Raiders go back-to-back at Kiwi Tag National Challenge

The triumphant Raiders team.

The Hibiscus Coast Raiders successfully defended their age-grade title at the Kiwi Tag National Club Challenge on February 13 and 14.

In the U13/14 final the Raiders had a 5-2 win over Te Atatu.

A strong start saw them up 3-0 at the break, before both sides crossed for two tries in the second spell.

Callum de la Rue and Thomas Rawiri both starred for Raiders and scored doubles.

Coach Morgan de la Rue said the win was an added bonus at the end of a great day.

“It was a really fun day whether it had been a win, loss or draw. I’m really proud of the team,” he said.

The event, which is in its third year, was held at Cornwall Park in Auckland and a record 78 teams (more than 1000 players) took to the field in the U6/7 to U15-16 grades.

The tournament was also an opportunity for junior referees to gain experience.

Four young referees from Raiders  – siblings Ethan, Rico and Isaac Brown, along with Taryh-Mae Rangitutia – were able to officiate after becoming qualified Kiwi Tag Level 1 Referees through Auckland Rugby League’s free online course.

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