New Zealand school wins Rarotonga Under-16 7s title

Monday December 09, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union

New Zealand’s Tikipunga claimed the Air Rarotonga Under-16 College 7s title at Raemaru Park on Saturday.


The side defeated Mt Roskill Grammar 17-5 in the final played under soggy conditions.

In the semifinal, Tikipunga overpowered Te Aute 36-0 while Mt Roskill Grammar defeated Hato Paora 24-17 in a close tussle.

Tikipunga who finished the tournament undefeated beat Mt Roskill Warriors 27-0 and Arorangi Academy 15-14 in the pool competition on day one of the competition on Friday.

In the quarterfinal, the side beat Tereora College II 15-5.

Mt Roskill Grammar were also unbeaten heading into the showdown. In the pool play, the side defeated Mangaia 24-5 and Tereora I 19-5.

In the Saturday’s quarters, Mt Roskill Grammar beat Aitutaki.

Hato Paoro managed third place finish after beating Te Aute 24-10 in the playoff.

The plate final was won by Arorangi Academy who defeated Tereora College 2 20-10.

Mt Roskill Warriors claimed the bowl final after a thumping 34-5 win over Nukutere.

The shield title went to the boys from Mangaia who defeated Te Aute Barbarians 26-5.

In the girls’ competition, Tereora College defeated Tasman 26-0 in the first match before the two teams played to a 5-all draw in the second match.

In the final match, Tasman overcame Tereora 15-5. However Tereora won the title on points difference.

Tournament director Ben Koteka said the second edition of the tournament was centered on sport and culture theme.

Koteka said the event was created to build a purposeful competition pathway at home inclusive of outer islands and overseas rugby families.

There was a trophy for the best haka to promote culture as well as a Spirit of Peace Team Award to promote World Rugby global values of: Discipline, Respect, Integrity, Passion & Solidarity.

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