Boys in touch with medals

North Harbour News - - SPORT -

New Zealand’s un­der-19 boys touch rugby team clinched the tran­stas­man se­ries 2-1 af­ter beat­ing Aus­tralia 8-7 in Can­berra last Sun­day.

Show­ing equal flair and de­ter­mi­na­tion, the boys pro­duced an in­spir­ing per­for­mance to end the tour­na­ment on an un­for­get­table note.

In an­other clas­sic match be­tween the two teams, the fi­nal re­sult went down to the wire with North Har­bour’s Chris Swains div­ing over a de­fender, catch­ing the ball in mid-air and plant­ing it for a win­ning last­minute touch­down.

‘‘As soon as we scored that touch­down in the corner I knew we had it in the bag.

‘‘I can’t de­scribe the feel­ing. It tops any achieve­ment for me,’’ cap­tain Tivoli Guthrie says.

‘‘The se­ries win by the un­der-19s is a great ex­am­ple of the work that has been done to pre­pare our boys for the elite men’s grade,’’ Touch New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Joe Sprangers says.

Aus­tralia won the over­all se­ries af­ter clinch­ing the un­der-19 girls, un­der-21 women and un­der-21 men’s.

Cel­e­bra­tion time: The New Zealand un­der-19 boys team show off their medals af­ter win­ning the tran­stas­man touch se­ries against Aus­tralia last week­end.

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