Mika Leawere’s effort was not enough to save Avatiu Nikao Eels who went down to Arorangi Bears 17-22 at Raemaru Park on Saturday. 21071111
Arorangi Bears made a superb comeback in the second spell to win their first Senior A match in the Rarotonga Club 15s competition over the weekend.
In the feature round two clash at Raemaru Park on Saturday,
the home side defeated Avatiu Nikao Eels 22-17.
In the other Senior A clash, Tupapa Panthers thumped
Takuvaine Reds 38-6.
The Bears versus the Eels match proved a tit for tat affair
especially in the second spell. Although the Eels scored three tries to one and
led at the halftime break by 10-9, they were unable to shake off a persistent
The Bears were led by their point scoring machine and first
5/8 Viiga Ruepena who scored a total of 19 points – that also included a try
from a quick lineout – that caught everyone by surprise.
As expected, this was a tough and uncompromising match
between these two teams.
The best players for the Eels were barnstorming number eight
Lai Rogorogoivalu and their energetic hooker and captain Joshua Caffery. For
the Bears, Ruepena and his loose forwards Andrew Purua and Fale Sooialo stood
In the other Senior A grade match, the Panthers extended
their lead in the competition after beating the Reds 38-6. The Panthers led at
halftime by only 14-6.
Cook Islands Rugby Union’s Ben Koteka said: “It was great to
have the Reds involved in our competition again and they kept the Panthers
honest in the first half although as the game wore on their lack of fitness was
“This is only the Reds first match of the year and together
with their experienced coach Frank Karati they will get better and I am sure
they will be threat to all teams this season.”
Again, it was the Panthers extra fitness together with the
express pace of Peniasi Dakuwaqa, Tua Ravula and Junior Buresova who helped
them to finish stronger in this match.
In the women’s 7s, Avatiu Eels defeated Arorangi Lady Bears
This was another exciting contest with the Eels racing away
to a 19-0 halftime lead with tries to Vaiana Rima, Shae Te Whata and Pare
Noovao. The Bears replied in the second half with two well-taken converted
tries to utility back Rima Browne.
However it was the final try to winger Mahana Sijp that
sealed this win for the Eels.
“This week we welcome the TKV Reds women’s team to the 2021
competition mix!” Koteka confirmed.
U19 Eels 29 – 12 Bears, U16 Eels 22 – 19 Bears, U13 Eels 32 – 0 Bears, Arorangi Bears: 22 (Try: Viiga Ruepena. Conv: V Ruepena. Penalty: V Ruepena (4) and Leo Roa) Avatiu Eels: 15 (Tries: Tevita Niusama, Mika Leawere and Lai Rogorogoivalu). Tupapa Panthers: 38 (Tries: Peniasi Dakuwaqa (3), Tua Ravula, Tomasi Wellington and Junior Buresova. Conv: Jojo Karati (3)) Takuvaine Reds: 6 (Penalty: Daniel Toa (2)