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Bears optimistic of win against hapless Sea Eagles

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Rugby league, Sports

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Bears optimistic of win against hapless Sea Eagles
Arorangi Bears thumped Ngatangiia Sea Eagles 32-6 at Nukupure Park in February. 21021409

Arorangi Bears premier men’s side will be going all out to maintain their third placing in the 2021 Raro Cars Rugby League competition.

In game one of round two today, the Bears will host defending champions Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles at Raemaru Park.

In lead up to the Aitutaki Sharks versus Avatiu Nikao Eels match late yesterday, the Bears were placed third on eight points behind leaders and unbeaten Tupapa Panthers who boasts 12 points followed by Avatiu Nikao Eels who had 10 points.

The Aitutaki Sharks were fourth followed by the Sea Eagles.

The Bears and the Sea Eagles match in the opening match of the season. The side thumped the Sea Eagles 32-6 at Nukupure Park.

The home side will need to win today’s match in order to maintain their top three placing while Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles will be eyeing for their first win in the competition.

Travis Makirere, the new Bears coach, said they have had two wins and two losses so far.

Makirere said they were gunning for maximum points from today’s clash.

However, he said they were up against the odds heading into the match because of few injuries in team.

“In round one we managed to see what our strengths and weaknesses were and now we are focused on improving those weaknesses.”

The Bears began the 2021 season with a new coach and management and also some new players and the focus has been building and working on their combinations.

Makirere said they “are still trying to get it right” and has called on their fans to come out in numbers and support them against the Sea Eagles.

Fixture

Raemaru Park: 11.45am U10/12 Arorangi Bears-Sea Eagles, 12.30pm U14 Bears-Sea Eagles, 1.30pm U19 Bears-Sea Eagles, 3pm Reserves Bears-Eels, 4.30pm Premier Bears-Sea Eagles. Victoria Park: 11.45am U10/U12 Panthers-Eels, 12.30pm U14 Panthers-Eels