Women sevens finish on high

Monday November 12, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Finishing sixth the Oceania Championships in Fiji at the weekend means the Cook Islands men’s sevens squad has qualified for the 2019 HSBC Hong Kong 7s tournament.

 

The Vase Samania-coached team kicked off their Oceania campaign with a first up 24-5 pool play win against Vanuatu on day one before going down 27-0 to Australia.

In the quarter finals the local lads were defeated 19-12 by Samoa before edging out New Caledonia 19-5 to reach the 5th and 6th playoff against Tonga, who eventually won the hard-fought match 29-12.

While the Cook Islands women were competitive at the Oceania Championships, they were unable to qualify for the world rugby sevens series.

However, the women fought valiantly to reach the 5th place playoff at the Oceania Sevens Championships – their highest ever finish at the Oceania Rugby Sevens tournament.

After two hectic days of games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji, the local women’s team faced Samoa in the women’s 5th place playoff.

It was an evenly-contested match, but Samoa edged out the tenacious Cook Islands 10-5 to win the battle.

Meanwhile on the local rugby scene there will be an Under 16 College 7s Tournament for both boys and girls.

The tournament will be run on December 7 and 8, with a boys and girls team from Kerikeri High School and a Tasman Combined Boys team confirmed to attend.

Kerikeri High School girls are the 2017 U15 Condor 7s champions.

 Local colleges are in preparation mode for this inaugural tournament as we look to development pathways from home.

The tournament will be followed by the Cook Islands Under 18 7s schools boys and girls team tour to New Zealand to attend the World Schools 7s Tournament in Auckland on December 14 and 15. 

            - CIRU/MW

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