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Saturday 11 June 2011 | Published in Regional


Exciting rugby sevens games will be played at Raemaru Park this afternoon during day two of the pre-season rugby sevens tournament.

Under 13 and 16 grade players opened up the season yesterday and today the under 19 grade will kick start games at 12pm.

Defending pre-season sevens champions the Avatiu Eels will feature ex and current national sevens plays including Duane Gukisuva, Bruce Goldsworthy and some fit young CISA students.

The team will miss the experience of Nicholas brothers Lui and Clive this weekend but no doubt the club has a string of rising stars to fill in the gap.

The Ngatangiia Dragons are the dark horses of this years comp and players to watch from the Ngatangiia side are Sailosi Nagi and also returning Cook Islander Steve Skinnon who is an ex North Harbour and Wellington NPC winger.

The Cowboys are expected to have a few surprises in store and will be coached by sevens representative Spoon Marsters.

The Cowboys have been training secretly post-league season and watch for their new Fijian imports.

The Tupapa Panthers will be lead by the likes of Conrad Piri and Teina Savage and their band are young stars.

The Titikaveka Bulls and Takuvaine Reds will do their talking on the field as they will no doubt take advantage of the underdog tags and bite when they are least expected.

Todays games start at 12pm and are expected to run right up to 5.16pm for the last game.

Todays draw 12pm (under 19) Avatiu Eels vs Arorangi Cowboys, 12.17pm (under 19) Takuvaine Reds vs Ngatangiia Dragons, 12.34pm (under 19) Titikaveka Bulls vs Tupapa Panthers, 12,51pm (senior A) Avatiu Eels vs Ngatangiia Dragons, 1.08pm (senior A) Arorangi Cowboys vs Tupapa Panthers, 1.25pm (senior A) Takuvaine Reds vs Titikaveka Bulls, 1.42pm (under 13) Avatiu Eels vsTupapa Panthers, 1.59pm (under 13) Ngatangiia Dragons vs Titikaveka Bulls, 2.16pm (under 13) Arorangi Cowboys vs Takuvaine Reds, 2.33pm (under 16) Titikaveka Bulls vs Avatiu Eels, 2.50pm (under 16) Takuvaine Reds vs Tupapa Panthers, 3.07pm (under 16) Arorangi Cowboys vs Ngatangiia Dragons, 2.33pm (under 19) Avatiu Eels vs Takuvaine Reds, 3.41pm (under 19) Titikaveka Bulls vs Arorangi Cowboys, 3.58pm (under 19) Tupapa Panthers vs Ngatangiia Dragons, 4.15pm (women) Town vs Country, 4.32pm (senior A) Arorangi Cowboys vs Avatiu Eels, 4.59pm (senior A) Ngatangiia Dragons vs Takuvaine Reds, 5.16pm (senior A) Tupapa Panthers vs Titikaveka Bulls.