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Touch Nationals (2013)

posted 30 Jul 2014, 21:36 by OC Web   [ updated 30 Jul 2014, 21:36 ]
Touch Kapiti Horowhenua in National Open Mixed final

Day 3 Nationals - Open Mixed Match Report: Kapiti Horowhenua vs Wellington

Kapiti Horowhenua started the match all guns blazing with some relentless driving that soon paid dividends; Touch Black Hamish Buick spinning the ball out wide and finding Alana Fraser free on the wing. The speed a trajectory of the ball wasn't easy to pick up and it was a fine take by Fraser who simultaneously touched down. 

Fraser was in again after 10 minutes with a similar play, this time it was Mike Tambour with the pass.

 George Albert-Jahnke got Wellington back into the match, setting up Courtney Chapman on her wing to make it 2-1. Taikina Manga crossed not long after for Kapiti though and their buffer was restored and then extended when he crossed for his second to make it 4-1.

 Kapiti's driving was effortless with their big middles eating up the metres and giving them all the running as the first half ended.

 Buick started the second half by putting the Championship further out of Wellington's reach after some quick passing unlocked some space with Buick taking the final pass in a wraparound.

The score continued to blow out with Erena Cooper scooping through the in goal and offloading to Huia Cook in the corner to make it 6-1.

 Tyson Johnson combined with Tiwi Davies to give the score a bit more respectability and produced a fine one-two combo for the second Wellington touchdown. Their third came not long after and their fourth by Connah Pamatatau but the deficit was too much. The icing on the cake was the final play off the match, featuring Buick offloading to Heneti Davis to secure Kapiti's second Mixed Championships in two years with the 8-4 win.