Touch team finally beats Fiji for bronze

Saturday July 20, 2019 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Cook Islands touch team claimed bronze at the Pacific Games 2019. Cook Islands touch team claimed bronze at the Pacific Games 2019.

COOK ISLANDS touch has finally gotten one over Fiji, beating them in the mixed bronze medal final yesterday at St Joseph’s College in Samoa.

The Cook Islanders were unlucky to not make the gold medal final after narrowly going down to hosts Samoa 7-8 in their semi-final match.

It was a back-and-forth tussle for the Cook Islands against Samoa, with both teams exchanging leads multiple times before the halftime break.

The second half was much the same, the game becoming a battle of attrition. Unfortunately, the hosts pipped the Cook Islanders right at the end.

After the loss, Cook Islands shifted focus to their bronze medal match against Fiji, hoping to claim at least one medal at the 2019 Pacific Games.

It was a wild and wet Saturday morning in Samoa for the final day of the competition. The field at St Joseph’s College had seen better days, with high foot traffic and constant rain turning the pristine field into a marshy mess.

However, both teams came out firing, with momentum going to the Cook Islands heading into the halftime break. Both teams battled torrential rain and a slippery ball, but the Cook Islanders managed to adapt better than the Fijians, eventually walking away 10-7 winners and taking home the bronze medal.

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