PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites NZ Maori have overcome a brave Niue side, to record a 54-4 victory to kick start their tournament ahead of their key match up against the Samoans.
THE Cook Islands have progressed to the Pacific Rim Grand Final after a narrow 20-12 victory over the ANZ Fiji Bati side.
ROUND 14 of the Bartercard Cup will be the make or break for four teams, as the pressure mounts with only three matchs left in the 2004 competition. The Tigers, Bulls, Tornadoes and Jetz are all fighting it out for the fourth and fifth position on the table, after all four teams were beaten last weekend.
IN the final regular round of Bartercard Cup 2004, there are still four teams vying for the last two positions in the top five. Eastern Tornadoes found the pace to hot to handle last week, going down 62-32 to Canterbury Bulls ending chance of making the finals. In the match of the round, top placed Marist Richmond Bulldogs tasted defeat for the second time this year, going down 30-26 to second place Mt Albert Lions. The loss cuts their lead to one point on the table, and puts them in danger of missing their second Minor Premiership in as many years.
IT started with 12 teams back on April the 16th, now we are down to the top five teams in 2004. On Saturday the defending champions Canterbury Bulls take on North Harbour Tigers, in a do or die match with the loser being eliminated.