Rippa of a day

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART

School chil­dren from around Mata­mata took to the field at Bed­ford Park last week to com­pete in a Rippa rugby tour­na­ment.

Twenty-two teams the day.

The tour­na­ment was set up by the Waikato Rugby Union and Ki­wis­port of­fi­cer Wayne Boot­ten said it was a good way to get younger kids in­ter­ested in rugby.

‘‘Rippa rugby teaches a wide skill base – catch­ing, pass­ing, vi­sion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, step­ping and eva­sion – but it’s not too rough, there’s no tack­ling.’’

The kids pull tags off their op­po­nents in­stead of tack­ling.

A min­i­mum of five girls and five boys are re­quired in each team and Mr Boot­ten said a lot of girls were show­ing real tal­ent.

The top two teams from each age group will go on to com­pete in a Waikato tour­na­ment, and the top four Waikato teams will then play in the grand final.

Twelve teams from Waikato, King Coun­try and Thames Val­ley will com­pete in the grand final.

Win­ners for years 5- 6 were Wal­ton Pri­mary and Hin­uera School B, with Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate B and Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate A tak­ing out the year 7-8 com­pe­ti­tion.

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Lit­tle rip­pas: Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce at the Rippa rugby tour­na­ment held at Bed­ford Park last week.

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