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Panthers up for big battle vs Fijians

Monday October 17, 2016 Written by Published in Rugby Union

TUPAPA Panthers are set for an exciting battle against Yalovata in the second semifinal match at Steinlager Sevens tournament today.

 

The Panthers, which played only a match against the Bulls in the pool competition after Atiu failed to turn up last week, will take on the flamboyant Fijian side at 3.30pm at The Swamp.

Yalovata defeated pre-tournament favourites Avatiu Nikao Eels and lost to Manatoa, made up of national squad members, in the preliminary competition.

The side is scheduled to play Atiu today, but with the latter pulling out of the tournament they earn a direct entry into the semis.

Eels will take on the winless Bulls in the opening match of the knockouts today at 2pm.

The winner will play the Vase Samania-coached Manatoa, which is poised to claim the opening Steinlager Sevens title.

Cook Islands Rugby Union competitions co-ordinator Ben Koteka reckons the Eels will come out firing today to make up for last week’s disappointing start.

“This Saturday, they will have an opportunity to redeem themselves after last Saturday’s performances,” Koteka said.

“They were in exactly the same position during the 2016 Constitution Sevens Tournament and they ended up winning the finals 28-7 against Panthers. Can they repeat that feat and sneak in at the finish line this Saturday? It will be interesting to see.”

Today’s competition will also include the Under-15 Cook Islands Schoolboys Sevens team which will play two matches against the U16 Takuvaine Reds team.

The entry fee to the games is $2 for adult and for children under 16, it’s free.

            - Rashneel Kumar

Fixtures

1.55pm: Opening Prayer in front of the Admin Tent (Game 7 teams to please line up in-front of the Admin Tent), 2pm Eels-Bulls, 2.20pm Yalovata WBD Atiu, 2.40pm U15 CI Schoolboys-U16 Takuvaine Reds, Interval: 10 minutes, 3.10pm MANATOA-Winner (Eels-Bulls), 3.30pm Panthers-Yalovata, 3.50pm U15 CI Schoolboys-U16 Takuvaine Reds, Interval: 10 Minutes, 4.20pm Final, Prize giving – after the last match (in-front of the Admin Tent