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Saturday 25 June 2011 | Published in Regional


Todays CITC main club rugby match of the week is expected to be a bruising encounter between hosts the Ngatangiia-Matavera Flying Dragons and the visiting Avatiu Eels.

This will be an interesting match with the Eels keen to register a win after last weeks narrow 24-28 loss to 2010 champions the Arorangi Cowboys despite the Eels outscoring the Cowboys by 4 tries to 3.

Eels coach Cedric Toru is quietly confident after last weeks narrow loss.

The boys have trained well this week so we are looking forward to todays match to get our campaign back on track, adds Cedric.

The Dragons on the other hand were in winning form last week when they faced and defeated the Takuvaine Reds.

The confident Dragons pack went on to score 5 tries in their opening game to lay a strong foundation for the team as they look to continue their winning ways through the season.

Both teams like to play open expansive rugby and will field Fijian game breakers who love to attack and score tries so expect a high-scoring match.

Players to watch who could determine the outcome of this match are Eels brothers Louis and Clive Nicholas and in the Dragons pack watch for Toa brothers Thomas and Daniel.

Although the Dragons have the home ground advantage and their rowdy band of supporters who are sure to spur their team on expect this match to be decided by the goal kickers.

The Dragons kickers nailed only one of 5 conversions last week, while the Eels kickers were also a little off last week.

Avatiu Eels Sonny-Bill Foster , Zeru Pera, Eddie Tomokino, Louis Nicholas, Daniel Tutai, Eliza Rabula, Lee Ponini, Clive Nicholas, Aio Tou, Atu Bendini, Joe Omao, Andy Kapi, Maka Tereu, Duane Gukisuva, Ben Maaka.

Ngatangiia-Matavera Flying Dragons Clinton Charlie, Suga Monga, Tua Skinnon, Tutu Tangimetua, Paul Daniels, Usa Sivo, Phillip Hunter, William Kauvai Jnr, Ina Tangimetua, Daniel Toa, Sereli Babu, Nasau Fatefai, Steve Skinnon, Thomas Toa, Juda Loki.

Be at Nukupure Park this afternoon to find out who wins this match.

Although the Eels and Dragons match is the main game of the week its not the only games on today.

At Titikaveka the Bulls will host the Cowboys and at Victoria Park the Tupapa Panthers will take on the Takuvaine Reds.

- Ruck and maul

Titikaveka Bulls vs Arorangi Cowboys at Titikaveka 12.45pm-Under 13, Ref-Paul Peyroux assisted by club official, 1.30pm-Under 16, Ref-Tavake Manuel assisted by club official, 2.35pm-Under 19, Ref-Tutai Tuakana assisted byTavake Manuel and club official, 3.50pm-Womens sevens, Ref-Paul Peyroux assisted by club official, 4.10pm-Senior A, Ref-Arthur Emile assisted by Paul Peyroux and Tutai Tuakana.

Ngatangiia Dragons vs Avatiu Eels at Ngatangiia 1.00pm-Under 13, Ref-Vania Tou assisted by club official, 1.50pm-Under 16, Ref-Bishop Bishop assisted by Billy Tuaivi and club official, 3.05pm-Senior B, Ref-Tua Manea assisted by Bishop Bishop and Vania Tou, 4.10pm-Senior A, Ref-Simiona Teiotu assisted by Tua Manea and Tangi Toa.

Tupapa Panthers vs Takuvaine Reds at Tupapa 12.00pm-Under 13, Ref-Tangata Samania assisted by Ieremia Tuteru and Kakaio Robati, 12.45pm-Under 16, Ref- Poso Ngaroi assisted by Ieremia Tuteru and Kakaio Robati, 1.50pm-Under 19, Ref-Vaivase Samania assisted by Tangata Samania and Kakaio Robati, 3.05pm-Senior B, Ref-Phillip Strickland assisted by Vaivase Samania and Poso Ngaroi, 4.10pm-Senior A, Ref-Johnny Hosking assisted by Sean Willis and Poso Ngaroi