The side won the girls’ division, thrashing Tereora College 39-5 while in the boys division, Kerikeri overcame Atiu College 15-12 in a close battle.
Kerikeri High School led by speedsters Mia Anderson and Manaia Webb, proved too strong for Tereora College and dominated the girls’ showdown to record an impressive win.
The lone Tereora try was scored by their pivot Tepaeru Ngaroi.
“Tereora battled hard but were unable to hold out the constant Kerikeri attack from all parts of the field,” said Ben Koteka, Cook Islands Rugby Union development officer.
In the boys final, the battle between Kerikeri High School and Atiu College proved to be an exciting one.
The visitors made an impressive start in the opening spell, leading 15-0 with tries to pivot Mason Frear, halfback Zealand Prime and forward Quinton Cotton.
“Although Atiu started slowly with more possession, the side staged a late second-half comeback with a brace of tries scored by sidestepping centre Haba Tamarua. His second try was a nice solo chip and chase effort from 80 metres out,” Koteka said.
“However in the last play of the match, an Atiu scrum feed was turned over by Kerikeri and gratefully kicked into touch to finish this match, the final score Kerikeri High School 15 and Atiu College 12.
“Post-match both teams shared in a lively haka enjoyed by all the spectators.”
In the boys’ bronze playoff, Tereora College defeated Tasman from New Zealand 12-7.
With the score locked at 7-all, Tereora College speedster Ben Sokoi rose up to the occasion and scored the winning try to help his side finish third in the two-day tournament.
“Thank you to all those who supported this inaugural age grade tournament. Overall it was a successful first up tournament, with lots of local talent on display as CIRU look to plant seed from tomorrow,” Koteka said.
Best Haka (Cultural Performance): Kerikeri High School (Boys and Girls Combined), Spirit of Peace Award: Kerikeri High School (NZ), Top Try scorer – Girls: Mia Anderson (KK) with six tries, Top Try scorer - Boys: Mason Frear (KK) with seven tries, Best and Fairest Player – Girls: Mia Anderson (KK), Best & Fairest Player – Boys: Zealin Prime (KK), Champion Team – Girls: Kerikeri High School (NZ), Champion Team – Boys: Kerikeri High School (NZ).