Tuesday October 28, 2014 Written by Ruck & Maul Published in Rugby Union

After a slow start last week the Avatiu Eels were definitely on fire on Saturday at the Swamp sealing first place with a 19-10 win against the Titikaveka Bulls in the final match of the day.

Probably the difference between these two classy teams were the Eels speed men of cousins Eddie and Ingia Loloma who both scored crucial tries for the Eels in their match against the Bulls.

Best for the Bulls were Samoa sevens player Meki Mangele and impact forward Totoa Auvaa.
Other players that showed their wares throughout the day were Atiu players Etu and Fereti Iona, Tabusoro’s Eli Bendini and Willie Kauvai who brought a more settled-look to this team, Cowboys Basil Matapo and powerful forward Andrew Purua and Panthers newbies Aitu Newbigging and Rangi Piri.

Last weekend saw a definite lift in playing standards as teams put together their final preparations and plans for this week’s major tournament the Cook Islands International Sevens in Heaven Tournament.

CIRU would like to say meitaki maata to major sponsors CITC and also the host club Avatiu Rugby Club for the use of your wonderful facilities including assistance from MP Albert Nicholas Jnr.
Full results – Eels 31vs Panthers 0, Bulls 12 vs Atiu 12, Eels 21 vs Tabusoro 0, Atiu 19 vs Cowboys 7, Bulls 26 vs Tabusoro 5, Atiu 10 vs Panthers 0, Tabusoro 17 vs Cowboys12, Eels 19 vs Bulls 10.

This week we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cook Islands International Sevens in Heaven Tournament however before the tournament kicks-off RB Training Coordinator Talemo Waqa will be in Rarotonga to conduct a “Get into Rugby” workshop and also deliver an IRB Level 2 Rugby 7’s Match Official course during the week.

The IRB “Get into Rugby” programme is part of the IRB strategy to increase participation in Rugby across the World.
The aim of the programme is to increase the number of new players, coaches and referees each year with a try-play-stay strategy.
With Rugby sevens now an Olympic sport it is important, where possible that everyone in the rugby family is involved.
Outer Island trainers from Aitutaki, Mangaia, Mauke and Atiu will also attend this “Get into Rugby” workshop on Tuesday from 9am to 4pm at the CISNOC building in Nikao.

Any interested parents who would like to coach or referee are most welcome to attend – please contact Ben Koteka mb54469.