The Reds won the match by 23-10.
On a wet and muddy Takuvaine ‘Happy Valley’ surface playing in the pivotal first 5/8 role, Samania’s tactical genius together with a dominant performance by his forward pack was the major difference between the two teams. The Reds led at the halftime break by 23-0.
Others who played well for the Reds were prop Victor Mataora, lock Mana Havi and both wingers Leon Paniani and Eddie Marama.
Best for the Bulls were halfback Bill Tangapiri, centre Tautua Ofisa, Number 8 Lloyd Matapo and openside flanker Travel Tylor.
With both teams finishing in first (Bulls) and second (Reds) place in this grade, having met twice this season with one win each on their own home ground, this sets up an intriguing semi-finals clash this weekend.
The Eels unveiled their ‘finals’ plans on a flooded Avatiu field, beating arch-rivals the Arorangi Cowboys 34-13.
Eels big midfielder Silafi Tovio proved a real handful for the opposition throughout this match, with the Eels’ first 5/8 Peter Tare contributing a 19-point haul via a try and his goal-kicking boot.
Hardworking lock George Fatefehi and enterprising right winger JJ Nicholas also played strongly for the Eels.
Bests for the Cowboys were centre Tom Vea, veteran prop ‘Shadow’ Tunui and loose forward Michael Tou.
At the Tupapa field, the Tupapa Panthers beat the Matavera Dragons 20-0 in a bottom-of-the-table clash.
The Panthers won this match ‘by default’ as the Dragons failed to show in numbers.
It was a very disappointing end to the season for the Dragons, who previously had been regular Top 4 contenders.
Congratulations to the Panthers for ending your season with the well-deserved win – Navy will be very happy with this result!
This week will be the start of three weeks of semi’s and finals as the 2013 champions in all grades are decided.
This weekend there will be semi’s being played at two venues only. All 1st & 2nd placed teams per grade will play at the Titikaveka Field. At Avatiu field, all 3rd & 4th placed teams per Grade will play.
The final placings per grade and the draw are to be confirmed – watch this space!
National CI 15’s coach Barry George is still in Rarotonga and he will be having his last training session at the BCI Stadium today at 5pm for any local players keen to play in the RWCQ one-off match against Fiji in 2014.
The attendance to last week’s Wednesday and Friday sessions have been lacking so please if you would like to be part of this 2014 RWCQ match please attend the training session to be held at the BCI Stadium on Monday at 5pm. We are only 80 minutes away from qualifying to play in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Welcome back to Rarotonga for the ex-All Black blindside flanker & hard man Jerry ‘JC’ Collins. JC is back in Rarotonga for the funeral of Navy Epati and together with others he was part of the large crowd of people who attended the funeral of the very popular Epati who was buried in Matavera last weekend.