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Results through from an excellent weekend of Rugby League in Auckland including the Lion Red Fox Memorial, the Sharman Cup and the Phelan Shield.
Lion Red Fox Memorial Premiership
Props Ivala Va'aelua and John Clarken laid a solid platform in the Glenora Bears best performance to date. Leading at the split 6-0, the Bears gave nothing away against Otahuhu and ended up winning comfortably 23-4. Steve Carroll had his best game from the bench, the second rower making a number of effective tackles and featuring in some strong hit-ups. Despite a lethargic start, the Marist Saints were able to continue with their fine run. The Saints struggled for the first 50 minutes against Manurewa and trailed 24-16 ten minutes into the second spell. However a strong comeback and dazzling displays by fullback Ricky McCamish and centre Billy Tupou helped Marist grab victory 44-24. The Richmond Rovers remain unbeaten following their convincing 38-8 victory over East Coast Bays. The Rovers gained momentum through prop Manu Mau and fullback Meke Unasa. Unasa was dangerous out wide, breaking the line at will throughout the match. The Papakura Sea Eagles bounced back from last week's defeat to beat Te Atatu 36-28 at Prince Edward Park. SAS Sharman Cup Northcote youngster Kevin Locke has again scored five tries for the Tigers in their 74-4 trouncing of Papatoetoe. The 18-year-old showed his versatility by slotting into the centres for the match. With the ability to play fullback, stand-off and centre, Locke has proven he's certainly one to keep an eye on in the future. Stand-off Tumanako Boyce was another who performed well for the Tigers. The number six led his troops round the paddock and showed an outstanding passing game. Boyce combined well in the halves with debutant Trent Wallace. A New Zealand under 16s representative, Wallace impressed on debut and managed a brilliant individual try. A standout performance from centre Joe Anderson has given Pakuranga a fantastic away win 24-20 against Bay Roskill. The Jaguars led at the break 14-10 and continued to hold the pressure in the second spell despite the efforts of Vikings fullback Amasa Siale. Siale featured strongly for Bay Roskill but was unable to better his sides result. In other results Mangere East beat Otara 40-30 and Mt Albert grabbed a win over a determined Howick side, the Lions winning 36-18. Mandron Masonry Phelan Shield The Ponsonby Ponies have maintained their unbeaten run with a convincing 66-12 win over the Rodney Rams. Centre Sio Alefosio grabbed five tries for the visitors, starring in a wonderful display of attacking football. Ellerslie centre Scotty Parata was another to get over the line for a handful. He capped off a successful day with a hatrick in his side's 74-0 thrashing of Mt Wellington. The Eagles played some sublime football at times and reminded supporters of their potential. The Glenfield Greyhounds have come away with their best performance of the season, beating the highly rated North Shore Dolphins 30-20. Led by Patrick Kapi, the Greyhounds showed great determination and courage to win away from home in tough conditions. In other results Manukau beat Waitemata 20-10 and Hibiscus sneaked home against Point Chevalier to win 28-26.