Sharks are yet to win a match in the competition, although the team managed a default win after TKV Warriors failed to travel to Aitutaki to play against them.
The Bears, who have suffered two losses so far, remain a team to be reckoned with in the competition. They will head into today’s clash as the favourites, but the Sharks are expected to come out strong to defend their turf.
“With having to sit fourth placing on the points table for nearly a month with only three points, the Bears are desperate for the win, but the Sharks think otherwise as they showed it last weekend with a very close loss to the Sea Eagles,” said Cook Islands Rugby League Association competition coordinator Taua Benioni.
The match of the week will see defending champions Titikaveka Bulldogs hosting current table leader Avatiu Nikao Eels at Teimurimotia Park tomorrow.
“Bulldogs have the hosting advantage to try and upset the top of the table Avatiu Eels. I always said the better team with the least mistakes and the right attitude will prevail and this is what cost both of these teams against the Panthers,” Benioni said. In the other premier match this weekend, Warriors will host Ngatangiia Sea Eagles at the Happy Valley.
The Happy Valley Field will also host the junior development matches and the under-19 clash.
“My picks are Sea Eagles by 10, Bears by 15, Eels by 4 – so get down to the parks and support your club colours. Good luck and a safe game to all,” Benioni said.
Today in Aitutaki at 5pm: Sharks v Bears. Tomorrow at Teimurimotia Park at 5pm: Titikaveka Bulldogs v Eels; 3pm Premier Reserves; 4.30pm Premiers. Happy Valley at 11am: Junior Development; 1.30pm Under 19s Sea Eagles v Bears; 3pm Premiers Reserves Warriors v Panthers; 4.30pm Premiers Warriors v Sea Eagles.