Fraser-Tech too strong in inaugural event
Fraser-Tech dominated the inaugural Waikato Sevens championship at Te Awamutu on Saturday to take out the new provincial title.
Tech will now take their best 12 to Auckland to play alongside a Waikato side in a two-day tournament before Waikato coach Roger Randle narrows down his training squad.
Fraser-Tech Blue, coached by Dean Gage, took out the premier division final at Albert Park on Saturday, 51-10 against last year's Te Awamutu sevens winners Melville.
The strongest of two Tech teams, with Matt Vant Leven, Sam Christie, Save Tokula, Glen Robertson, Chauncy Edwardson, Kane Adams and Matt Kenny on board, had their toughest workout in the semifinals where they saw off Te Awamutu Sports Green 24-12 in a hard-fought game.
Morrinsville Sports had also looked strong with a team leaning heavily on their Fijian players, but were upset 12-10 by Melville in the semifinals.
They beat Hamilton Old Boys 24-5 in the quarterfinals after downing Melville 34-5, Hamilton Marist White 41-0 and Otorohanga 26-7 in pool play.
Fraser-Tech had had a squad of more than 20 training for about nine weeks and their best team had too much firepower for the rest.
Randle said Tech had already entered the Auckland tournament before it was opened up to provincial sides and as it was the only one that replicated the national tournament in Queenstown in the new year with its two-day format, he would also take a Waikato team, minus the Tech players.
He will then reduce the Waikato squad size ahead of the December 8 regional qualifying tournament for the nationals, which are also scheduled to be held in Auckland.
Southern United won the first division title on Saturday, beating their closest rivals, Putaruru, 22-10 in the final.
Four women's provincial sides, including two from Waikato, also played in the Waikato tournament with the top Waikato side beating Counties Manukau 27-7 in the final.