Tupapa Panthers in action earlier this year. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 21030725
The Tupapa Panthers premier side is all set to finish the preliminary round unbeaten after bagging another win in the domestic rugby league competition on Friday
The rampaging Tupapa Panthers extended their
lead in the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition after recording another big win.
The Darren Piri-coached side thumped Aitutaki Sharks 72-14 at Victoria Park in
With a match remaining before the knockouts
starting in a fortnight’s time, the Panthers look all set to finish the
preliminary round unbeaten and on top of the five-team points table.
Coach Piri is not counting their chickens
before they hatch but remains optimistic of finishing the preliminary round of
the competition on a high.
“Big wins like this gives us confidence but
there is still plenty work that needs to be done to play league at the level we
want,” Piri said.
“Its good to have those wins but our real test
will be next week when we play the Eels.”
The Panthers beat the Avatiu Nikao Eels, who
are placed second, in the opening round.
Meanwhile the Eels will take on the struggling
defending champions Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles in the lone premier match
this afternoon at Nukupure Park. The Sea Eagles need to win this match at any
cost in order to stand any chance of finishing in the top four.
The Clive Nicholas-coached Eels will be hoping
to claim maximum points from this match to maintain their second spot in the
Raemaru Park, Arorangi – 11.45pm U10/12
Panthers-Bears (Ref by club officials), 12.30pm U14 Panthers-Bears (Ref by club
officials), 1.30pm U19 Panthers-Bears. Nukupure Park – 11.20am U8 Sea
Eagles-Eels (Ref by club officials), 11.45am U10/12 Sea Eagles-Eels (Ref by club
officials), 12.30pm U14 Sea Eagles-Eels (Ref by club officials), 1.30pm U19 Sea
Eagles-Eels, 3pm Reserves Panthers-Eels, 4.30pm Premier Sea Eagles-Eels.