Cook Islander Anthony Gelling made his Warriors debut start on Thursday night against the St George Illawarra dragons, and celebrated by scoring a try in his side’s 20-12 victory.
The match of the week in the domestic rugby league competition was unfortunately a one-sided affair on Saturday, as the Avatiu/Nikao Eels stomped the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles on their way to a 34-8 victory.
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.