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Saturday 20 August 2011 | Published in Regional


Club rugby sevens teams will play one more round robin pool match first up today before the tournament heads into the seeding play offs to mark the end of the 3-week club rugby sevens competition.

All games today will be played at the Tupapa field starting at 12pm with the under 13 grade.

The Panthers are the outright leaders in the FBI under 13 grade having amassed a score of 95-15 in all 4 games played in this years competition.

Outstanding for the Panthers have been their fleet-footed backs Tyron Marurai, Sunai Joseph and Taua Pouao who will once again be the players to watch today.

The Origin Energy under 16 grade will be a very interesting tournament with just 3 teams the Arorangi Cowboys, Avatiu Eels and Takuvaine Reds all having played 4 matches and all with 3 losses each.

The emergence last weekend of the Reds who defeated the champion Cowboys team last week by 15-12 have thrown a spanner in the works.

Points scored this weekend in the pool matches will be worth gold!

Outstanding players in this grade have been the Cowboys prolific try scorer Jag Love, Panthers winger Maeva Smith, Bulls pivot Teariki Matenga and Reds winger Jason Potoru.

Its a case of who can catch the Eels in the Budget-Polynesia Bike Hire under 19 grade.

The Eels team has the huge advantage of being made up of CISA players whose superior fitness and skill levels have been the stand out feature of this side.

Players who have been in good form include Eels utility players Stanley Tobia and Kore Raumea as well as Cowboys pivot Robert Heather Jnr.

In the CITC senior A grade division the Dragons have recorded 4 wins from 4 matches so far and sit comfortably at the top of the table.

A scrap for 2nd place has ensued and the successor will be dependent on the results from the Panthers versus Eels and the Reds versus Cowboys pool matches.

The Eels slow week 1 start will mean that they will definitely miss a crack at the finals in 2011. Players that have shown good form lately: in the division have been Sailosi Nagi and Usa Sivo of the Dragons, Eddie Nicholas of the Takuvaine Reds, Waisoi and Sami Tuivaga of the Cowboys.

So dont miss out on what will be a very exciting afternoon of rugby sevens at the Tupapa park.