New rugby league champions beckons

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Rugby league, Sports


New rugby league champions beckons
Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles players and fans celebrate after claiming the premier title in the Raro Cars Rugby League 2019. The Sea Eagles defeated the 2018 champs Tupapa Panthers 26-6 in the final. 19060222

Defending champions Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles’ reign is all but over after another heavy loss in the weekly competition.

The Sea Eagles suffered another big loss in the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition.

The defending champions went down to favourites Tupapa Panthers in their third match of round two on Saturday.The Darren Piri-coached Panthers thumped a hapless Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles 86-8 in a one-sided affair at Victoria Park

The heavy loss means the Sea Eagles stand a very slim chance of finishing top four.

Prior to the Panthers match, the Sea Eagles had only one win from six matches and placed at the bottom of the five-team points table. They defeated Aitutaki Sharks 32-28 in their second match of round two.

The Sea Eagles needed an upset win against the Panthers over the weekend to stand any chance of finishing in the top four.

Their last match in the preliminary competition will be against Avatiu Nikao Eels this Saturday. The second placed Eels recorded a 46-22 win against Arorangi Bears last Saturday and are the firm favourites against the Sea Eagles this weekend.

In the other premier match, Aitutaki Sharks will host the Panthers at The Swamp on Friday.


Panthers vs Sea Eagles: Prems – 86-8 win to Panthers – Panthers try scorers –  Peniasi Dakuwaqa (1), Tua Ravula (1), Afereti Anau (2), Kelepi Komaisavou (2), Jason Potoru (1), Jeremy Campbell (2), Isimeli Ravula (1), Thomas Toa (1), James Nand (2), Turori Matutu (2), Seruvi Ralulu Snr (1). Conversion/Penalties: Kelepi Komaisavou (3), Savenaca Junior Buresova (8)

Sea Eagles try scorers – Junior Kiriau (1), Ngamata (1).

Reserve Mens – 34-26 win to Bulldogs – Bulldogs try scorers –Poasa Sotia (1), Joe Napa (4), Turi Boaza (1). Conversion/Penalties: Timo Tangirere (5)

Panthers try scorers – James Jnr Auora (1), Mark Whippy (1), Davey Mato (1), Tomasi Wellington (1), Kanute Ritawa (1). Conversion/Penalties: Jojo Karati (3).

Open womens – 22-4 win to Lady Bulldogs – Bulldogs try scorers – Aps Vavia (2), Hinnah Tatuava (1), Shar Atai (1), Sam Lockington (1). Conversion/Penalties: Hinnah Tatuava (1) Panthers try scorers – Mahana Sjip (1).

Under 19’s – 36-16 win to Sea Eagles – Panthers try scorers – Temaruata Tearaitoa (3), Taonge Poila (1). Sea Eagles try scorers – Jesse Toa (1), Zakuriaz Tuaati (1), Ryan Daniel (4), Tumaru Taruia (1). Conversion/Penalties – Zakuriaz Tuaati (4).

Under 14’s – 62-0 win to Panthers – Panthers try scorers – Tione Nand (3), William Henry (1), Teina Ngametua (1), Juvima Pouao (2), Roma Daniel (1), Shane Tuteru (1), Vaine Takaiti (1), Ephraim Simpson (1). Conversion/Penalties – Tione Nand (8).

Under 12’s – 28-12win to Panthers – Panthers try scorers – Claude Simpson (2), Matangaro Strickland (1), Eliakima Webb (1), Joseph George (3).