Mixed Touch set for showdown

Wednesday April 19, 2017 Written by Published in Touch Rugby

Giants 007 and Southcoast Scorpions are set to battle in a titanic Bluesky Mixed Touch Open Competition final today at Nikao Field.

 

The two sides that have had success in past tournaments made it through to the showdown after overcoming their opponents in intense semifinal matches last week.

In the opening mixed semifinal on Wednesday, a pumped up ICI Transformers, which took on the field without any subs, played the Southcoast Scorpions.

In a tense encounter, Scorpions worked on its favoured position on the five metres to score while ICI relied on their strategy to get the ball out wide to score.

“The ref had to make a few hard calls but he was helped by the players on both sides showing excellent sportsmanship and honesty in admitting to missed touches,” Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said.

Both teams were locked at 9-all at the fulltime and to determine the winner, the game went into an extra time drop off. 

The Scorpions kicked off and worked up to the five metres, but were unable to sneak in for a try with their set of six touches.

ICI was unable to make anything from their six touches.

Peter Marsters of the Scorpions then took advantage of the numbers and sneaked in with a try to win the match 10-9.

In the other semifinal, which proved equally tough, competition leaders 007 took on the fourth placed TB.

The Bim Tou-led TB led in the opening spell, but 007 clawed their way back into the game to level the score 4-all. Just before full-time, 007 scooped from the 10-metre mark to break the defensive line for the winning try.

In the social finals, Rehab Rascals will take on Top Kopz.

The Rehab Rascals pulled off another near perfect match and proved just too strong for the MFEM speedsters, after their 10-7 win in the semis last week.

In the other semifinal, Top Kopz which went into the match as the favourites defeated NT Aroa 6-4 to make it through to the final.   

            - Rashneel Kumar

Results

Rehab 10 MFEM 7, Mangaia 7 Team ATT 8, Top Kopz 6 NT Aroa 4, ICI 9 Southcoast 10, 007 5 TB 4.

Fixtures

5pm Field 1 TB-ICI Open (Referees Julz/Tua), Field 2 NT Aroa-MFEM Social (Referees: Smellie/Koa), 5.30pm Field 1 Rehab-Top Kopz Social Finals (Referees Kris/Julz/Tua), Field 2 Team ATT-Mangaia Consolation (Referees Terry/Kris), 6pm Field 1 007-Southcoast Scorpions Open Finals (Referees: Smellie/Koa/Jnr).

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