SOME interesting results from Round 12 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup.Central Falcons were kept scoreless as the visiting Rangers side shell shocked them on Saturday night. Other results included a fight back by the Leopards in the second half to draw level with the competition leaders, Auckland Lions, on Sunday afternoon at Ericsson. The Storm once again defeated at home, this time to the Bulls.The Orcas fought back from last week's defeat at the hands of the Jetz, to totally outplay Waicoa Bay in Wellington. And finally on Monday night, a ripper of a game with Harbour snatching a narrow win over the Jetz in the dying seconds of the game.Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, LevinWaitakere Rangers 38Tries: W. Clarken, B. Nelson, B. Perenara, D. Shepherd (2), H. Barclay (2)Goals: D. Shepherd (2), S. Jones (3)Central Falcons 0Halftime Score: 10 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Sunday 18 June 2006Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland (C/R To Warriors vs Knights)Auckland Lions 26Tries: A. Swann, L. Toimoana, S. Buckingham, P. Ale, D. DavisGoals: S. Buckingham (3)Tamaki Leopards 26Tries: T. Leaunoa, W. Heta, M. Ashford, I. Hagaitoa (2)Goals: M. Ashford (1), W. Heta (2)Halftime Score: 16 ? 6 To Auckland LionsNorthern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, WhangareiCanterbury Bulls 42Tries: D. Aitken, A. Timo, C. Fraser, S. Hurrell (2), C. Lawrie (3)Goals: S. Hurrell (5)Northern Storm 20Tries: B. Hikaka, L. Price, J. Walker, J. FreemanGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 26 ? 0 To Canterbury Bulls Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, WellingtonWellington Orcas 42Tries: O. Kua, D. Miti, H. Davis, A. Parker, P. Rudman, B. Matulino (2)Goals: L. Boyd (7)Waicoa Bay Stallions 18Tries: M. Haggie, I. John, P. PrimeGoals: H. Karena (3)Halftime Score: 24 ? 12 To Wellington Orcas Monday 19 June 2006Counties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour Tigers North Harbour Stadium, AucklandHarbour League 32Tries: S. Metcalf, D. Glasgow, H. Tuihalangingie (2), J. Golf (2)Goals: J. Trott (4)Counties Manukau Jetz 30Tries: D. Heketoa, M. Filipo, J. Ioapo, L. Faleono, T. Tuifua (2)Goals: D. Heketoa (3)Halftime Score: 18 ? 10 To Counties Manukau Jetz
ROUND 12 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup will see some tough games for the teams vying for a Top 5 spot on the competition table.First game up tomorrow night is the clash between the Falcons and Rangers in Levin. A heavy loss to the competition leaders last week has seen the Cental Falcons slip down the table to be near the bottom. They'll be looking for a solid performance up against the Watakere Rangers who had an impressive win over bottom placed Northern Storm in Round 11 Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, Levin 7.30pm Kick OffCENTRAL FALCONSZIGGY TANGIRATIM CAHILLELISHA LEOTASTEPHEN FORBESTERRY CLUNE (C)HAISLEY ROBSONSHANE LAHINASIMON HEADRICKY HURUNUIHEYDON HEALEYRICKY THORBYBENSON TUPOUROPATI PALEAAETONY GREIGRUSSELL PACKERISAAC TUPAICoach - DAVID LOMAXWAITAKERE RANGERS(#20) CLIFFORD BEVERLEYWILLIAM CLARKENBOYCIE NELSONROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONJUNIOR FIUROB SEUALASCOTT JONESKARL GUTTENBEILHENRY TURUA (Co-C)DEAN SHEPHERDMARK TOELAUHAMISH BARCLAYDANIEL O?REGANCoach - BERNIE PERENARAReferee: Adam BurnsSunday 18 June 2006 Top of the table Auckland Lions take on 3rd placed Tamaki Leopards in the curtain raiser for the Warriors vs Knights game. There'll be plenty of talent on show for the early birds to Ericsson, including players from the Warriors development squad wanting to impress. Looking forward to this clash.Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 11.50am Kick Off(C/R To Warriors vs Knights)AUCKLAND LIONSDAVID FISI?IAHIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNLUI TOIMOANASTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTJULIAN O?NEILLLEE WETHERILLSIONE POUHASALA FA?ALOGOPALETASALA ALEFABIAN SOUTERDANIEL O?REGANDYLAN DAVISTwo more to be namedCoach - BRIAN McCLENNANTAMAKI LEOPARDSCOOPER VUNATAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZAKOTISI FAKALATA (CLINTON TOOPI)ISAAKO HAGAITOAWILLIAM HETA (Co-C)MANA ASHFORDGEORGE TUAKURADARIN KINGISINAVE FAITALE (Co-C)FRED TURUWHENUAISAAC LIAVAAGEOFFREY RUAPOROPAUL ATKINSRICHARD JOHNSONTROY BECROFTSIONE NIUILACoach - DEAN CLARKReferee: Craig PascoeNorthern Storm may feel the brunt of the Bulls fire when they meet up early Sunday afternooon in Whangarei. A rare home defeat for the Bulls last week against the Harbour League side will still be in their minds I'm sure. The Storm have shown they can cause a bit of damage, and no better place to do it than in front of their supporters.Northern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, Whangarei 1.00pm Kick OffNORTHERN STORMBRENDAN HIKAKADYLAN WEREJACK WALKER (C)MASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONANTHONY CLYDESTEVE RAULINTON PRICEVINCENT MAFIADAM DONALDSONJOHNEEN FAGAVAOKAHURANGI HENAREHENRY GODINETJOEL FREEMAN (VICTOR TUTUILA)JOE IOANEFINAU MOALA (PUHI TOA)Coach - GEOFF MORTONCANTERBURY BULLSLUSI SIONESCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENBEN HURRELLLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOBLAKE MILNERCLINTON FRASERCOREY LAWRIEDANIEL METCALFROBERT BUTLERROSS TURIJOHN LENECoach - PHILIP PRESCOTTReferee: Leon WilliamsonThe Stallions have had a couple of good wins in the last two rounds and will travel down to Wellington full of confidence for their match on Sunday afternoon. The mostly youthful Orcas side fought hard on Monday night against a tough Jetz side and can take a lot of heart from that. A tough one to pick a winner from.Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, Wellington 2.30pm Kick OffAddress: Off Marine Drive, Petone, Wellington WELLINGTON ORCASDION LAULUDESTA BUCHANANOMPALUS KUATOLOVAE AUVAAMELI KOLIVAUALEHANA MARALEON BOYDTAYLOR PELENISEBEN TARAEKAMOSE MASOEDALLAS RENNIEDANIEL MISAHAYDEN DAVISMICHAEL LEALAVAAASHLEY PARKERBEN MATULINOPAUL RUDMANCoach - PAUL BERGMANWAICOA BAY STALLIONSJUNIOR AURUMOKONUIARANGI McGRATHKARL PERRYTETEIRA DAVISMICHAEL MOOREISAAC JOHNSHAYDEN KARENADAVID LETELE (C)PETER PRIMEJOSHUA DAVIDANARU GRANTSIMON BEALENOAH RUTENETALANOA VILIAMISHANE TEKURUMICHAEL STEVENSPAUL CLOUSTONCoach - HIKI RUTENEReferee: Glen BlackOne of the top match ups of Round 12 is saved for Monday night when the Jetz take on Harbour League in Albany. Both sides come off impressive away wins from last week. One point seperates the two sides on the table, with the Harbour side just out of the Top 5. Monday 19 June 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori TelevisionCounties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour League North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffCOUNTIES MANUKAU JETZDAVE HEKETOAJEFFERY MATAILIU FALEONOMARVIN FILIPOTALIVAKAOLA TUIFUAJESSE IOAPOELIAKIM UASIANDREW TAUAILEIMONI MOALAJOHN VAIMAUGATALIPOPE TUIFELASAIROMAN HIFOANDREW WHARTONWILLIAM WOLFGRAMMGEORGE ELIKIMAURICE AH VOAIRO TEARIKICoach - GARY KEMBLEHARBOUR LEAGUEDYLAN RAMEKATUI SAMOASHAUN METCALFJEREMY GOLFJOE VAIFALEJARED TROTTDWAYNE GLASGOW(#20) CHRIS TUPOUSONNY CAVANAGHTANE HART (C)JEREMIAH PAIARTY SHEADJASON KAMARIERAROCKY EDWARDSHOPOATE TUIHALANGINGIEDAMON TROTTIVALA VAAELUACoach - KENNY McINTOSHReferee: Dave Pakieto
GAME Two of the European Nations Qualification Tournament for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup kicks off this Saturday when Serbia plays hosts to Georgia in Belgrade.In what will only be the second encounter between the two nations, Serbia will be looking to improve upon their result from last year which saw them leave Dynamo Stadium in Tiblisi 44 ? 12 runners up. Serbia?s squad is expected to be similar to the team that recently took on the touring English Lionhearts (made up of players from the Rugby League Conference and National League III in the United Kingdom) in April, whilst Georgia, will again be an unknown quantity right up till kick off. The significant preparation Serbia have taken in the lead up to the clash, including hosting the Lionhearts and a number of the top Russian Rugby League clubs will make them difficult opponents for the Georgians, who have not played an international since last years European Nations Cup, however with greater player depth and size, it will be unlikely that the visitors wont leave victorious. Georgia and Serbia join Russia and Holland in the Qualification tournament, in which the two highest placed nations at the end of the round-robin competition will join Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Lebanon in the main European Qualification event to be held later this year.Source: www.arldevelopment.com.au
NEWCASTLE Knights forward Steve Simpson says he feared his chances of playing for Australia were over after pulling out of last year's Tri Nations tour.
MANLY front-rower Brent Kite has been called into the Australian squad ahead of Friday night's rugby league Test against New Zealand.Kangaroos coach Ricky Stuart today requested an 18th man be added to the squad and Kite will join the team when it flies to Brisbane tomorrow morning for the one-off Test at Suncorp Stadium. Australian Rugby League chief executive Geoff Carr says having the extra player on hand is just a matter of covering all contingencies in case of illness or a training mishap.Marshall to start for Kiwis
AUSTRALIAN captain Darren Lockyer says he can't remember more interest in a rugby league Test than what the Kangaroos are dealing with in the lead-up to Friday night's showdown with New Zealand in Brisbane.
MANLY captain Ben Kennedy has reversed his decision to retire from representative rugby league and has made himself available for Australia for the Anzac Day Test match.
INSPIRATIONAL Manly skipper Ben Kennedy is set to make a decision today on his availability for next month's Anzac Test against New Zealand.
MANUREWA has won the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial for the first time, beating minor premiers Papakura 34-24.
The game represented the first time in the history of the Fox Memorial that either team had played in the final.
It has taken Manurewa over 70 years, since the championships inception in 1931, to win the Auckland club competition.
It was mistake free football and a man of the match performance by second rower and veteran Richard Blackmore that proved the difference.
The Marlins started with an incredibly strong wind at Ericsson Stadium, which they used wisely, outscoring the Sea Eagles three tries to one in the first half.
The first of the Marlins tries came from a clever William Heta grubber in the 8th minute, the lock forwards deft touch proving too good for Papakura throughout the 80 minutes. The try was converted by half Aaron Woodhouse to make it 6-0.
Ten minutes later and Manurewa were at it again, a long kick and good defensive set had the Sea Eagles on the back foot. A solid lead up and clever kick had Jeffrey Matai over for the Marlins second. The try was converted to make it 12-0.
With 20 minutes gone, Papakura were struggling to get out of their half and make any sort of threat on the Marlins line. Matters were made worse when Siunipa Tuifua was sin binned for the Sea Eagles with a quarter left in the half.
Manurewa looked like they?d taken advantage of the one man over lap, but offside calls from a Heta kick had Matai disallowed his second try. It wasn?t until the 31st minute that Papakura threatened Manurewa?s line and centre Airoe Boaza was unlucky not to score after being held up.
A composed set and Manurewa were back on attack deep in the Eagles half. A played at grubber gave the Marlins back to back sets which they made count.
Quick hands were the key in giving Glen Campbell the space to score in the right hand corner, Henry Heta and Richard Blackmore providing the assist for the try.
William Heta took over the goal kicking duties and managed to convert from the sideline, the ball ricocheting in off the left hand upright to give Manurewa an 18 point lead.
Sharp thinking from the kick-off provided Papakura with only their second point scoring opportunity of the half. Winger Tali Tuifua was brilliant, the bulky speedster receiving the ball from a tap penalty and running 20 meters through some soft Manurewa defense to give the Eagles their first try of the day and a six pointer.
The try gave Papakura a confidence boost and some much needed points going to the sheds 18-6 down.
It didn?t take long for the Marlins to find their form in the second spell, Blackmore providing the bust and the offload to fullback Bruce Anderson, who flicked on to Woodhouse who was tackled five meters short.
Blackmore charged into dummy half, where he dived over to score the fourth try of the day, three minutes into the half. The kick was successful by Heta and the difference was 18.
A strong defensive effort and some bone crushing tackles by second rower Jackson Crangle gave Manurewa further territory into the wind. Lock forward Heta, in the mould of a Scott Hill, was at it again, creating space and looping Matai to give Falani Autagavaia a try and another six pointer.
At 30-6 the Marlins were still hammering any Papakura player that moved, still showing desperation in their defense in the 70th minute.
With just over 10 minutes to go, Papakura began to show some urgency and kick into gear. The two weeks off in the finals proving a hindrance to the minor premier?s grand final hopes.
Some continued possession and a bull driving run from Manu Tawhi provided Isaako Hagaitoa with his first try for the afternoon in the left hand corner. Half Jamie Tupaea converted to bring them up to 12 points.
Two minutes later and the Sea Eagles Clayton Rogers busted the line after some clever interplay from stand-off Bishop Phillips and utility Frank Wade. The raging prop taking a wide line to beat the fullback and score to make it 30-18 with the conversion.
Their was a glimmer of hope for Papakura, with luck they were two tries away from taking the game to extra time. It wasn?t out of the question, minute?s later winger Tuifua broke the line only to be brought down in a try saver by Matai.
But with just over five minutes left, some Heta magic left Papakura for dead. The playmaker drew in three tacklers and gave space for stand-off Walter Hati to draw and pass to center Phillip Borrell for a 30 meter run to the try line. Hagaitoa scored a consolation try late in the piece to make it 34-24 and restore some pride in the Sea Eagles performance.
Few errors, control of the football and strong defense gave Manurewa a clear advantage and their first Fox Memorial title in their first attempt.
THE Final of the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial competition has two teams competing that have never made the final of the competition before, making it a very interesting match-up indeed.