Ardmore Marist are the Counties Manukau club sevens champions for another year.
The Greg Hayhow-coached sided retained the Vic Hinton Cup they won last year with a 29-19 win over Karaka-
Wesley at Colin Lawrie Fields in Pukekohe last Saturday.
The win means Ardmore Marist have three of Counties Manukau rugby’s most sought-after trophies – the McNamara Cup for the 15-a-side premiership, the Counties Power Challenge Cup and the club sevens title – in their trophy cabinet.
Manager Bevan Murray says the win is testament to the importance Ardmore Marist places on sevens rugby and the structures it has to support it.
"We see sevens rugby as an avenue for our players to get exposure," he says.
Murray says the win was based on scoring early points and an aggressive defence that pressured opposing teams into making mistakes.
Stu Te Tamaki had a blinder, he says.
"He was our player of the tournament. He played every game, made the most tackles and dominated the kickoffs."
The team was captained by Kaino Kaino, brother of All Black Jerome Kaino.
Ardmore Marist Blue beat Patumahoe 19-7 in one semifinal and Karaka-Wesley beat Weymouth Blue 12-5 in the other.
Pukekohe Strong won the bowl final, beating Weymouth White 19-12.
Ardmore Marist Red won the plate final, beating Counties Manukau Samoa Warriors 44-14.
Glen Fisi’iahi of Karaka-Wesley was the tournament’s top tryscorer with eight.
- Manukau Courier
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