The National, Wednesday February 12th, 2014
AROMA Coast flashed a touch of brilliance to claim top honours in the second weekend of the Capital Rugby Union (CRU) sevens at Monier Park at Bava in Port Moresby on Sunday.
The select outfit from last month’s Aroma Coast Sevens tournament went through the two days undefeated and topped it off with a powerful show to beat fellow invitational team SLS Cowboys of Gerehu 26-17 in the Cup final.
Both teams are taking part in the CRU Sevens as part of their preparation for the Kimbe Invitational Sevens tournament slated for February 20-21.
The Aroma Coast outfit under the helm of former PNG Sevens coach Billy Rapilla stamped their intentions with a powerful display led by his strike players in former internationals Kojo Ware, Madi Ora, Gairo Varo and rising talent Terence Uvau.
The Cowboys led by evergreen veteran Paul Joseph and his Gerehu Stage Two soldiers from the Susuve clan, Emmanuel, David, Stanis, Kilori and Mathew put up a game challenge, but were beaten by a more established AC7s combination.
Aroma beat a new look Crusaders outfit while the Cowboys nailed an equally strong Wanderers in the Cup semi-finals.
The Crusaders club is a breakaway faction from the Juggernauts club, and are looking to enter the CRU competition this season.
Results: Cup final – Aroma 26 SLS cowboys 17; Plate – Nova 17 Defence 5; Bowl – Spartans 17 Harlequins 12; Shield – Juggernauts 31 Chiefs 0.