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Friday 21 July 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Rugby Union, Sports


Bears wary of Bulldogs
A Titikaveka Bulldogs player tries to squeeze past Avatiu Nikao Eels defenders in their 8-35 loss last week. The Bulldogs will take on Arorangi Bears at 4.30pm today. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23071719

The Arorangi Bears are not going to underestimate Titikaveka Bulldogs when the two teams battle today in the Rarotonga Club 15s competition in Muri.

Arorangi Bears who went down in a closely contested match against Tupapa Panthers last week, will today face the Bulldogs at Nukupere Park in Ngatangiia.
Bears coach Tavake Karika, lamenting on last week’s 12-11 loss to the Panther, said it was a close game.

The side is hoping to get back to winning ways when they take on the Bulldogs at 4.30pm this afternoon.
However Karika said “we can’t underestimate what Titikaveka will bring to the field, they have improved on a weekly basis”.

He said for the Bears, they just need to tidy up their ball security around the ruck area and put pressure on the opposition.

“Keep it simple and play basics.”

The Bulldogs have lost matches already but they are not giving up yet.
Last week, defending champions Avatiu Nikao Eels thumped the Bulldogs 35-8.
Titikaveka’s Tereapii Tumutoa says their faith, family and the love for their village is molding the boys together.

“Turnout to training has been good, every team is struggling as we know it’s only four teams, we are happy as well that Titikaveka is helping keep this great game alive.
“The main focus for this game is to give it our best, empty out the tank, play hard and enjoy the game.
“At the end of the day only one team can come out victorious, and the team that comes out and plays hard will be it. May the best team win.”

Avatiu Nikao Eels will take on Tupapa Panthers in an exciting clash on Saturday at Nukupure Park.