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The top 5 positions in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition are more evident after Round 12 of the competition, leaving only 4 rounds left before the play offs.
Marist Richmond Brothers defeated Central Falcons as expected by 42-18, although the Falcons had the lead at halftime. Marist broke away in the second half scoring 30 points. Ropati and Guttenbeil continue their personal contest in try scoring for Marist, both crossing the line twice this week.
Marist Richmond 42 (J. Tavita 2, J. Ropati 2, K. Guttenbeil 2, J. Kellet tries; G. Rota 7 goals)
Central Falcons 18 (S. Forbes, N. Coburn, T. Clune tries; D. Wilson 3 goals). Halftime: 10-16.
Canterbury Bulls move into second position on the competition ladder with their victory over bottom place Wildcats by 42-28. The Bulls tend to falter a little away from home, and with the Wildcats in the lead at the break by 18-16, it looked top be a major upset developing. But the Bulls settled to play a great second half.
Canterbury Bulls 42 (C. Herekotukutuku 2, E. Hei Hei, S. Beyers, J. Clarke, T. Pelenise, J. Taipari, C. Newton tries; J. O'Brien 5 goals)
Taranaki Wildcats 28 (W. Wasey, H. Healey, S. Hoskin, P. Hei Hei, N. Hohaia tries; S. Hoskin 3 goals; Hohaia goal). Halftime: 16-18.
Once again this week the Wellington side showed they can mix it with the big guns when they held the North Harbour Tigers to a 20 all draw. The draw makes it all the more difficult for the Tigers to get into the top 5.
Wellington 20 (C. Fox, V. Apu'ula, T. Lavulavu, J. Monu tries; N. Taumoli 2 goals)
North Harbour 20 (K. Ganley 2, K. Johnson tries; R. Retimana 4 goals). Halftime: 4-6.
Eastern Tornadoes managed to soundly defeat last year's champions, Mt Albert Lions, by 38-10. With a lead of 24-0 at halftime, the victory seemed easier than expected.
Eastern Tornadoes 38 (P. Fisiiahi, G. Tupou, N. Ngametua 2, N. Scanlon, S. Faitala tries; J. Noble 7 goals) Mt Albert Lions 10 (A. Ikihele, K. Wright tries; B. Lythe goal). Halftime: 24-0.
Hibiscus Coast put of a fine display of football to beat the Otahuhu Leopards by 58-28, with Daniel Floyd leading the way kicking 9 goals and scoring 3 tries. The NZ Warrior players sent to the competition performed very well in the 15 try game.
Hisbiscus Coast 58 (D. Floyd 3, J. Vaifale, J. Carlaw 2, T. Domminc, D. Fisher, S. Stowers, R. Wigg tries; Floyd 9 goals)
Otahuhu Leopards 28 (V. Mellars 2, L. Hohaia 2, E. Mann tries; T. Laiseni goals). Halftime: 36-12.
The Glenora Bears playing Manuwera Marlins, gave them a run for their money, but couldn't come away with the victory, going down by 38-24. Mark Tookey managed two tries for the Marlins, trying to get his place back in the NZ Warriors side.
Manurewa Marlins 38 (C. Ingram, G. Eliki 3, M. Tookey 2, S. Tupou, D. Hemapo tries; T. Mathews 3 goals)
Glenora Bears 24 (T. Samoa 3, A. Lole tries; T. Edwards 4 goals).
Round 12 games at a glance:
July 19th - July 20th
Marist Richmond 42 - Central Falcons 18 Canterbury Bulls 42 - Taranaki Wildcats 28 Wellington 20 - North Harbour 20 Eastern Tornadoes 38 - Mt Albert Lions 10 Hisbiscus Coast 58 - Otahuhu Leopards 28 Manurewa Marlins 38 - Glenora Bears 24