Avarua makes winning start

Friday June 22, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Avarua A’s Mii Paia makes a break against Arorangi in the Bluesky U13 Rarotonga Rugby 10s Tournament yesterday. 18062120 Avarua A’s Mii Paia makes a break against Arorangi in the Bluesky U13 Rarotonga Rugby 10s Tournament yesterday. 18062120

Defending champion Avarua School made a good start to the Bluesky U13 Rarotonga Rugby 10s Tournament at Raemaru Park on Wednesday.

The Avarua A side won both of its matches, while the Avarua B managed a win and a loss but remain on track for a place in the final, which will be held on Wednesday next week.

In its opening match, Avarua A thumped Arorangi 29-0 before beating them again 27-5 in their second encounter.

Avarua B started their campaign with a 37-0 win before the side went down to the Barbarians (a combined team) 14-19 in an interesting tussle.

In their opening match the Barbarians defeated Nukutere 22-0 to remain unbeaten after day one of the competition.

“Both Avarua School teams set the benchmark, showcasing their skill and speed, although a dark horse is emerging in the Barbarians combined team consisting of players from Nikao School and Titikaveka College,” said Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka. Best players for Avarua A and B teams were Moana Ioane, James Tarau, Tylor Tereapii, Sione Pukerua, Iosefo Samania and TJ Willie.

For Arorangi, the Remuera brothers Nia and Iaveta and Oscar Wichman stood out, while Shane Piri and Sidney Browne were impressive for Nukutere. For the Barbarians, Jessie Toa, Beau Daniel and Troy Matutu were the best performers.

“The teams also received expert technical coaching support from the Cook Islands 15s squad, as well as match official and administration support too,” said Koteka.

“Once again, thank you to the Arorangi Sports Federation for the use of their magnificent field and facilities, and also our major sponsors Bluesky for your continued support of youth rugby.”

The semifinals and final will be held at Raemaru Park from 3pm on Wednesday next week.

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