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Wednesday 1 February 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby


Teams brave rain in opening day of touch season
Touch players line up at The Swamp. Picture: RONNIE SI’ULEPA/ 22041314 Picture: RONNIE SI’ULEPA/ 22041314

Cook Islands Touch Association commenced their season for 2023 and rain didn't dampen spirits at the National Stadium on Monday.

In the open men's division GAT played Kaps on field 1.  GAT took out that game with a score of 9- 1. 

On field 2, there was a more balanced game between Nukz Power and Atiu Warriors.  Both teams have some experience as well as young blood.  It was a tight game with some amazing tries from both teams, until Vou Willaims took out the win with his Atiu team with a score of 3 - 2. 

In the open women's division, Nukz Power played FBI who were last year's Cup holders.  This is when the rain fell, leaving the two sides to compete in the heavy rain. Nukz Power, led by Rima Browne, managed to keep control against a spirited FBI, who was led by young Hinnah Tatuava. In the rain, Nukz Power won 4 - 3. 

The other ladies’ game was played by Nikz and Bounty Hunters.  Bounty seemed to struggle with numbers but were still able to score 3 tries against Nikz who scored 8 tries. 

The men had the last lot of games that were played at 6pm.  GAT defeated Atiu Warriors on field 1 by 6 - 4.  On field 2, Germinators, who have some good experienced players, played KAPs, a very new young team being led by Viiga. A few tries scored in this game with the final score being 8 - 3.

 The mixed category will be held today with six teams where they will play one round only and then go to playoffs with the same format as the men and women.


5pm on Field 1

Mighty Arrows vs KAPs

5.30pm on Field 1

Young Warriors vs 007

5.30pm on Field 2

Nukz Power vs Outlaws

Association president Julz Westrupp said it looks to be a good season especially with Pacific Games happening this year. “Players will want to shine to be selected and trial for the games.”

CITA would like to thank BCI and Vodafone for continuously supporting touch rugby “as 2023 looks to be a good year for touch fans”.