Porirua kids’ own World Cup rugby

Kapi-Mana News - - RUGBY NATIONS - By KRIS DANDO

The Porirua Rugby Na­tions Tour­na­ment was a huge hit among lo­cal schools last week, but let’s hope the win­ner is not a por­tent of things to come.

Year 5 and 6 stu­dents from 20 schools took part in the two-day com­pe­ti­tion at Onepoto Park, with Aus­tralia ( Tairangi School) de­feat­ing Ar­gentina (Post­gate School) in the fi­nal.

Play on Tues­day last week was post­poned due to rain, but the fol­low­ing two days were sunny and clear.

There was plenty of ac­tion to fol­low as the dif­fer­ent schools took up their adopted na­tions.

St Pius X School, rep­re­sent­ing the United States, were given ex­tra in­cen­tive, with mem­bers of the Ea­gles RWC squad turn­ing up to check out the ac­tion on Thurs­day.

Or­gan­iser Jess SaoleleSe­vealii said they wanted to fo­cus on this age group since they were of­ten over­looked for in­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary stu­dents for sports tour­na­ments.

She was told the teams had trained hard and it showed, with some des­per­a­tion tries out there at times.

‘‘ There’s a great buzz around at the mo­ment, and the World Cup has stirred the emo­tions of peo­ple and the kids in Porirua,’’ she said.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Fly­ing Canuck: Mikaele Finau spots a gap to burst through play­ing for Maraeroa School, rep­re­sent­ing Canada.

Photo: DEAN PEMBERTON

Tall and short of it: An­drew Su­ni­ula of the United States squad with Lili Tau­tai, 6, Mat­a­pua Mata­tia, 6, and Alyssa Sch­wal­ger, 7.

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