Eels just ahead of Panthers

Thursday April 05, 2018 Written by Published in League

With their spectacular 64-10 win over the Takuvaine Warriors last week, the Tupapa Panthers are hot on the heels of the first-placed Avatiu/Nikao Eels in the domestic rugby league competition.

 

With back-to-back wins both exceeding 50 points, the team now has a points differential of 202, only six behind the league leaders. 

The Eels almost put up a half century in Aitutaki against the Sharks, winning 46-16 to hang onto the number one spot.

Seven rounds into the competition, both the Eels and the Panthers are yet to sustain a loss, as they drew 14-all when they squared off against each other in round five.

Despite the recent rise of the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles, it is likely that the Eels and Panthers will be the two top fighting it out for the title of regular season champion.

The Titikaveka Bulldogs return from their bye this week to face off against the Arorangi Bears, who have had an up and down past two weeks.

A fortnight ago at home the Bears thrashed the struggling Titikaveka Warriors 46-14, but last week were put to the sword by the Sea Eagles, 46-24.

Coach Ed Teraitua said the team just needed to work on cutting out basic errors, such as sloppy ball handling, but added that much of this could be attributed to fatigue.

As long as the halves and centres were “on the same page”, Teraitua said he was confident that they could get back to their winning ways.

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