A try from Jovilisi Naqitawa in the final quarter of the match saved the blushes of Tupapa Panthers against Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles in the feature rugby league battle over the weekend.
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.
Back-to-back wins for the Ngatangiia/ Matavera Sea Eagles over top four contenders has thrown the door open as to who will be competing for the title come the end of the domestic rugby league season.
Four weekends removed from their last loss, the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles are locked into third spot on the domestic rugby league ladder after their outstanding 46-24 home victory over the Arorangi Bears.
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.
With three wins on the trot, the Ngatangiia/ Matavera Sea Eagles are establishing themselves as a team to watch as the first round of the domestic rugby league competition comes to a close.
Nukupure Park will host the domestic rugby league’s competition game of the week this afternoon, as the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles host the Titikaveka Bulldogs.