Sea Eagles maintain lead

Tuesday April 09, 2019 Written by Published in League
Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles skipper Daniel Toa attempts a conversion against Avatiu Eels at Nukupure Park on Saturday. 19040831 Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles skipper Daniel Toa attempts a conversion against Avatiu Eels at Nukupure Park on Saturday. 19040831

 Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles maintain their lead in the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition 2019 after an unbeaten run.

 

In round nine competition over the weekend, the mighty Sea Eagles extended their winning run to seven matches with a close 23-22 win against the Avatiu Eels at Nukupure Park.

The match held on Saturday proved a nail-biting encounter and the home side managed to clinch the winner in the dying stages of the clash via a field goal.

The Sea Eagles skipper Daniel Toa said wins like the one against the Eels was only possible through their hard work and dedication at the training runs.

Toa, who plays the fullback, said the players believed in themselves and were optimistic of keeping their winning run intact.

The Sea Eagles played catch up league most of the match as the Eels managed to take an early lead.

But the resilient Sea Eagles came back in the second spell to cushion the deficit and in the dying minutes, level the game before launching the winner.

“I guess we go through the week, train hard and come to these matches with the ultimate goal to play to win.

We came from behind, Avatiu was ahead most of the time and it was a tough game,” Toa said.

“But we believed in ourselves and we had the goods to finish it off.”

Toa said their winning run was history for the club.

The Sea Eagles have never come this far in the competition without conceding a loss and their current run may well take them through this season undefeated.

“We are making history for the club. We have never gone through winning from the beginning of the season and we want to keep it that way.”

The side from Muri will surely face another acid test against the bruised Tupapa Panthers who were on a bye last weekend.

The Panthers’ last match was a huge loss to the Eels (4-42) and they will without doubt come determined to get back on winning ways for a top place finish in the competition.

“It’s back to the drawing board for us and we will look at our game and see the areas where we lacked and the opportunities we were unable to execute,” Toa said.

The Panthers are likely to have their key players, who were away on national duty with the Cook Islands Sevens team, back for this crucial encounter.

For the Sea Eagles, this will be another chance to extend their historic run.

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