Porirua kids’ own World Cup rugby
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.
Flying Canuck: Mikaele Finau spots a gap to burst through playing for Maraeroa School, representing Canada.
Tall and short of it: Andrew Suniula of the United States squad with Lili Tautai, 6, Matapua Matatia, 6, and Alyssa Schwalger, 7.