WOB and Motueka HS win sevens ti­tles

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - WAYNE MAR­TIN

Waimea Old Boys and Motueka High School Gold have con­firmed their over­all dom­i­nance with win­ning per­for­mances in Sat­ur­day’s Turf Ho­tel Motueka Sevens tour­na­ment.

Waimea backed up the pre­vi­ous week’s win­ning ef­fort at the Pic­ton Sevens with an­other un­beaten run at Sports Park Motueka to com­fort­ably win the men’s ti­tle. And the tal­ented young Motueka HS re­sponded in kind to also se­cure con­sec­u­tive tour­na­ment wins in the women’s di­vi­sion.

Late de­fec­tions by Marl­bor­ough club sides Cen­tral and Moutere in the men’s and women’s grades re­spec­tively meant an al­tered draw. How­ever, it didn’t de­tract from the over­all tone of an­other com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment in which Waimea and Motueka again pro­duced dom­i­nant per­for­mances.

Waimea ul­ti­mately proved too strong for all their op­po­si­tion, high­lighted by their even­tual 40-5 six tries to one win over Nel­son in the men’s fi­nal.

With James Lash or­ches­trat­ing Waimea’s win­ning ef­fort, they’d eas­ily pro­gressed to the fi­nal fol­low­ing a 35-19 quar­ter­fi­nal win over Marl­bor­ough club team Ren­wick and a con­vinc­ing 40-14 win over Stoke in the semi­fi­nals. Be­sides Lash, Mo Tau, Cameron Ross and Dan Hy­tongue pro­vided plenty of pace and phys­i­cal­ity to Waimea’s win­ning ef­fort.

Nel­son had beaten Marist 20-7 in the quar­ter­fi­nals and Kahu­rangi 26-14 in the semi­fi­nals, but were clearly no match for Waimea in the de­cider.

Led by sis­ters Risi and Keil­a­marita Pouri-Lane and Syd­nee Wilkins, Motueka HS Gold se­cured their sec­ond straight women’s crown with a com­fort­able 31-5 win over Waimea Old Boys in the fi­nal.

It hadn’t been as con­vinc­ing for Motueka in the round robin when they’d just held on to beat Waimea 26-22. But with this month’s Con­dor Sevens na­tional sec­ondary schools tour­na­ment now com­ing more clearly into fo­cus, Motueka proved too good in the de­cider.


Waimea Old Boys’ Mo Tau is tack­led by Nel­son’s Kim Bate­man.

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