Town win preseason premier clash

Monday July 16, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Tama Nicholas, left, contests for the ball in a lineout. He scored two tries in Town’s 35-17 win over Country on Saturday. 18071510 Tama Nicholas, left, contests for the ball in a lineout. He scored two tries in Town’s 35-17 win over Country on Saturday. 18071510

Town won the premier grade match in the preseason Rarotonga Club 15s competition over the weekend.

The side defeated Country 35-17 in the preseason hit-out clash at Raemaru Park on Saturday.

Tama Nicholas managed a brace while Aljamain Epati, Toru Katuke, Lai Rogorogoivalu, James Nand and Viiga Ruepena grabbed a try each in the win.

For Country, Steven Willis, Tanire Mokoroa and Tomasi Bikaca scored a try each. Bikaca also managed a conversion.

The match was to allow players some game time ahead of the competition proper, which is expected to start this weekend.

“The match was played in good spirit. We wanted to have this preseason earlier but we hope this has given teams and players a good start to the (domestic 15s) competition,” said Ben Koteka, Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager.

In the other grade matches played on Saturday, Country won the U16 clash 46-0 while Town managed wins in the U11 and U13 matches, 20-10 and 15-5, respectively.

Meanwhile, Rangiora High School 1st XV coach Glen Dunseath is in the country to scout for talent and offer players an opportunity to be part of his team.

He will be hold a scouting drive session at the BCI Stadium in Nikao today starting at 5pm.

“This session will include fitness and skills testing and some open discussion around school and rugby life in Rangiora and how the scholarships work,” he said.

“Expressions of interest for this can be sent to Ben Koteka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just turn up before 5pm to register your interest.

“For anybody interested that would like a little more information I would encourage them to visit the Rangiora High School Rugby Facebook page to see activity.” 

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