Eels lead domestic league competition

Wednesday February 21, 2018 Written by Published in League
All eyes on the ball … Arorangi Bears winger Raphael Solomona readies himself to collect a pass from Steve Willis as a Titikaveka Bulldogs defender charges on in defence at Teimurimotia Park on Saturday. 18022022 All eyes on the ball … Arorangi Bears winger Raphael Solomona readies himself to collect a pass from Steve Willis as a Titikaveka Bulldogs defender charges on in defence at Teimurimotia Park on Saturday. 18022022

The mighty Avatiu Nikao Eels have taken an early lead in the Cook Islands rugby league competition.

 

After beating the Aitutaki Sharks in round one at home, the Clive Nicholas-coached Eels side thumped TKV Warriors 50-10 at the Happy Valley Field on Monday to go on top of the points table.

The match which was initially supposed to be played on Saturday was postponed due to a bereavement in Avatiu.

The Eels were the more experienced of the two sides and used that to their advantage to put down a young looking Warriors side.

Cook Islands Rugby League Association competition coordinator Taua Benioni was impressed with the youthful Warriors outfit.

However, he said the team lacked experienced hands to guide the young players against  a top team like the Eels.

“It was the experience that mattered the most and the Eels with their senior players were in top form to take home the maximum points,” Benioni said.

In the other premier matches which were played on Saturday, defending champions Titikaveka Bulldogs were held to a 16-all draw by the Arorangi Bears while Tupapa Panthers thumped Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles 56-6.

Panthers with two wins from two matches are on second spot.

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