An Arorangi Bears player clears the ball against defending champions Tupapa Panthers. The Bears won the match 19-18. Picture: MELINA ETCHES/22061915
Arorangi Bears reigned supreme in round three Rarotonga Club 15s clash beating defending champions Tupapa Panthers over the weekend.
In a very close contest, the Bears were able to chase down the Panthers and eventually win this match by 19-18 at Victoria Park in Tupapa.
the Bears dominated territory and possession, it was the Panthers who led on
the scoreboard for the majority of this match.
Islands Rugby Union’s Ben Koteka said: “Surprisingly one of the Panthers
biggest problems was their ill-discipline, with four players being yellow
carded and one player red carded late in the second half of this match.”
Panthers ill-discipline allowed the Bears to keep chipping away at their
scoreboard lead to eventually overtake them in 76th minute of play
with a rolling-maul try to the Bears loose forward Penitito Lio.
was another strong performance by the Bears forward pack who together with their
depth from the reserves bench allowed them to pressure the 2021 champions late
in the second half and eventually win this match by 19-18,” Koteka said.
the Panthers their strong-running right wing Sio Naqitawa, forwards Kana Nga
and John Vano and utility back Junior Buresova stood out in the match.
forwards Leni Seu and Penitito Lio, big prop Daniel “Magic” Tonorio and their
goal-kicking first 5/8 Daniel Toa were the top performers for the Bears.
Panthers led at halftime by 8-5.
the under-19 played before the Senior A clash, Avatiu Eels thumped Ngatangiia
Sea Eagles 26-0.
said a good 18-0 halftime Eels lead allowed them to comfortably win this match
against a spirited Sea Eagles team.
Sea Eagles were unfortunate not to register some points just before halftime –
when they actually crossed the try line, however this decision was later
over-ruled by the match officials after it was judged that they mistakenly had
16-men on the field of play after a substitution mix-up.”
the second half, the Sea Eagles fought valiantly without reward.
players for the Sea Eagles were their exciting fullback Francis Terepo,
hardworking loose forwards Adam Terepo and Amani Ama and their skillful first
5/8 Apu Kamana.
the Eels, forwards Johan Herrmann and Tupui Herrmann-Tuaivi and the big-kicking
left-footed first 5/8 Aaron Simpson stood out.