The Sea Eagles, after a disappointing start in the early rounds of the season, have sprung to life, putting on a much improved performance to record much-needed wins lately.
The side has won its last four matches against Aitutaki Sharks, TKV Warriors, Titikaveka Bulldogs and Arorangi Bears in the domestic competition.
Today, they face a mammoth task against the unbeaten Panthers which will be eyeing to maintain their unbeaten form.
However the inclusion of their two Papua New Guinea imports will make the Sea Eagles unpredictable in the much-anticipated clash.
Joshua Nani, 24, from Ogulbeng in the Western Highlands and Raiven Jonah, 20, from Kwalimbo in Kagua-Erave in the Southern Highlands, recently arrived in the Cook Islands and will feature against the Panthers.
There has been much hype about these two players among local fans and the two are expected to add depth to the improving Sea Eagles in the final rounds of the competition.
Meanwhile, in the other premier clash today, Arorangi Bears will host the defending Titikaveka Bulldogs at Raemaru Park. The premier matches will kick off at 4.30pm.
Raemaru Park, Arorangi – 11am: Junior Development, 1.30pm: Under 19s
Bears-Sea Eagles, 3pm Premier Reserves Bears-Bulldogs, 4.30pm Premiers Match of the week, the Bears-Bulldogs; Victoria Park, Tupapa – 3pm Premier Reserves Panthers-Warriors, 4.30pm Premiers Panthers-Sea Eagles; Premier Reserves: Eels (Bye), Premiers: Sharks (Bye)