Defending champions Tupapa Matie Bar made a flying start to their Raro International 7s campaign yesterday.
The side finished undefeated on day one of the tournament after two wins at the National Stadium in Nikao.
In their opening pool match, Tupapa Matie Bar overcame Auaua Enua 29-7 before thrashing Yalovata 29-5 in their second match.
Today, the team made up of New Zealand-based players will take on their sister club Tupapa Panthers in the opening Cup quarterfinal at 12.36pm.
The Panthers comprising the Rarotonga-based players recorded a superb 33-7 win against New Zealand’s Harbour Hawks in their first pool match.
However the team went down fighting to Avatiu Eels 0-17 in the final match of day one yesterday, to finish second in Pool D.
Despite belonging to the same club, the Darren Piri-coached Panthers, who are the local 7s and 15s champions, will go all out in a bid to knock Tupapa Matie Bar out of the tournament. The winner of this match will advance through to the Cup semifinal while the loser will battle for a place in the Plate showdown.
Atiu Warriors stacked with Rarotonga-based Samoan players were undefeated in Pool B after beating Veilomani Brothers and Arorangi Cowboys 36-5 and 12-5, respectively. The side will take on Team Transport in the second Cup quarters.
New Zealand’s Tauae Bulls finished on top of Pool C. The side defeated Team Transport 19-15 in their first pool match before overcoming Aitutaki Sevens 28-0.
The Bulls will take on last year’s runners up Cowboys in the top eight playoff.
The Clive Nicholas-coached Avatiu Eels are the Pool D winners after beating the Panthers and Harbour Hawks 21-14.
The Eels will play Yalovata, the lone Fijian side in the Cup competition, in the last quarterfinal.
In the lone women’s match yesterday, defending champions Rarotonga Brewery Raro All Stars thumped Vaine Mauke 38-0.
Day two competition starts at 12 noon with the Bowl semifinal followed by the Cup quarters.
The Cup final is scheduled for 5.15pm.
Tupapa Matie Bar 29 Auaua Enua 7s 7, Arorangi Cowboys 41 Veilomani Brothers 0, Tauae Bulls 19 Team Transport 15, Tupapa Panthers 33 Harbour Hawks 7, Yalovata 19 Auau Enua 7s 0, Atiu Warriors 36 Veilomani Brothers 5, Aitutaki 7s 7 Team Transport 28, Avatiu Eels 21 Harbour Hawks 14, Women’s Raro All Stars 38 Vaine Mauke 0, Tupapa Matie Bar 29 Yalovata 5, Arorangi Cowboys 5 Atiu Warriors 12, Tauae Bulls 28 Aitutaki 7s 0, Tupapa Panthers 0 Avatiu Eels 17
12.00pm Bowl Semi Final, 12.18pm Bowl Semi Final, 12.36pm Cup ¼ Finals,
12.54pm Cup ¼ Finals, 1.12pm Cup ¼ Finals, 1.30pm Cup ¼ Finals, 1.48pm Anz Bank Dash for Cash. 2.00pm Costume Parade, 2.30pm Women’s Raro All Stars-Vaine Mauke, 2.48pm Plate Semi Final, 3.06pm Plate Semi Final, 3.24pm Cup Semi Final, 3.42pm Cup Semi Final, 4.00pm Shield Final, 4.18pm Bowl Final, 4.36pm Plate Final, 4.54pm Women’s Raro All Stars-Vaine Mauke, 5.15pm Cup Final, 5.40pm Presentation of Awards/Front Of Grandstand