Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles' Daniel Toa was instrumental in his side's win over the Sharks on Thursday. 19040831
In what was an intense tit for tat match, the Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles came out the soaring victors in Thursday's premier match game.
The Sea Eagles defeated Aitutaki
Sharks 30-28 in a close battle at The Swamp.
The side scored first through a try by
Mikaele Leawere. Daniel Toa successfully kicked the conversion to give the side
The Sharks answered back with a try of
their own through hard running William Howard coming off a backdoor pass from
strong and mobile Jedrick Engu. Sharks’ Leo Roa successfully converted the try
to level the match 6-all.
The defending champions Sea Eagles
extended their lead by taking advantage of a penalty with a quick tap and play
by Ngamata Miriau to put points on the table.
Sharks retaliated through fleet footed
Edward Nicholas who managed to twist and turn to score over two defenders
equalising the score once again to 10-all. With Sharks Leo Roa successfully
converting this try, it pushed Sharks ahead to lead 12-10.
The Aitutaki side continued their
assault with a solo try effort from danger man William Howard to extend their
lead to 16-10.
But their momentum didn’t last long
after two of their players were sent to bin which allowed the Sea Eagles to
take advantage and score again in the corner through hitman Ngamata Miriau.
With a successful conversion from Toa, the score at half time was locked at
In the second half of the game, both
teams put on a strong defence formation before Sea Eagles "Big T"
Tereinga Henry found a weak spot in Sharks defence sliding down for an extra
four points to extend their lead. Again Toa successfully nailing in between the
"H" to put Sea Eagles in the lead 22-16.
Some ill-discipline play from Sharks
resulted in the team being penalised and the frustration on the team starting
to show. There would have been an advantage for the Sharks to score coming off
a final kick in play from Teokotai “Billy” Tuaivi into the hands of James
Tofilau, however was disallowed due to foul play prior to the try.
The Sea Eagles taking advantage of the
penalties managed to capitalise and score in what might be ruled as a
controversial try through Tubuna Nasilivatu in the left-hand side of the pitch
to extend their lead again to 26 points. Mark “the Butcher” Tuaati scored
another and Toa with the extras kept the Sea Eagles ahead 32-16.
Not to be outdone, the Sharks put on a
strong performance to come back into the game with some good runs from their
big man Ngarima Simiona and Richard Davey with the latter busting through Sea
Eagles defence line to score for Sharks. Leo successfully kicking the
conversion to close up the gap 22-30.
In another brilliant performance
coming off a runaway from captain William Howard to offload to inside centre
Edward Nicholas for a brilliant try in the corner. Another successful
conversion from Leo Roa to close the gap 28-30. With seven minutes remaining,
try as they might, the Sharks just couldn't bust through a tight and strong
defence line by the Sea Eagles who held on to win 30-28.
In today’s matches, Tupapa Panthers
will host Arorangi Bears with U10/12 match starting at 10.45am and premier
men’s clash at 4.30pm.
The Sea Eagles will host Avatiu Nikao
Eels in the U, U10/12, U14 and U19 matches. The matches will start at 12 noon.