The Eels looked sharp early in the game dominating set pieces, however, the Cowboys came back strongly with impressive overall speed and ability, giving the Eels a tough game.
The Eels scored three tries and a penalty to lead 22-0 at halftime putting smiles on the faces of their supporters.
The Cowboys struck back in the second half having to keep the ball rolling on the Avatiu Eel’s side till Pare Rongokea chipped in and scored a converted try midway through the half.
The Eels maintained their game plan, but couldn’t score another try and the game ended 22-7.
Cowboys’ captain Francis Smith said his team felt humbled having to play against the table topping Avatiu Eels and is satisfied with yesterday’s game.
“We did our best, we played as a team and I am pretty satisfied with how the game turned out,” said Smith.
“We learn from every game and we hope to be better and slowly improve in every other game. It’s not easy, but we are a dedicated team who has the passion for our games.
“I thank the Eels team for such a good game, not forgetting my team, our team officials and our supporters for their support and faith in us,” he said.