Mount Maunganui Intermediate created a slice of history today, becoming the first local team to capture the rugby sevens title at the NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga.
And they did so in some style, grinding the bigger Kelston Intermediate side into the Waipuna Park mud in a relentless display of committed defense.
Captain Ethan Stuart sealed the 12-0 win with a late try, adding to Josh Nicholson’s first-half strike, but it was their tackling that made all the difference.
“They were big boys and good steppers and good passers but we got stuck into them right up until the end,” Stuart said. “We kept our communication up and that gave us confidence as we moved through the tournament – history was made, as we’ve never even made the semis before.”
Mount accounted for defending champions St Peters Auckland in the quarterfinals, then beat arch-rivals Tauranga Intermediate in the semifinals, while Kelston eased past Pukekohe 15-0 in their semi.
|NZCT AIMS GAMES RUGBY SEVENS BOYS RESULTS 2015||NZCT AIMS GAMES RUGBY SEVENS GIRLS RESULTS 2015|
|1st||Mt Maunganui Int – Mt Maunganui||1st||Royal Oak Intermediate – Auckland|
|2nd||Kelston Intermediate – Auckland||2nd||Finlayson Park School – Auckland|
|3rd||Pukekohe Intermediate – Pukekohe||3rd||Tawa Intermediate – Wellington|
Anchor Boys Rugby Sevens Tournament Team: Junior Seko-Fausia( Kelston Intermediate), Mitchell Irwin (Mt Maunganui Intermediate), Piki Mihinui ( Peachgrove Intermediate), Chris Vinipola (Royal Oak Intermediate), Epoki Polaapau (Tauranga Intermediate), NJ van Biljon (Mt Maunganui Intermediate), Wiremu Heyblom (Te Puke Intermediate),Filipe Vakasiuolab( Katikati College), Mahu Paddy (Pukekohe Intermediate), Soane Mapa (Kelston Intermediate), William Veilofia (Pukekohe Intermediate), Ethan Stuart ( Mt Maunganui Intermediate)
Anchor Girls Rugby Sevens Tournament Team: Kanui Wetini-Waititi (Te Whare Kura o Te Teko), Urutomo Poroa (Tauranga Intermediate), Mareikura Jenkins-Peters (Finlayson Park School), Lindel Foueti ( Royal Oak Intermediate School), Meleane Hala (Royal Oak Intermediate School), Nelly Junior (Finlayson Park School), Natasha McCauley ( Te Whare Kura o Te Teko), Madisyn Ofa-Hindt (Royal Oak Intermediate), Te Awhina Smith (Tauranga Intermediate), Khi Rapson (Tawa Intermediate), Georgia Plimmer (Tawa Intermediate), Elizabeth Moimoi (Royal Oak Intermediate)