League set for some exciting clashes

Monday April 23, 2018 Written by Published in League

An exciting battle between the top four teams in the domestic rugby league competition is expected today.


In the round 11 clash, table leaders the Avatiu/Nikao Eels will be hosting Arorangi Bears, while Titikaveka Bulldogs will take on Tupapa Panthers at Teimurimotia Park.

Yesterday, the TKV Warriors were scheduled to host Aitutaki Sharks at Happy Valley Field.

Maintaining their unbeaten run, the Eels are much favoured against the Bears, who have been struggling after a good start in the opening rounds.

The Terry Piri-coached Eels silenced the surging Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles last week after an impressive 34-8 win at Nukupure Park.

Bears lost to the Panthers 14-22 at home last week as their comeback in the second spell proved too late to change the fate of the match.

Given Eels rampant form, Bears will need more than a miracle to snatch an away win at The Swamp.

The Panthers, also unbeaten in the competition, remain a force to be reckoned with and will head in as favourites against defending champions Bulldogs.

They had a good first half against the Bears last week but lapses of concentration in their defence caused them some trouble in the dying stages of the Raemaru Park clash.

The Bulldogs will need maximum points from today’s encounter to cement their top-three placing.

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