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Panthers hand Bears first loss in 2019 Cook Islands Premiership

Defending Premiers, the Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers, have handed the previously undefeated Arorangi Bears their first loss for season 2019, defeating the competition leaders 34 – 22 at Victoria Park.

The loss sees the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles remain as the only undefeated team in the Cook Islands Rugby League Premier Division, after they recorded a 40 – 16 win over the Aitutaki Sharks Nukupure Park.

In the third match of the round, the Takuvaine Warriors suffered another major loss, going down to Titikaveka Bulldogs at Teimurimotia Park.

ROUND FIVE RESULTS:
Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers 34 defeated Arorangi Bears 22
Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles 40 defeated Aitutaki Sharks 16
Titikaveka Bulldogs 76 defeated Takuvaine Warriors 6