Pair propel Panthers to a win

Monday October 16, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

In the men’s finals of the Steinlager 7s, the Panthers were able to bury their Avatiu Swamp demons with a 10-7 win over their Reds opponents.


The Panthers’ tries were scored by outstanding 17-year-old utility back Algermaine Epati and powerhouse midfielder Jo Naqitawa, who continues his strong form.

The lone Reds converted try was scored by their skilful pivot, Viiga Ruepena.

After leading 5-0 at halftime, the Panthers went into a handy 10 - nil lead before the gritty Reds team scored a converted try against the run of play, which had plenty of Panthers fans sweating until the final whistle blew.

Earlier in the day, in the semi-finals, the Reds were able to score a try after the full time hooter had sounded to score a 10 - 7 victory over the Eels.

In the other Semi-Final the Panthers proved too strong for Yalovata, the Panthers winning 28 - 5. In the two matches U19 matches that were played the Town team defeated the Country in both matches by; 15 - 12 and 32 - 17.

Standout players for the U19 Town team were lanky midfielder Tyronne Marurai and solid utility back Matt Hagai.

Best players for the U19 Country team were; outside backs Tom Daniels and Tomasi Bikaca.         

            - CIRU/Conor Leathley


Game 7 Reds 12-5 over Eels, Game 8 Panthers 28-5 over Yalovata, Game 9: Vikings 31-7 over Barbarians, Game 10: U19 Town 15-12 over U19 Country, Game 11: Eels 21- 0 over Yalovata, Game 13: U19 Town 32-17 over U19 Country, Game 14: Panthers 10-7 over Reds.


1st Panthers, 2nd Reds, 3rd Eels, 4th Yalovata, 5th Vikings, 6th *Barbarians (*demoted to 6th placing due to “non-participation” in Week 1).

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