Touch Rugby

3rd to 6th April 2015
By Gordon Wong

Touch Rugby is now one of the most popular sports in New Zealand but not amongst the Chinese from Otago Southland who only dust off the oval ball once a year at Easter. The players from the North play the game competitively and as expected dominated both the men;s and mixed competitions. Teams from Auckland, Wellington, Waikato and Otago Southland competed in both competitions culminating in two exciting finals.

At full time of the men's final the scores were locked at Auckland 5, Wellington 5, but after extra time Auckland scored to win 6 - 5. Extra time is played using a drop off process where after 2 minutes each team drops off one player (to a minimum of 3 in each side if required). The first team to score wins.

In the mixed final, Auckland roared to a considerable early lead, but Wellington clawed their way back to win the game 11-10!

Full results here.

Mixed Final Auckland1 v Wellington
Wellington scores the deciding try concluding an exciting come back to win 11-10.

Otago Southland v Auckland
(Above) Jonathan Young with Ruth Wang in support; Ruth Wang
(Below) Celine Ahkit in pursuit; Zachary Young evades the defence

Waikato v Auckland
Mixed Otago Southland v Auckland2
(Above) Cameron Young flicks the ball to Zachary Young who scores the final try in the corner while Regan Young and Davina Wong look watch in support.
(Below) Bjana Young; Cameron Young with Bjana Young on his right attempting to bamboozle the Auckland defence.

Mixed - Otago Southland v Wellington