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With the play-off teams decided understandably some of the top teams slackened the ropes a little in Round 15 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition. The top three teams now sit equal on 24 points apiece.
Mt Albert Lions as predicted, came up with the two points over Wellington on Saturday afternoon. Now tied for top spot in the competition, the Lions have everything to play for in the remaining rounds, especially a week off.
Mt Albert Lions 44 A. Bauer, S. Dewhurst, H. Vasa, A. Fungapo, S. Buckingham 2, W. McDade tries B. Lythe 7 goals. defeated
Wellington 28 C. Fox, N. Taumoli, V. Apula, J. Tuimaualuga, J. Limmer tries J. Monu 4 goals
Halftime 20 - 10 to Mt Albert Lions
A spirited second half display by the Canterbury Bulls helped them get the 2 competition points, and 1st equal placing on the table. The Tigers were impressive going into the break 20-4 up, but great defence and fine play by the Bulls saw them well and truly back in the match.
Nth Harbour Tigers 24 K. Ganley, K. Johnson 2, W. Roberts, T. Taitoko tries R. Retimana 2 goals
Canterbury Bulls 36 J. Clarke 2, J. Taipari 2, S. Beyers, A. Timo, C. Herekotukuku tries J. O'Brien 4 goals
Halftime 20 - 4 to Nth Harbour Tigers
A fine performance at home by the Central Falcons saw them defeat the Glenora Bears by 34-24. The Falcons should be impressed by their display on the field beating a team most would have tipped to win.
Central Falcons 34 W. Live 2, N. Cobarn, M. Timoti, J. Royal, T. Clune tries D. Wilson 4, B. Hekenui goals
Glenora Bears 24 S. Halatoa, A. Iole, T. Samoa, H. Lauaki tries A. Clyde 4 goals
Halftime18 - 12 to Central Falcons
Taranaki Wildcats finally notched up their first 2 points in the competition after defeating the Manuwera Marlins 32-18. The Marlins unfortunately have not been consistent this year, the Wildcats totally deserving the points.
Taranaki Wildcats 32 N. Hohaia, D. Rameka, J. Enoka, R. Luke 2, H. Blackburn tries S. Hoskin 4 goals
Manurewa Marlins 18 T. Karaka, R. Utai, G. Eliki, P. Borell tries T. Pamatangi goal
Halftime 14 - 14 All
Marist can be very pleased with themselves after knocking the Hibiscus Coast Raiders off their solitary perch at the top of the ladder. The Raiders were a little guilty of complacency and now share their lead in the competition with the Bulls and the Lions. A very tight first half with both teams heavy on the defence, soon cut loose in the second half with Marist making the most of their opportunities.
Marist Richmond Brothers 18 B. Collins, H. Kapi, H. Turua, G. Rota tries R. Ioane goal
Hibiscus Coast Raiders 10 D.Floyd, S.Stowers tries C. Floyd goal
Halftime 4 - 4 All
The Eastern Tornadoes side showed why they deserve to be in the play-offs when they demolished the Otahuhu Leopards 60-12. Boosting their confidence with this win, the Tornadoes can only go on from here.
Eastern Tornadoes 60 P. Fisiiahi 2, T. Pulini, G. Tupou, D. Fisiiahi 4, J. Tuapola 2, H. Rangi tries J. Noble 7, R. Gentles goals
Otahuhu Leopards 12 S. Mavea, G. Tuakura, G. Vaafusuaga tries
Halftime 34 - 4 to Eastern Tornadoes
Round 15, game results at a glance.
Aug 9th - 10th:
Mt Albert Lions 44 - Wellington 28
Nth Harbour Tigers 24 - Canterbury Bulls 36
Central Falcons 34 - Glenora Bears 24
Taranaki Wildcats 32 - Manurewa Marlins 18
Marist Richmond Brothers 18 - Hibiscus Coast Raiders 10
Eastern Tornadoes 60 - Otahuhu Leopards 12