The winning team



counties Manukau defeated North Harbour 54-14 this weekend in the National Sevens Final at the Rotorua International Stadium where Augustine Pulu was named player of the tournament and won the Joe Tauiwi Trophy

Playing in their first final for 21 years, Counties Manukau scored eight tries to two, with flying back Tavite Gadeisuva bagging a hattrick and Savelio Ropati crossing twice.
All Blacks Sevens playmaker Augustine Pulu was the only bigname player in coach Darryl Suasua’s team, who led 21-14 at halftime but powered clear with three quick tries early in the second half.
UntitledIt completed a dominant weekend for Counties Manukau, who won their pool games by an average score of 41-3 on Saturday and thrashed Bay of Plenty 31-10 in the semi-finals. Their toughest challenge came in the quarter-finals, when they pipped Manawatu to the post by winning 21-19.

Pictured above in no particular order are: Josh Van Lieshout – Co-Captain; Vuga Tagicakibau – Co-Captain, Tavite Gadeisuva, Savelio Ropati; Penitoa Finau; Alamanda Motuga; Liam Daniela; Jonathan Taumateine; Sione LJ Molia; Augustine Mad-dog Pulu; Alex Samoa and Lolohea Loco. Pictures by Richard Spranger



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