Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
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The second half of the split Round 2 is due to be played over this weekend, April 26th/27th.
2002 champions, Mt Albert, take on the Glenora Bears. Both teams recorded wins in Round 1, so will be looking to get another 2 points from this round.
Mt Albert Lions vs. Glenora Bears, 26th April 2003, Fowlds Park 2:30pm.
Mt Albert Lions:
G. Rattenbury, A. Bauer, H. Vasa, B. Ivory, A. Ikihele, M. No'ovao, S. Buckingham, S. Pouha, L. Talamaivao, P. Teniseli, M. Clark, S. Falogo, W. McDade; (reserve) K. Wright, S. Dewhurst, J. Fiu, TBC.
Coach: John Ackland.
S. Harrison, S. Halatoa, A. Iole, A. Fuimaono, T. Fapito, G. Bailey, A. Bidios, A. Pereira, K. Robarts, M. Toelau, L. Tamatoa, E. Lauaki, K. Edmondson; (reserves) J. Karaitiana, A. Clyde, N. Su, W. Mackie.
Coach: Dean Hunter.
The Tornadoes went down to North Harbour Tigers by the narrowest of margins in Round 1, so will be looking for a solid performance against the Taranaki side who were hammered by Canterbury in Round 1.
Eastern Manukau Tornadoes vs. Taranaki Wildcats, 26th April 2003, Ericsson No.2 2:00pm.
Eastern Manukau Tornadoes:
P. Fisiiahi, T. Fatui, D. Fisiiahi, G. Tupou, N. Ngaretua, J. Noble, C. Wetini, K. Mene, N. Scanlon, E. Pele, L. Tufeao, F. Tupou, J. Pai; (reserves) A. Liava, U. Uilou, S. Tangauiha, T. Leuluai.
Coach: James Leuluai
D. Rameka, B. Ngata, O. Kua, S. Hoskin, M. Ioane, J. Ngamotu, J. Hoskin, W. Parker, H. Blackburn, J. Kaihe, N. Tatupu, G. Towers, K. Martin; (reserves) P. Heihei, A. Harrison, D. Luke, D. Hape.
Coach: Alan Jackson.
The curtain raiser for the Warriors / Panthers game, to me, is the match up of the round. Both the Raiders and the Bulls had good wins in Round 1, and certainly will be looking to dominate the game early. A good battle, I'm sure.
Hibiscus Coast Raiders vs. Canterbury Bulls, 27 April 2003, Ericsson Stadium 2:00pm (Sky Sport 2 Delayed 7:30pm).
Hibiscus Coast Raiders:
D. Floyd, J. Vaifale, S. Ata, M. Filitonga, S. Finefeuiaki, C. King, A. Aspin, D. Rennie, R. Wigg, P. Bidios, T. Raniera, K. Temata, J. Tavaga; (reserves) C. Shears, S. Stowers, S. Tereora, T. Nikora, S. Matafeo (one to be omitted).
Coach: Tony Benson/Brian McClennan.
S. Wallace, E. Hei Hei, R. Martin, J. Manning, R. Hanson, L. Sione, J. O'Brien, V. Whare, S. Beyers, A. Timo, C. Newton, S. Norton, T. Wallace; (reserves) A. Harris, K. Ferris, R. Villasanti, C. Lawrie.
Coach: Phil Prescott.
Results from the three Round 2 games played 19th-21st April:
Central Falcons 42 - Otahuhu Leopards 24.
Marist Richmond Brothers 46 - Manuwera Marlins 32.
North Harbour Tigers 48 - Wellington 28.