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Monday 9 October 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby Union, Sports
Tupapa Panthers players and management after winning the 2023 Raro Rugby 7s tournament at the National Stadium in Nikao. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/ 23100701
Panthers took on Manatoa – made up of Rarotonga-based national players – in the
men’s final after round robin competition held on Friday and Saturday.
the latter stages of this intense match with Manatoa leading 21-17, a late 60
metre solo try scored and converted by the Panthers captain Tua Ravula was
enough for them to claim victory by 24–2.
Panthers’ other tries were scored by their speedsters Rudi Sifa and the fastest
player at the tournament, Jone Baikeibau, who scored a double in the final.
Manatoa tries were scored by their winger Albert Etuete, and halves Brian Akava
and Teara Henderson. Akava received the most valuable player award (MVP).
Sydney’s Burraneer Rays were crowned the new women’s champions. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23100707
the women’s final, visitors Burraneer Rays from Sydney, Australia, and
Northland Natives from New Zealand battled.
well-drilled Rays team proved too strong in this match winning by 22-0 with the
MVP Award given to their flier Shaye Shipton, who scored a hat-trick of tries
in this match.
young Northland “Te Tai Tokerau” Natives team played with plenty of heart and
they improved with every showing at this tournament.
the U16 final, the visiting Northland Natives I defeated Northland Natives II
Northland Natives II had a few local players too. The lone Natives II try was
scored by Roma Daniel. The MVP Award went to their outstanding skipper and
utility back Ben Love.