gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals and 97 points. Atiu
was placed third with 10 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals and 83
Mangaia also led in the youth
and masters categories.