Lady Panthers players congratulate each other after their 15-0 win over Lady Bears on Saturday. Picture: MELINA ETCHES/
The three-match women’s rugby union 10s series in the Rarotonga Club 15s competition kicked off last Saturday with two teams battling for top honours.
Panthers, combining with TKV players, and Lady Bears are taking part in the
series which kicked off at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia.
Panthers made a strong start to their campaign beating the Bears 15-0 in game
one. They led 5-0 at halftime with a try to their hard running forward June
the second half, the Panthers scored two more tries to their speedy utility
backs Soko Dikoinakua and Seta Batiratu to seal the win.
Panthers manager Julieanne (Julz) Westrupp said the girls are still struggling
to transition to union after having over three months of rugby league.
is a lot more technical when it comes to rulings and the girls also find this
to be a weakness in understanding the game,” Westrupp said.
were lucky to come out victorious in last week’s game and only expect a harder
game this week.”
said the Lady Bears have some great players.
Saturday the Arorangi side tried hard to remain in the contest with Stephanie
Nooroa and Samantha Lockington leading the charge. However they were not able
to execute their opportunities.
said: “We commend them for also having new players like ourselves as well. At
the end of the day, it’s all about women’s growth in the sport and to see new
players is a bonus and win for women’s rugby in general.”
said that both sides seemed to struggle with numbers.
managed one sub (substitute) last week after being able to join TKV to help boost
Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka said most sporting
federations preparing for the upcoming Pacific Games have put conditions in
place that have resulted in many players pulling out of the rugby union
still good to have two teams. It’s all part of development and building
capacity,” Koteka said.
Westrupp paid tribute to their coaches.
coaches (Koa Kopu, Ed Taraitua and Wallace Aroita) offer a huge range of
talent, experience and knowledge that we are grateful for.
also understand young Willie Heather is assisting the Arorangi women.”
said they were lucky to have all these gentlemen helping them.
them, it would be tough. Bring on game two.”