Avatiu’s Lui Nicholas clears the ruck against Tupapa Panthers. MELINA ETCHES/ 21071801
Tupapa Panthers maintained their unbeaten form in the Rarotonga Club 15s competition overcoming Avatiu Nikao Eels over the weekend.
Panthers defeated the Eels 27-5 in the main Senior A match at The Swamp in
Avatiu on Saturday.
teams enjoyed a fair share of opportunities but in the end the Panthers proved too
strong for the Eels.
Panthers speedsters Junior Buresova and Peniasi Dakuwaqa both scored a brace of
frontrower KC Kora and utility players Lai Rogorogoivalu and John Penu stood
out in the match. The best players for the Panthers were their point-scorers Buresova
and Dakuwaqa and goal kicking first five eighth Jojo Karati.
the other Senior A grade match, Arorangi Bears defeated Takuvaine Reds 46-12. The
Bears led 15-5 at the break.
the women’s 7s matches, the Lady Bears played twice on Saturday, losing 0 – 24 to
Avatiu Eels before beating newbies TKV Reds 15-5.
Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) will welcome some regional-level youth competition
with the U19 Rarotonga taking on Aitutaki Rugby 15s in series of matches to be
played on Tuesday and Friday this week.
development manager Ben Koteka said: “The CIRU vision was to create a youth
competition pathway from home inclusive of our outer families so in 2019 the
inaugural U19 Rarotonga versus Aitutaki Rugby 15s series was played in Aitutaki
and this ended in a drawn 1-all series with Rarotonga winning game one 15-6 and then Aitutaki reversed the
ledger by winning game two 15–9.”
2021 U19 Rarotonga team is coached by ex-Cook Islands reps Turori Matutu, Terry
Henry and Teokotai Tuaivi and managed by the “world famous” Aunty Lydia Nga.
U19 Aitutaki squad have been training under the leadership of Graham Jefferies,
Drollet Joseph and Len Toi. They will start arriving into Rarotonga from today.
two teams will meet tomorrow in the opening match of the series at 4.30pm at
Raemaru Park in Arorangi. The second match will be held on Friday at The Swamp
in Avatiu at 4.30pm followed by the final match on Saturday at Victoria Park in