Tupapa Panthers’ Peniasi Dakuwaqa tries to make a break against Arorangi Bears. PHOTO: CI NEWS/21091314
Defending champions Tupapa Panthers are hoping to redeem themselves in the 2022 domestic rugby league 13s season when they take on high flying Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles this afternoon.
The Panthers lost to Avatiu Nikao Eels 22-54 in round one of the weekly competition at the Aretere Park last week while the Sea Eagles thumped Titikaveka Bulldogs 58-6.
coach Darren Piri says they are working on getting players turning up to
training and working on the defensive line.
are working on simple attack plays. We are starting from the bottom again.”
got smashed last weekend. We are struggling with player numbers. Other clubs
are also struggling with player numbers. A lot of players have gone to New
said their focus this week had been their defence.
we need to work on is our defensive line, work out our combinations for attack
luck to everybody playing (today), if you haven’t got anything else to do, come
out and support the clubs.”
Eagles coach Richard Piakura said it was good to get a win under the belt. “We
will be relying on our big boys, our forwards to lead. We have to strengthen
our defence and get our line speed up,” Piakura said.
have been getting good numbers, a full squad at training. We have been working
knows the Panthers are a strong team, we just need to man up on the day and
everything else will fall in to place. Good luck to both teams. “
there has been a change of venue for one of the games this weekend. The weather
is not in favour of games being played at Victoria Park, Tupapa, therefore
hosting ground has been moved to Nukupure Park, Muri.