The final leg of the Tasman Sevens circuit came to Motueka today with the hosts and Stoke claiming the women’s and men’s titles.
BY JONTY DINE [Nelson App]
Stoke’s speed on attack and dogged defence saw them pip Tasman champions Waimea Old Boys 24-14 in the final while a classy Motueka High repeated the score line in its final against the same opposition.
Motueka Sports Park played host to 46 games across three divisions following the first tournament played in Renwick last weekend.
After failing to enter a side in the first leg of the tournament Stoke stormed the circuit to add the Motueka crown to the Nelson Division one title it won earlier in the year.
Stoke star Sam Chamberlain says it was a tough day of sevens footy.
"The boys are really happy it has been a bloody enjoyable day. It was a really tough competition and we are very happy to get across the line.”
Sam says there were a number of strong sides on show and any one of them could have claimed the spoils.
Stoke drew first blood in the final but soon found itself repelling a relentless Waimea onslaught.
"We got away to a quick start knew going to come back and they did, it was a tight final.”
Stoke celebrate following its 24-14 win in the final. Photo: Supplied.
Sam says his side have been training hard for the past month in preparation for the tournament but were unable to field a side in Renwick last weekend.
"Unfortunately, we couldn’t put a team together, so we just win the Mot Sevens, but the boys are really happy with the win today.”
He says strong defence ultimately earned the crown.
"Everyone remained level headed and worked hard for each other.”
Stoke sneaked its way into the semis after a dramatic semifinal against Kahurangi.
With minutes remaining Kahurangi looked set to seal the win before a desperate tackle from behind and turnover from Stoke.
The Eagles then went 100 metres with Sam running a beautiful line to score under the bar and take the win 14-10.
With Renwick champions Marist failing to fire in Motueka, Waimea Old Boys claim the overall Tasman Championship.
Meanwhile, Motueka continued its dominance of the Tasman rugby scene claiming the Tasman Women’s Sevens championship after victories at both tournaments.
Motueka High Senior 21 Waimea Old Boys 14
Men’s B Final
Riwaka 24 Valley Stags 14
Men’s Cup Final
Stoke 24 Waimea Old Boys 14
The victorious Motueka side. Photo: Supplied