The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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With three games played in the weekend, the split Round 2 finally over.
The Mt Albert / Glenora clash was the match of the round. A very tough game for both sides, with Mt Albert narrowly beating the Bears 28 -26.
Mt Albert Lions 28 (A. Ikihele 2, S. Buckingham, S. Fa'alogo, M. Asoau tries; S. Buckingham 4 goals) Glenora Bears 26 (L. Tamatoa, A. Iole, S. Halatoa, M. Toelau, E. Lauaki tries; Halatoa 3 goals). Halftime: 12-16.
Eastern Tornadoes had no trouble at all piling on points over the Taranaki side. A staggering half time lead of 44-0 certainly had the Taranaki side wishing the game was over. The final score 84 - 12 to the Tornadoes.
Eastern Tornadoes 84 (N. Ngametua 3, T. Fatui 2, D. Fisiiahi 2, J. Tuapola, G. Tupou, J. Noble, C. Wetini, U. Uilou, E. Leuluai, N. Scanlan, A. Liava'a tries; Wetini 11 goals, J. Pai goal) Taranaki Wildcats 12 (U. Kua, J. Hoskin tries; S. Hoskin 2 goals). Halftime: 44-0.
The warm up game before the Warriors clash saw some brilliant football by the Hibiscus Coast Raiders. An early run away try to the Canterbury Bulls semed to ignite the Raiders side, and they looked classy to the end. Fullback Daniel Floyd had another top performance scoring 2 tries, and 6 goals to have a total of 100 points from just 2 games in the competition. The final score Raiders 44 - Bulls 12.
Hibiscus Coast Raiders 44 (A. Ata 2, D. Floyd 2, J. Vaifale, M. Filitonga, S. Finefeuiaki, A. Aspin tries; D. Floyd 6 goals) Canterbury Bulls 12 (R. Martin, R. Hanson tries; J. O'Brien 2 goals). Halftime: 28-10.
The Round 2 final results:
19/04/2003 Manurewa Marlins Marist Richmond Brothers Leebank Park 14:30 32 - 46. 19/04/2003 Central Falcons Otahuhu Leopards Fitzherbert Park 14:30 42 - 24. 21/04/2003 North Harbour Tigers Wellington Ericsson Stadium (Sky TV) 14:30 48 - 28. 26/04/2003 Mt Albert Lions Glenora Bears Fowlds Park 14:30 28 - 26. 26/04/2003 Eastern Tornadoes Taranaki Wildcats Ericsson 2 14:30 84 - 12. 27/04/2003 Hibiscus Coast Raiders Canterbury Bulls Ericsson Stadium 14:30 44 - 12.
The standings so far are:
Hibiscus Coast Raiders Eastern Tornadoes Mt Albert Lions Canterbury Bulls Glenora Bears North Harbour Tigers Marist Richmond Brothers Central Falcons Manurewa Marlins Otahuhu Leopards Wellington Taranaki Wildcats