Roaring Panthers claim league title

Monday 24 May 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports


Roaring Panthers claim league title
2021 champions Tupapa Panthers at the National Stadium on Saturday night. 21052332

Avatiu Nikao Eels players and fans were left fuming after Tupapa Panthers scored the winning try on the hooter to claim the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition premier title.

A last minute try from Oki Naea handed Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers the premier men’s rugby league title at the National Stadium in Nikao on Saturday night.

Both teams were locked at 18-all when Naea barged his way through to score the winning try on the hooter to beat the dejected Eels 22-18 in a tightly contested affair.

The Panthers also claimed the reserves grade title beating Arorangi Bears 38-22. The Bears won the under-19 grade overcoming Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles 30-10.

In the U16 complimentary match, the Panthers defeated the Bears 40-4.

In the U14 final, the Panthers overcame the Sea Eagles 30-0 while the Eels won the U10 and U12 titles beating the Sea Eagles.

The U8 match between the Eels and the Sea Eagles ended in a draw.

  • Detailed report in tomorrow’s edition.