THE 2008 Lion Red Premiership Preliminary Series kicks off on Saturday 29 March and to launch, defending Fox Memorial Premiers Manurewa take on Richmond Bulldogs (2007 titleholders) for the Stormont Shield, the first major peice of silverware on the line
THE Auckland Vulcans suffered their second defeat in as many matches when beaten 34-18 at Wentworthville on Sunday.
AN extra-time thriller has seen Manurewa come from behind and snatch victory from Papakura 28-20 at Mount Smart.
PLAYING in front of almost 29,000 Warriors fans, the Manurewa Marlins lifted a gear in the second half of their major semi-final to boost home against Richmond 32-10.
THE Papakura Sea Eagles have booked their place in the Lion Red Fox Memorial final with a come from behind win over Richmond.