Country defeated Town 28-22 at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia on Saturday to retain the Conan’s Cup women’s rugby league series. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23061001
The Country side has retained the Conan’s Cup women’s rugby league series after beating Town in a tough game two over the weekend.
Country made a
strong comeback in the second spell to beat Town 28-22 in a tit-for-tat game
two at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia on Saturday.
Town lost to defending champions Country 20-24 in the
first match of the series played at Victoria Park in Tupapa.
In game two, Town led 14-10 at the break after a
brilliant start with Paeru Ngaroi giving her side a 10-0 lead with two tries
and a conversion. Danny Tixier extended Town’s lead with their third try 14-0.
Country bounced back through Ngamata Moeka’a who
scored twice and a conversion from Stephanie Nooroa to trail 10-14 at the
In the second half, Country levelled the game 14-all
through Courtney Napa who later converted her own try to take lead 16-14.
Town’s Seta Batiratu put her side back in the lead
with a try 18-16 before Country ran rampant with tries from Tehinnah Tatuava
and Courtney Napa and two successful conversions from Nooroa.
Town scored a consolation try as Country held on to
win the match and the series 28-22.
Town will be hoping to register a win when the two
teams meet again in a dead rubber third clash this weekend.
The Conan’s Cup series is held in honour
of a man who had a passion for league, the late Colin (Conan) Ngari
Remembered “as the big man with the big
heart”, Munokoa-Tini was the eldest son of former MP for Nikao, Ngamau Munokoa
and her husband Ngari, and passed away at the age of 45 in 2010.
He was a former president of the
Arorangi Bears Rugby League Club, a huge supporter of the Avatiu Eels Rugby
League Club, and was heavily involved in the referee’s association and junior