22 Mar 2016

Tuesday 22 March 2016

In an astonishing end to the Senior Touch season, on Saturday, 19 March the King's Touch Rugby team not only qualified for the National Competition in December, but was also crowned Regional Champions.

The team was unbeaten throughout the tournament, despite having five unavailable players due to Kapa Haka commitments on the same day.

The 6-2 result of the first game with Dilworth School, the Central Auckland winners, was a great start to the competition. The team then went on to beat Pakuranga College with a 6-5 result, followed by Onehunga High School in the last round-robin game and a 7-5 result.

King's went through to the semi-final against a well performed St Paul’s College team. Being down by two tries with a few minutes remaining, it was an impressive degree of composure that was shown to somehow claw back three late tries and win 6-5.

The final was against the only other unbeaten team, Sacred Heart College. It is hard to conceive how the team won 7-5, with influential player Bailyn Sullivan having to limp off with severe cramp after only one minute, and compounded by Piki Mihinui (only a Year 9) having to leave at half-time to make his bus home to Hamilton. The team held on from leading 4-3 at half-time, changing positions and filling in as needed.

This was an impressive win for the team to be very proud of.

The squad included Tinirau Rairi, Trent Taiaroa, Meihana Grindlay, Lukas Halls, Moses Puru (c), Isa'ako Enosa, Luke Tuhaka, Piki Mihinui, Oliva Mason, Jamie Spowart, Millenium Sanerivi and Bailyn Sullivan.