By Taromane Martin
AUKI Community High School is the 2018 Credit Corporation High School Easter 7s challenge champions.
The Malaita Rugby Union Association (MRUA) representatives were crowned champions despite losing 26-0 to the national U-18 squad in the grand final match at the Town Ground Rugby Stadium yesterday.
Auki secured their grand final spot after defeating a determined Selco Stormers 14-12 in their semifinal match while the National U-18 squad defeated Kilusakwalo 19-5 in the other semifinal match.
Auki Head Coach Paul Elo thanked God for the achievement and for looking after the team during their travel from Auki to Honiara for the competition.
Elo said it is a big improvement for his players who are mostly soccer players saying they will return to Honiara to compete in this year’s Inter-Islands Rugby 15s challenge.
“I thank God for his protection and guidance during our trip over to Honiara and for blessing us to reach the finals,” Mr Elo said.
“It’s a big improvement for our players who most are their first time to play rugby. They are playing very well.
“With only had two months to set up and reaching the final is an achievement for us. We hope the next time we come around we’ll give another good challenge.
“After this we’ll go back and keep training in preparation for the Inter-Islands Challenge,” he said.
Elo thanked their supporters for coming out yesterday and also thanked their sponsors for making their trip possible.
Meanwhile, in the third and fourth position playoffs it was Kilusakwalo who secured third position while Selco Stormers claimed fourth position.
Final standings for the 2018 Credit Corporation High School Easter 7s challenge are as follows:
1st place- Auki CHS
3rd place- Selco Stormers.