Tupapa Panthers and Avatiu Nikao Eels clashed in week three of Rarotonga Club 15s competition at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia on Saturday. The Panthers won 20-19. MELINA ETCHES/23072309
Tupapa Panthers have taken the lead in the Rarotonga Club 15s competition after a slender 20-19 win over Avatiu Nikao Eels on Saturday at Nukupure Park in Ngatangiia.
Eels left it too late against the Panthers in the top of the table clash over
12 minutes to go, the Panthers were leading comfortably by 20 points to nil.
within a seven-minute period the Eels struck back by scoring 19 unanswered
points with three tries and two conversions.
the 80th minute of this match and with the fulltime hooter sounded the Eels
were awarded a kickable 35 metre penalty goal, but unfortunately their normally
reliable Eels first 5/8 Viiga Reupena was unable to convert this into points.
Panthers who led at halftime by 10-0 remain the only unbeaten team in the
best player for the Eels were their forwards Lua Faafoi Faosi, loose forward
Jone Rainima and elusive left winger Nathan Nabou and classy first 5/8
the Panthers, their busy young front rower Olive Willie and lock Kana Nga,
abrasive midfielder Rudi Sita and ex-Cook Islands 15s player and fullback
Jamien Iroa were standouts.
the other premier grade match held on Friday at Nukupure Park, Titikaveka
Bulldogs shocked Arorangi Bears with a 16-all scoreline.
penalty goal kicked after the fulltime hooter had sounded by the Bears first
5/8 Basil Matapo was sufficient for the highly favoured Bears to draw this
match against their country-cousins, the much-improved Bulldogs team.
the Bears, their hardworking forwards lock Suli Koliloa and front rower Ox
Moananu and exciting utility back Taio Taio, who tried his best to ignite the
Bears attack, stood out.
best players for the Bulldogs were midfielders Mark Tuaati and Timothy
Tangirere and busy lock Rakon Marsters.
halftime score was 8-all.
the premier Women’s 10s match held on Saturday, Tupapa Panthers defeated
Arorangi Bears 15-0.
Panthers 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 15-0 win.
Bears tried hard to remain in the contest and their best players were Stephanie
Nooroa and Samantha Lockington.
Panthers: 20 (Tries: Lua Tua, Kana Nga & Rudi Sita Conv: Jamien Iroa. Pen: Daniel Toa) Avatiu
Eels: 19 (Tries: Lua Faafoi Faosi, Ryan Daniel & Tama Nicholas. Conv: Viiga
Bulldogs: 16 (Tries: Rakon Marsters
& Bambridge Valoa. Pen: Timothy Tangirere ) Arorangi Bears: 16 (Tries:
Suli Koliloa & Nelson Ngaiorae. Pen: Basil Matapo ). This week’s matches
will be played at Victoria Park in Tupapa.