Visiting rugby teams start their tour on a high

Monday July 09, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

A more disciplined and composed Kaitaia College team were able to defeat the U18 Country team on a wet and slippery Ngatangiia Field last Friday.


The Country team got off to a good start to lead at the halftime break by 12-3.

However, the hardworking Kaitaia team were able to score two unconverted tries later in the second spell to win by 13-12.

For the Country team, number eight Warren Ngamata, midfielder Tangi Akava, fullback Brian Akava and livewire halfback William Rani were the best performers.

The best players for Kaitaia College were midfielder D’Angelo Tahitahi and TeKani Nathan, and also forwards Harley Adams and Blake Wassink.

Meanwhile, the U12 Collaroy Rugby Club from Sydney, Australia took part in a mini tournament at Raemaru Park on Saturday.

The mini tournament included the visiting club, Arorangi Cowboys and the Ngatangiia Dragons junior teams.

The tournament started with a pre-match haka by the Cowboys.

“The catch and pass skills of the Collaroy team was impressive to watch.

“Three matches were played for the U12s and also an U15 match for those that turned up,” said Ben Koteka, the Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager.

“Thank you to the Collaroy team for your donation of rugby boots, which were gratefully received and appreciated and worn by all the junior players on Saturday.”

The U12 Collaroy Rugby team is accompanied by their 60-strong entourage of supporters.

            - CIRU


Kaitaia College 1st XV: 13. Tries: Cliffy Armstrong, D’Angelo Tahitahi. Pen: Theo Van Der Mei. U18 Country: 12. Tries: Tangi Akava, James Strickland. Conv: Brian Akava.


Today, Arorangi Field at 3pm: U12 Collaroy v Arorangi Cowboys; Avatiu Field at 4.30pm: Kaitaia College 1st XV v U18 Town XV. Wednesday, Arorangi Field at 8.30am: Bluesky Rarotonga Primary Schools Viva Rugby 7s Tournament. Forty-two teams (boys and girls) will participate at this tournament. Thursday, BCI Stadium at 1.15pm: Kaitaia College XV v Tereora College 1st XV. This will be the third and final match for Kaitaia College.

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