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Ma­hara Matete gets air­borne dur­ing Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School’s 29-0 win over Pa­pamoa Col­lege on the first day of the 2019 AIMS Games boys’ sevens com­pe­ti­tion. Ear­lier in the day they thrashed Ro­to­tuna Ju­nior High School 55-0. Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, then beat Block­house Bay In­ter­me­di­ate, Peach­grove In­ter­me­di­ate and How­ick In­ter­me­di­ate schools on day two.

Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School’s girls’ and boys’ 7s teams were in ac­tion on Mon­day. The boys’ team are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and started with wins over Ro­to­tuna Ju­nior High School and

Pa¯ pa¯ moa Col­lege while the girls drew with Ngatea School then beat Mokoia In­ter­me­di­ate School.

PHOTO: STU­ART WHI­TAKER

Rachel Runga scores Te Puke’s open­ing try in the 19-19 draw with Ngatea School.

RUGBY PHO­TOS /STU­ART WHI­TAKER

Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate’s Marco Miln on the way to scor­ing a try against Pa¯ pa¯ moa Col­lege.

Hoani Ste­wart looks to break through the Pa¯ pa¯ moa de­fence.

Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate’s Ripene Smith gets to grips with the op­po­si­tion.

Teare Ta­iapo looks for a gap.

Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School’s Dane-a Kopa on a strong run.

Ti­nus Nel won Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate’s first medal on Mon­day in this year’s AIMS games with bronze in the Mens Artis­tic — Fly­ers cat­e­gory.

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