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Final challenge for Powerade trophy

Tuesday August 26, 2014 Written by Ruck and Maul Published in Rugby Union
Regular Arorangi Cowboys A-grader BJ Heather will be a key player for his Cowboys under-19 team who will face the Takuvaine Reds today for the final challenge in the mid-week Powerade Trophy competition. 14082604 Regular Arorangi Cowboys A-grader BJ Heather will be a key player for his Cowboys under-19 team who will face the Takuvaine Reds today for the final challenge in the mid-week Powerade Trophy competition. 14082604

The Under-19 Powerade Trophy challenge has been a ‘hot potato’ in 2014, with four clubs holding the trophy at different times throughout the season.

 

Today marks the final challenge for the trophy between the Takuvaine Reds and Arorangi Cowboys at the Happy Valley field in Takuvaine at 4.45pm.

The trophy has changed hands four times this season, going from the Avatiu Eels to the Titikaveka Bulls before it was wrestled from the Bulls by the Ngatangiia-Matavera Dragons who then lost hold of it to the Takuvaine Reds who are the current holders of the trophy.

With this being the final challenge for 2014, a new winner could emerge today.

The under 19 grade is seen as the ‘seed bed’ for their respective clubs, the transit-lounge pre A-Grade, and both teams in today’s final challenge from the Reds and Arorangi Cowboys club boast at least half a dozen players each who have experienced or had a taste of A grade rugby in 2014.

Both teams have big strong forward packs complemented by exciting try-scoring backlines.

As for the key players to watch out for in today’s final clash, for the Reds it will be their inspirational fullback Thomas Potoru – his pace, guile and leadership from the fullback position are crucial ingredients for this team.

For the Cowboys, watch out for silky-smooth first 5/8 BJ Heather to guide and direct his team throughout this match.

Both Potoru and Heather are currently students at Tereora College. Both are immensely talented and have shown outstanding form all season, with both players being regular weekly A-graders for their respective clubs this season.   

These two teams have met twice this season with one win each.

The Reds won the first match 15-12, and then the Cowboys squared the ledger with a 24-nil victory in the second round of the competition.

With both teams stacked with quality players, this is sure to be an evenly-matched game with the most disciplined team sure to taste victory.

Today’s match kicks off at 4.45pm at the Takuvaine field with referee Arthur Emile to control the match supporter by assistant referees Poto Ngaroi and Ben Koteka.

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