The season finale of the National Touch Rugby Championships ended on Saturday with teams battling in the play-offs.
In blistering heat in the first semi-final, Heineken Brew Crew were red-hot favourites to beat a plucky DART team that have been improving all season. Heineken Brew Crew advanced with an 11-1 victory.
The second semi-final between Team Black and Maples was a closer affair with Team Black winning 7-4.
The grand final was between Heineken Brew Crew and Team Black. Heineken Brew Crew had the better of the first half, leading 7-3 at the break.
As the second half began, it was time for one of Heineken’s other young bucks to shine. Just as Will Heyward had done in the first half, Iain Currie did in the second. Running fast and direct and able to side-step off either foot he made two quick breaks.
Team Black responded well again and time after time they drove at the Heineken defence but were repelled. When they did score through Wiki Hitchman and Raftopolous, Heineken responded with tries of their own from Toketokevanua and Biannca Johnson.
Stuart Geddes and Duvenage again crossed the whitewash to reduce the deficit to two. For all their endeavour, of which there was plenty, they simply could not close the gap enough to cause Heineken to truly panic.
Buoyed in the knowledge that their youthful contingent could run all day, the Heineken oldies increasingly stayed on the sidelines as the youngsters closed the game out. In the dying seconds Toketokevanua jinked and jived his way through in typical Fijian fashion to bring the final score to 11-8 to Heineken Brew Crew.
On reflection Team Black will look back on some missed opportunities either through dropped or missed passes but Heineken Brew Crew, with their potent mix of young and old, have been unbeaten all season and were deservedly crowned champs.