Monday 3 April 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in League, Sports
The Bears defeated the Panthers 22-18 in an entertaining clash at Raemaru Park in Arorangi on Saturday.
In a physical encounter, both teams tried to gain dominance early in the opening half but struggled with their defensive plays.
The Bears were first to strike to lead 6-0, much to the delight of the home fans.
The Panthers bounced back to level the score 6-6 before the Bears capitalised on their opportunities to lead 16-6 at the break.
After a very entertaining first half, the Bears continued their rampaging run with another try to extend their lead to 22-6.
Sensing defeat, the visitors regrouped to mount a comeback but fell short, going down 18-22.
Panthers’ loss allowed Avatiu Nikao Eels to regain their lead in the competition after a big win on Saturday against Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles at Raemaru Park.
Hurting from their loss to the Panthers a fortnight ago, the Clive Nicholas-coached Eels thumped the Sea Eagles 68-10. The side led 40-0 at the break.
In the women’s competition, Lady Bears pulled off a major upset beating the previously unbeaten Lady Panthers 24-10 on Friday at Raemaru Park.