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Monday 18 March 2024 | Written by Solomone Taukei | Published in Rugby league, Sports


Sea Eagles and Panthers soar
Tupapa Panthers defeated Arorangi Bears 30-17 at Victoria Park on Saturday. SOLOMONE TAUKEI/ 24031710

The Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles and Tupapa Panthers won their respective premier men’s matches in week one of round two Cook Islands Rugby League Rarotonga 13s competition.

The Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles soared to victory once again on Friday afternoon in a thrilling showdown against their arch-rivals, the Titikaveka Bulldogs, replicating their triumph from the opening round.

In a clash marked by fierce physicality and strategic gameplay at Victoria Park in Tupapa, the Sea Eagles capitalised on the Bulldogs’ errors to secure a commanding 36-10 win.

Sea Eagles coach Dion Nepia demonstrated his tactical prowess, guiding his team with a focus on structured play right from the kick-off until the final whistle.

With steadfast confidence in his squad’s abilities, Nepia is determined to lead them to the pinnacle of the season standings, pushing for excellence at every opportunity.

On Saturday, the Tupapa Panthers displayed their dominance on home turf in the first half of their match, leaving no stone unturned as they asserted their authority.

However, as fatigue set in and fitness levels waned in the second half, the game grew scrappier, allowing the defending champions Arorangi Bears to capitalise on the Panthers’ shortcomings and narrow the score line.

Coach Darren Piri expressed disappointment in his team’s performance, emphasising the need for them to focus on their own game rather than being swayed by the opposition.

Maintaining consistency in their gameplay is paramount for the Panthers as they strive for success in future encounters, securing a hard-fought 30-17 victory over the Bears.

In the women’s game, the Lady Panthers and the Lady Bears showcased their prowess in attack and defence, engaging in a physical battle for supremacy.

The Lady Panthers, spurred on by their home crowd’s fervent support, displayed a hunger for victory that propelled them to a convincing 20-8 win over the Lady Bears.

Despite the setback, defending champions Lady Bears exhibited resilience and determination, refusing to concede defeat easily as they continue to seek their peak form in the ongoing season.

In the under-16 category, the Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles once again asserted their dominance over the Panthers, securing a decisive 32-18 victory on enemy territory. The Sea Eagles’ young guns showcased their talent and tenacity, overpowering their opponents to clinch another impressive win and maintain their unbeaten streak.

As the rugby league season progresses, each team faces its own set of challenges and triumphs, with every match serving as a test of skill, strategy, and determination.

As fans eagerly await the next round of fixtures, one thing remains certain – in the world of rugby league, anything can happen, and the battle for supremacy rages on.