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Winless Eels take on Sharks

Thursday February 21, 2019 Written by Published in League
Avatiu Eels’ Leki Vahefo’ou dives over for a try against Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles on Saturday last week. 19022014 Avatiu Eels’ Leki Vahefo’ou dives over for a try against Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles on Saturday last week. 19022014

Former champions Avatiu Eels’ hunt for the first win in the domestic rugby league competition will take them to Aitutaki tomorrow where they face the Sharks.

In round three of the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition 2019, the Eels will be hoping to end their two-game losing streak by beating the Sharks at Arutanga Field.

The Eels went down to defending champions Tupapa Panthers 14-26 in round one before succumbing to a resurgent Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles 10-24 last weekend.

A win is important for the side in order to get their 2019 league season on track.

The Sharks played their opening match last week against the Arorangi Bears at Raemaru Park and lost 24-42.

Cook Islands Rugby League Association competition co-ordinator Tai Nelio said the Eels were confirmed to travel to Aitutaki to play the Sharks tomorrow.

In the past, the Eels have chosen to forfeit the away match against the Sharks due to the cost associated with the travel.

But after two losses, the Meti Noovao-coached side cannot afford to drop any points if it wants to remain in the run for a top finish.

“Losing two games in a row no doubt has put the Eels on fire to register their first win of the season. They are not traveling to Aitutaki for sightseeing or holiday, they will be there to win and to put their course back on track needing the two points,” Nelio said.

“The Eels are also aware that the Sharks is not like a stroll in the park playing them in Aitutaki.

“The Sharks went down to the Arorangi Bears last Friday, and like the Eels, they are eager to register their first win and two points of the season. Both teams going into this game hungry for win.

“It will be down to basics with the team that makes less mistake, dominate up front, finish and execute their game well on the day will come out the winner. Will be a good game to watch.”

In the other premier matches which will be held on Saturday, the Panthers will host the Sea Eagles at Victoria Park in the feature match of the round while the Bears will take on Titikaveka Bulldogs at Raemaru Park.

Fixtures

Tomorrow at Titikaveka – Under 16 Titikaveka Bulldogs-Arorangi Bears at 4pm, Reserves - Titikaveka Bulldogs-Arorangi Bears at 5pm; Premiers Avatiu Eels-Aitutaki Sharks at Arutanga field at 5pm

Saturday – Under 9 & 11 Tupapa Panthers-Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles at 12.15pm (Playing at the same time - half field), Under 13 - Tupapa Panthers-Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles at 1.10pm, Under 16 Tupapa Panthers-Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles at 2pm, Reserves Tupapa Panthers-Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles at 3pm, Premiers Tupapa Panthers-Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles at 4.30pm; Premiers Titikaveka Bulldogs-Arorangi Bears at Teimurimotia Park at 4.30pm