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Friday 20 August 2010 | Published in Regional


After last week’s table-turning start to round two of the CITC club rugby season, this week’s match ups are sure to spring some more surprises.

Last week saw all first round winners fail to repeat their season start performances.

The Avatiu Eels were comprehensively thrashed by the Arorangi Cowboys 34-7 while the Ngatangiia Dragons struggled to find their form against the Takuvaine Reds who snuck in to win 10-6.

And the biggest surprise of them all was the Tupapa Panthers who finally sprung to life to register their first win – a thorough 31-0 beating over the Titikaveka Bulls.

So this week’s main match between the Dragons and Panthers is sure to send sparks flying.

The Panthers will be on a high after their emphatic win over the Bulls, however they face a somewhat hard to predict Dragons outfit.

But one thing is for sure – the Dragons will be calling for all their supporters to back them up on their home ground on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Eels under 13 grade will host their Bulls counterparts today for the start of week 8 of games.

Their match will be followed by the Senior B grade clash between these two clubs.

Remaining Bulls grades will travel to the swamp for their games with the Eels on Saturday.

At the Happy Valley field, the Reds as hosts and hard fought winners over the Dragons last week should be on form this Saturday when they face the top of the table Cowboys who will be brimming with confidence after their Eels stampeding session last week.

Whatever colour you wear – this week’s games are shaping up to be crackers!

Get out and support your club.

- Matariki Wilson

Friday 20 Avatiu- Nikao vs Titikaveka at Avatiu – 4.15pm Under 13, Ref-Vania Tou assisted by club officials, 5.00pm Senior B, Ref-Pare Rongokea assisted by Vania Tou and Tutai Taurarii.

Saturday 21 Avatiu-Nikao vs Titikaveka at Avatiu – 1.00pm Under 16, Ref-Tai Ngari-Wichman assisted by Vania Tou and Bishop Bishop, 2.00pm Under 19, Ref-Johnny Hosking assisted by Bishop Bishop and Puai Wichman, 3.10pm Women, Ref-Tutai Taurarii assisted by club officials, 4.10pm Senior A, Ref-Tua Manea assisted by Tutai Taurarii and Tai Ngari-Wichman.

Saturday 21 Takuvaine vs Arorangi at Takuvaine –12.15pm Under 13, Ref-Poto Ngaroi assisted by Puru Samania and club official, 1.05pm Under 16, Ref-Dan Munro assisted by Vaivase Samania and Puru Samania, 2.55pm Senior B, Ref-Fraser Nooroa assisted by Poto Ngaroi and Sean Willis, 4.05pm Senior A, Ref-Simion Teiotu assisted by Sean Willis and Dan Munro.

Saturday 21 Ngatangiia-Matavera vs Tupapa at Ngatangiia – 2.05pm Under 13, Ref-Tangi Toa assisted by Paul Peyroux and Club Officials, 3.00pm Under 16, Ref-Ratu Mato assisted by Paul Peyroux and Ratu Mato, 4.10pm Senior A, Ref-Arthur Emile assisted by Ratu Mato and Tangi Toa.