Avatiu Eels took out a scratchy senior rugby match this weekend, 16-7 over Arorangi Cowboys.
The stop-start match was spoilt by ill-discipline from both sides, said rugby development manager Ben Koteka.
As expected, it was an even contest through most of the 80 minutes on Avatiu Field, with the scores locked at zero at halftime, and then 11-7 for most of the second half.
Arorangi’s only try was a penalty try. John Penu broke through with a try for Avatiu, early in the second half, and Gabby Tokelau kicked two penalties.
It wasn’t until the 70th minute of play that replacement Eels left winger Genesis Piri went over in the corner to push their score out to 16-7, and seal the win.
The best players for the Cowboys were loose forwards Tanire Mokoroa and Totoa Auvaa.
The starring players for the Eels were lock Sione Likiliki and prop Toru Katuke.
Earlier, reigning champions Tupapa Panthers gave Takitumu a lesson in skill and power with the Panthers fleet-footed right winger Beniasi Dakuwaba scoring five tries to run up a 60-nil scoreline.
The Takitumu team, with six under-19 debutants, played with plenty of spirit but they were unable to keep pace with the Panthers.
The Panthers led at the halftime break by 22-nil.
In the under-19 competition, Town went into the halftime break ahead by 13-7 over Country. But in a great match for spectators, Country stormed back to win 22-16.
Country’s tries were scored by Xavier Rauraa, Taio Taio, Vaipo Mataora and Troy Matutu, with a conversion by Thomas Daniel.
Town’s sole try was to Albert Edwards. Salvitory Ngaroi, converted it, as well as kicking three penalties.
In the under-16 game, disciplined Town came back to win 10-5, with both its tries (to Terry Akava and Kiana Pomare) in the second half. Troy Matutu scored the Country try.
THIS WEEK’S RUGBY ACTION
Girls’ Quick Rip Rugby Muster at the Takuvaine Field, from 4pm. U9s,11,13 & 15s and Women’s Open and Masters (35yrs+)
Takitumu Sea Eagles v Tupapa Panthers senior 15s
Saturday, at Arorangi Field:
Arorangi Cowboys v Avatiu Eels