Third-place battle at Muri

Thursday March 29, 2018 Written by Published in League
More rugby league action tonight as the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles host the Arorangi Bears, and the Avatiu/Nikao Eels travel to Aitutaki to face the Sharks. 18032650 More rugby league action tonight as the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles host the Arorangi Bears, and the Avatiu/Nikao Eels travel to Aitutaki to face the Sharks. 18032650

A titanic clash is expected this evening as the third-placed Arorangi Bears travel to Nukupure Park in Muri to take on the in-form Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles at 5pm.

 

Due to Easter Weekend, no games will be played on Saturday, meaning teams will travel midweek to make up the difference.

On the back of three consecutive wins, the Sea Eagles have established themselves as the team to watch in the first series of the second round.

They showed their championship chops last week when they squared off against their Titikaveka Bulldog neighbours, winning 22-20, but this week’s opponents are a different beast.

The Bears looked imperious in their win last week against the Takuvaine Warriors, putting up 46 points against 14 at home as they cruised to victory.

Whichever team wins will take ownership of the third spot, which is looking more and more important as the Avatiu/Nikao Eels and Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers pull away in the standings.

The Bears, Sea Eagles and Bulldogs sit on seven, six and five points respectively after six rounds of the competition, meaning that mid-table scrap will be the one to watch as the season progresses.

Meanwhile, the top-of-the-table Eels travelled to Aitutaki yesterday to take on the local Sharks tonight at Arutanga Park.

It looks like a hiding to nothing for the sixth-placed home side, as the visitors have averaged more than 40 points per match over the course of the season.

Last night, the Panthers were hosted by the Warriors at Happy Valley, while the Bulldogs are on a bye, something coach Meti Noovao said on Saturday was something that the team was looking forward to.

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