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Ball possession the key to semi-final

Saturday September 21, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
A Tupapa Panthers playmaker braces as he suddenly realises he’s going to be the meat in the middle of an Eels sandwich tackle during last week’s elimination match.  19091512 A Tupapa Panthers playmaker braces as he suddenly realises he’s going to be the meat in the middle of an Eels sandwich tackle during last week’s elimination match. 19091512

Whichever team turns their ball possession into points will win today’s semi-final club rugby match between the Tupapa Panthers and Arorangi Cowboys.

 

Today’s game will be played on neutral grounds at the Avatiu Swamp where defending champions the Panthers have the favourites tag.

They are tipped to take out today’s game based on their 24-11 win against the Cowboys over a fortnight ago and their solid defence this short season.

The Panthers will no doubt still be smarting over their loss against the Eels last week when their usual solid defence buckled under the Eels pressure to see the Avatiu men slip through to next weekend’s grand finals.

No doubt the Eels will watch this game played on their home ground with much interest as the winner of the game will be their grand final opponents.

 Meanwhile in the wild west, the Cowboys ranks have been boosted with the return of their barnstorming forward Andre Iro.

Impressively, the Cowboys had to stack their senior side with youth players last week in their winning game against Takuvaine to fill in the huge gap left by the Cowboys Mr reliable Steve Willis and Andre Iro who are said to be back on the rock and ready to rumble for the Cowboys.

Junior games will get today’s rugby programme underway at the Avatiu Swamp and will no doubt soften the ground for the grand finals match.

Juniors take to the field at 1pm for the under 11 and under 13 Quick Rip games followed by the Town versus Country under 19 game at 3pm.

The main match of the day between the Panthers and Cowboys will kick off at 4pm officiated by Tua Ngaputa.

See you at the Swamp to find out who meets the Eels in the 2019 club rugby grand finals. 

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