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The top three teams in the current rugby league competition all registered good wins at the weekend.

The Avatiu Eels thrashed the Sharks in Aitutaki 36-8 while a tight match was seen between the Ngatangiia Sea Eagles and Titikaveka Bulldogs with the Eagles edging out the doggies 20 - 16.

At the BCI Stadium on Saturday, a huge turnout by Arorangi Bears supporters spurred the Bears on to beat the Takuvaine Warriors 36-20.

The Bears were relentless in their attack on the Warriors who at times showed good form but every time the Warriors dotted down, the Bears replied almost immediately.

The Bears had had a 26-4 lead over the Warriors at the half time break and the Warriors big running Travel Tou made headway for his side with a storming run to crash through the Bears and dot down in between the goal posts to close the Bears lead to 26-10.

Rodney Tiro of the Warriors built on the good work started by Tou to score a try of his own and pull in the Bears lead to 26-16.

Arorangi hit back with two more tries with the final say going to the Warriors, though the final try wasnt enough to beat the Bears who walked away with the win.

This coming weekend will mark the last round games of the rugby league competition which will head into the top four playoff next week.

At this stage the top four looks like the Eels, Sea Eagles, Bears and Panthers who had a break at the weekend.

The top two teams will playoff with the winner going straight to the grand finals scheduled for May 28 and the loser will play the winner of the 3rd and 4th place playoff.

The winner of this match will then head to the grand finals.

This weekends final round of games will see the Titikaveka Bulldogs premier grade play the Aitutaki Sharks while the Bulldogs junior grade will play the Arorangi Bears and the Bears premier grade takes a break.

On Saturday the Tupapa Panthers will host the Avatiu Eels club, with a massive game predicted between the two premier teams.

Also on Saturday, the Takuvaine Warriors will play the Ngatangiia Sea Eagles in what is expected to be another physical and action packed match.