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Teams ready for smashing game

Monday July 11, 2016 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Maine Rongo of Tupapa Panthers during the team’s round one match against Takuvaine Reds at the Happy Valley ground last week. 16070834 Maine Rongo of Tupapa Panthers during the team’s round one match against Takuvaine Reds at the Happy Valley ground last week. 16070834

The table-topping Avatiu Nikao Eels feature against the Tupapa Panthers in the round three Bond Store Match of the Week today

The Eels have set the rugby season alight this year defeating reigning champions the Takuvaine Reds in round one by 25-7.

They then maintained their position after beating the Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles 102-6 last weekend.

The Panthers, on the other hand, had a mixed start with a 34-19 win against the Bulls, but failed against the Reds, beaten 22-50.

Panthers stood out with their strong set pieces in scrums and lineout, but their inconsistency on defence and overall fitness levels seemed lacking at times last week. 

There has been a lot of hype already for the head-to-head clash today.

Featuring in the build-up are Panther’s barnstorming prop Tupou Faireka Junior and captain Maine Rongo (No 8) as its trump cards.

As for the Eels, the young front-rowers Toru Katuke and Stanley Tobia are to be watched out for. Then there is the X-factor try-scoring duo John Penu and Laitia Rogorogoivalu from the backline.   

Do the Panthers have the desire to pull off an upset today on their home patch, or will the Eels upset them?

Be at Tupapa Field to find out as it is anyone’s game today. Kick-off is at 4pm.

Fixtures

Venue- Titikaveka Field

4pm: Senior A Titikaveka Bulls vs. Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles. (Ref: Junior Takairangi, Assistant Refs: Tutai Taurarii/SimionaTeiotu)

Tupapa Field

12:30pm: U11 Tupapa Panthers vs. Avatiu Nikao Eels (Ref: Club Officials)

1:30pm: U13 Tupapa Panthers vs. Avatiu Nikao Eels (Ref: Ben Koteka, Assistant Refs: Club Officials)

2:30pm: U19 Tupapa Panthers vs. Avatiu Nikao Eels (Ref: William Poaru, Assistant Refs: Ben Koteka and William Taripo)

4pm: Tupapa Panthers vs. Avatiu Nikao Eels (Ref: Arthur Emile, Assistant Refs: Ben Koteka and William Poaru)

Takuvaine Field

2pm: U11Takuvaine Reds vs. Arorangi Cowboys (Refs: Club Officials)

3pm: U16 Takuvaine Reds vs. Arorangi Cowboys (Refs: Paul Allsworth, Assistant Refs: Tangata Samania and Poto Ngaroi)

4pm: Senior A Takuvaine Reds vs. Arorangi Cowboys (Refs: Ina Ngaputa, assistant refs: Paul Allsworth and Koa Kopu)

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