ICYMI, on Thursday the @NRL - National Rugby League released the 2018 #NRLDraw.
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Round 4 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup saw one or two upsets amongst them 2002 champions Mt Albert losing their first game in 2003.
First up Marist Richmond Brothers had no trouble traveling away to Palmerston North and beating Central Falcons by 46 - 18.
Central Falcons 18 (T. Neal, W. Live, D. Cook, J. Royal tries; B. Hekenui goal). Marist Richmond Brothers 46 (J. Ropati 2, G. Rota 2, R. Henry 2, H. Kapi 2, J. Tavita tries; Rota 5 goals). Halftime: 10-22.
The Bears travelled to Otahuhu and managed to keep the home still still winless in the competition.
Glenora Bears 38 (A. Iole 2, T. Edwards, L. Tamatoa, T. Fa'apito, A. Pereira, K. Robarts tries; A. Clyde 4 goals; T. Edwards goal). Otahuhu Leopards 18 (T. Laiseni, G. Va'afusuaga, S. Niuila tries; T. Laiseni 2 goals; K. Pittman goals). Halftime: 28-0.
The game at Ericsson before the NRL clash between the Warriors and the visiting Eels handing Mt Albert Lions their first loss, 34 - 12. A determined Manuwera Marlins pack were not daunted by the Lions reputation and won well. Standout player, front rower Thomas Ufi caused some damage up the middle which the defending Lions pack had no answers for.
Manurewa Marlins 34 (T. Karaka 2, T. Ufi 2, S. Heslop, J. Ioapo tries; T. Matthews 5 goals). Mt Albert Lions 12 (H. Va'asa, M. Aso'au tries; S. Buckingham 2 goals). Halftime: 12-6.
The night game in Christchurch was a tough battle with Canterbury the victors in the end. Canterbury Bulls 38 Eastern Tornadoes 24. Halftime: 10-18.
In a high scoring match, the home side Wellington came out victors over the visiting Taranaki side by 54 - 32. This bottom of the table clash saw Wellington gain their first 2 points in the competition.
Wellington 54 (L. Solofa 2, J. Tuiimaualuga 2, V. Apu'ula, G. Dean, S. Ratu, T. Matawalu, T. Gemmell, A. Wereta tries; T. Pickering 7 goals). Taranaki 32 (J. Hoskin 2, R. Luke, S. Hoskin, D. Rameka tries; Hoskin 6 goals) Halftime: 26-20.
A tough battle in Birkenhead on a Sunday afternnon had the visiting Hibiscus Coast Raiders remain at the top of the ladder, the only unbeaten team left.
North Harbour Tigers were the hosts for their visiting neighbours, the Hibiscus Coast Raiders. Daniel Floyd once again had a major part in the Raiders winning, scoring and converting the final try to just outscore the Tigers by 26 - 24, after leading 16 - 12 at the break. Hibicus Coast add the Ted Dalton Memorial Shield to their trophy cabinet, a shield that has been played between the 2 sides for 6 years. The win now has the Raiders out in front on the table, the only unbeaten side in the competition.