Undefeated versus giantkillers

Saturday March 23, 2019 Written by Published in League
Full fl ight … Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles will be hoping to soar high against Arorangi Bears today at Nukupure Park. 19031034 Full fl ight … Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles will be hoping to soar high against Arorangi Bears today at Nukupure Park. 19031034

Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles is a match away from achieving a milestone – finishing the opening round of domestic rugby league competition unbeaten.


But standing on their way is a resilient Arorangi Bears who have so far proven giantkillers in the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition 2019.

The feature match of round seven between these two team, also the top of the table clash, will be held at Nukupure Park today, kicking off at 4.30pm.

The Sea Eagles have overcome the giants in the competition, including defending champions Tupapa Panthers.

They are a formidable side playing with lot of confidence and dynamism.

The side bolstered by the Papua New Guinean and Fijian imports also have top quality local players who add to the strength of the team.

The Bobby Hansen-coached is led by a fiery backline orchestrated by their impressive standoff Ben Wemin.

The Bears have also had a superb run in the competition – unbeaten until they met the Panthers a fortnight ago.

The only loss so far has done a little dent to their campaign as they look to bounce back to winning ways this weekend.

The Bears have lost their past two away matches against the Sea Eagles by over 30 points.

The onus is on the rejuvenated visitors to turn the tables and surprise the Sea Eagles at their own backyard.

Bears manager Pare Rongokea said they were heading to Ngatangiia with a winning attitude.

“It’s going to be a tough match and the team who will execute their chances early into the match will come out victors,” Rongokea said.

“We were on a bye last weekend but we were busy fundraising for our Aitutaki trip … still had a chance to work together and iron out the areas we lacked (against Tupapa Panthers).

“We have lost by over 30 points in the last two years at Nukupure Park and we want to avoid that for sure. We have a good side now and we hope to do our best.”

Local rugby league commentator George George expects a cracker of a match between the two sides.

George said both sides have their own strengths and would be going all out for the maximum points.

“The Bears’ main strength is their forwards led by Andre Iro, Tanire Mokoroa and Robert Heather. These three are their powerhouses and they certainly make a lot of yardage for their team.” George said.

“They are also very strong with their sets and on their feet. They are hard to tackle and they can surely prove a handful.”

George said the Sea Eagles’ backline was their major weapon.

“Especially their standoff Ben. He is their go to man and can squeeze through from the slightest gap he can find on the field.

“Their imports are their major capital and it’s impressive to see how the local players complement with the import players. Their captain Daniel Toa plays well alongside Ben and they also have some big forwards like Tereinga Henry to drive them through.”

In the other premier clash today, the Avatiu Eels will take on Takuvaine Warriors who are the only side without a win in the competition.

Meanwhile the Bulldogs played Aitutaki Sharks at Teimurimotia Park yesterday.



Nukupure Park – 11am U9/11 Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears (Play Half Field), 11.40am U13 Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears, 12.30pm U16 Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears, 1.40pm U19 Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears, 3pm Reserves      N

Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears, 4.30pm Premiers Nga/Matavera Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears; Takuvaine Field – 4.30pm Takuvaine Warriors-Avatiu Eels. Bye – Tupapa Panthers 

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