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Round 5 of the New Zealand Bartercard Cup went pretty much as expected barring the crushing loss by North Harbour Tigers to the Canterbury Bulls. The Auckland based teams, aside from the Bulls, handing out large scale wallopings to the provincial sides.
Marist handed out a predicted hiding to the stuggling Otahuhu Leopards, who are yet to post a win in the competition.
Marist Richmond Brothers 58 (S. Matai 2, S. Makisi 2, R. Henry, J. Tavita, T. Ropati, J. Ropati, T. Latu, S. Lavea, D. Wilson tries; T. Ropati 6, J. Ropati goals).
Otahuhu Leopards 22 (M. Katoa 2, P. Tafea 2, A. Wharton tries; T. No'ovao goal).
Wellington continue to struggle in terms of depth and experience, going to halftime 18-12 down and then conceding seven second-half tries to be beaten 54-12 by the Eastern Tornadoes.
Eastern Tornadoes 54 (N. Ngametua 3, T. Leuluai 3, P. Fisiiahi, D. Fisiiahi, K. Mene, J. Pai tries; J. Noble 5, D. Fisiiahi, L. Tefeao goals).
Wellington 12 (S. Ratu, F. Lavulavu tries; T. Pickering 2 goals).
Central were thumped 42-16 by Mt Albert, with the Lions stepping up after their shock loss to Manuwera Marlins a week earlier.
Mt Albert Lions 46 Central Falcons 16.
Taranaki were destroyed 72-16, 13 tries to three, by Hibiscus Coast Raiders. Shaun Ata scored four tries, Joe Vivafe and Daniel Floyd three each, while Floyd nailed 10 goals. Really Taranaki just had no chance at all, no matter what they tried, the Wildcats had no answers for the swarm of attack from the Raiders.
Hibiscus Coast Raiders 72 (D. Floyd 3, J. Vaifale 3, S. Ata 4, D. Jones, C. King, A. Aspin tries; Floyd 10 goals)
Taranaki Wildcats 16 (B. Ngata, J. Eparaima, M. Smith tries; R. Luke, B. Ngata goals).
Canterbury won 42-16 over North Harbour to retain second spot behind Hibiscus Coast with Marist-Richmond, who beat Otahuhu 56-22, 10 tries to five. The Tigers were expected to put a bit of a fight, but the Bulls at home, is always going to be a tough assignment.
A controvesial 30 all draw between the Glenora Bears and Manuwera Marlins on Sunday afternoon will be talked about for some time to come with the referee, Artie Clarke, blowing full time right on the hooter. Clark called the game off straight after the fulltime hooter, but while a home-team play-the-ball was in progress on the 20m line, with the subsequent drop goal that went between the posts not counted. Glenora Bears 30 (S. Halatoa 2, A. Pereira, K. Robards, K. Edmonson, A. Fuimaono tries; A. Clyde 3 goals)
Manurewa Marlins 30 (A. Tusani 2, P. Ranga, S. Foketi, D. Letele tries; T. Matthews 5 goals)
The results at a glance:
Round 5 - May 17-18:
Leopards 22 l. Brothers 58 Eastern Tornadoes 54 def . Wellington 12 Mt Albert Lions 46 def . Central Falcons 16 Hibiscus Coast Raiders def. Taranaki Wildcats 16 Canterbury Bulls 42 def. North Harbour Tigers 16 Glenora Bears 30 drew. Manuwera Marlins 30