Sea Eagles on a mission

Tuesday May 29, 2018 Written by Published in League
Tom Weeks scores Ngatangiia/ Matavera Sea Eagles’ second try in their 26-18 win over the Avatiu Nikao Eels in the rugby league semifi nal on Saturday at the BCI Stadium. 18052825 Tom Weeks scores Ngatangiia/ Matavera Sea Eagles’ second try in their 26-18 win over the Avatiu Nikao Eels in the rugby league semifi nal on Saturday at the BCI Stadium. 18052825

The Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles are on a mission. And there was no stopping them in the domestic rugby league competition.

Up against the odds, the side has twice proven their critics wrong with stunning performances in the preliminary finals.

After shocking the defending champions Titikaveka Bulldogs, over the weekend the Muri-based team slayed another giant, Avatiu Nikao Eels, in their quest for the premiership title at the BCI Stadium.

And if the Bobby Hansen-coached side is able to maintain its recent form, there will be no stopping the Sea Eagles when they take on Tupapa Panthers in this Saturday’s grand final.

Against the Eels on Saturday, the Sea Eagles were a class above, dominating almost every facet of the game to clinch a 26-18 win.

They defended well and fought aggressively to fend off any threatening challenge that the Eels put to them.

Eels were simply outclassed by the sheer determination of the Sea Eagles, which has carried them so far in this competition.

Sea Eagles took a 6-0 lead in the match following a try from George Terekia, whose chip kick was misread by the Eels defenders, allowing the Australia-based player to stroll over the tryline.

Scant minutes later, Lai Rogorogoivalu set up a try for teammate Tua Ravula to level the match at six-all.

Then in the 19th minute, after a brilliant play from their forwards, Sea Eagles sent the ball wide to Tom Weeks, who put the side back in the lead 12-6.

Eels saw a try denied and the Sea Eagles were lucky to escape what seemed like a knock-on, allowing the nippy Ben Wemin to make a 60-metre dash for the try of the day, extending the lead to 16-6. Eels fought back and after some relentless effort, managed to score through Ravula to cushion the deficit to 12-16.

A penalty to the Sea Eagles in the dying stages of the opening spell allowed Daniel Toa to successfully boot a two-pointer for an 18-12 lead at the break.

Eels made a better start in the second spell, pushing through the Sea Eagles defence line in their bid to level the game. Sea Eagles defended well but let Leki Vahefoou slip through to level the match 18-all.

Lack of discipline stood out like a sore thumb for the Eels, allowing the Sea Eagles another opportunity to extend their lead, with Toa making no mistakes in slotting the ball between the uprights for a slender 20-18 advantage.

Later, a superb 40/20 advantage kick by Juwaan Terekia 10 minutes from fulltime gave the Sea Eagles an excellent attacking opportunity, which was executed well by brother Shaiquan for a 26-18 win.

In other matches, Titikaveka Bulldogs defeated Sea Eagles 32-18 in the under-19 semis. The Bulldogs will now take on Arorangi Bears in the final this Saturday.

In the reserve grade, Tupapa Panthers overcame Arorangi Bears 32-30 and will play the Eels in the final.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Poko Taramai Terekia. Tuesday, 29 May 2018 22:45 posted by Poko Taramai Terekia.

    Very proud of the S/Es.Wishing you all the best for the up coming weekend.Do us proud God be with you all God bless kia manuia.

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