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Redemption or repeat?: Panthers face off against Bulldogs again

Friday 22 March 2024 | Written by Solomone Taukei | Published in League, Sports

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Redemption or repeat?: Panthers face off against Bulldogs again
Titikaveka Bulldogs’ Tomasi Bikaca takes on Tupapa Panthers at Aretere Park on Friday. The Bulldogs won the match 38-30. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/ 24021633

In a highly anticipated clash in the Cook Islands Rugby League Rarotonga 13s premier men’s competition this afternoon, Tupapa Panthers are gearing up to face off against Titikaveka Bulldogs at Aretere Park in Avatiu.

This match holds special significance for the Panthers, as they are seeking redemption after a surprising defeat to the Bulldogs in round one.

The Panthers, determined to avenge their earlier loss, are approaching this game with fierce determination and hunger for victory.

Coach Darren Piri emphasised the importance of fitness and hard work, stating that the key to success lies in the players’ ability to push themselves beyond their limits and execute their game plan flawlessly.

“The boys just need to be fit and work extremely hard and get beyond the line,” Piri said.

He stressed the need for the team to stick to their strategy and not allow themselves to be swayed by the opposition’s tactics.

With a focused mind-set and disciplined approach, the Panthers are poised to deliver an onslaught performance this afternoon.

On the other side of the field, the Bulldogs are nursing their wounds from previous encounters but remain determined to maintain their winning streak against the Panthers. Despite facing challenges, they are ready to bring their A-game and replicate their success from round one.

Both teams are well aware of the stakes riding on this match. For the Panthers, it’s about redemption and proving their worth after a setback. For the Bulldogs, it’s about maintaining their dominance and solidifying their position at the top of the league standings.

As the anticipation builds and the countdown to kick-off begins, fans are buzzing with excitement. The atmosphere is electric, with supporters from both sides eagerly awaiting the clash of titans on the field.

The Panthers versus the Bulldogs match will kick off at 5pm.

The feature premier men’s match of the week will be held tomorrow between the hosts Avatiu Nikao Eels and defending champions Arorangi Bears. In the women’s match to be held tomorrow, Lady Bulldogs will take on Lady Panthers.