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Oceania competitions wrap – New leaders in New Caledonia

AS Pirae's Sandro Manu Tau on the attack in their 1-1 draw with AS Tefana. Photo. AS Pirae Facebook.

Whilst much of the region enjoyed an Easter weekend away from the action there were still fixtures played in both Tahiti and New Caledonia’s premier competitions over the weekend.

In New Caledonia’s Super League, two round one games that had to be postponed from the opening weekend due to the impact of Cyclone Fili finally took place.

Two of last year’s top performing teams, Hienghène Sport and SC Ne Drehu faced off and it was Ne Drehu who took the win. Nathanaël Hmaen scored both goals in a 2-0 triumph which laid an early marker down about their title credentials.

However, it was Tiga Sport who had the most eye-catching weekend. They cruised to a 5-0 win in their rearranged fixture against JS Baco to move into top spot after one round of matches in Super Ligue 2022.

Tiga are now top on goal difference ahead of Ne Drehu and AS Lossi, who also won their first game of the season against AS Kunie.

In Tahiti, whilst the Coupe de Polynésie was the main event over the Easter weekend, two Ligue 1 fixtures also took place.

Both were rearranged fixtures from earlier in the season, with AS Tefana facing AS Pirae and AS Tiare Tahiti taking on AS Venus.

Tefana and Pirae played out a 1-1 draw at the Stade Louis Ganivet, an 89th minute header from Teheivarii Ludivion cancelling out Benoit Mathon’s seventh minute opener.

Meanwhile, second-placed Venus kept the pressure on AS Dragon at the top of the table, Tauhiti Keck’s double helping them to a 4-1 win over Tiare Tahiti.

You can read all about the weekend’s action from the Coupe de Polynésie here, with plenty more action to come next weekend – including the return of Fiji’s Super League and Premier League as well as the preliminary round of New Zealand’s Chatham Cup.

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