Bartercard Cup - Round 7 results

Defending champions the Auckland Lions ran up another massive win in the Bartercard Cup on Saturday.

In the previous two rounds they had trounced the Waicoa Bay Stallions and the Central Falcons.

This time they ran up a winning score of 70-8 against the Northern Storm at Fowlds Park.

Veteran former Vodafone Warriors centre Anthony Swann collected three tries while young fullback Howie Matthews had another profitable day with 22 points from a try and nine goals.

The Waitakere Rangers were also big winners in the early game at North Harbour Stadium, beating the Stallions 42-6.

Another ex Vodafone Warrior and former Salford professional Cliff Beverley was the big individual winner with four tries.

In the main game at the same venue, Harbour League followed up its victory over the Canterbury Bulls by toppling the improving Wellington Orcas 30-14.

The Central Falcons fell just short of their first win of the Bartercard Cup season in Palmerston North on Sunday.

After leading the Counties Manukau Jetz 24-10, the home side couldn't hang on as it was outpointed 38-32.

In Sunday's other match in Christchurch, the Canterbury Bulls picked up an important 50-30 success against the Tamaki Titans.

Match details:

North Harbour Stadium, Albany

Harbour League 30 (P Tafea, P Heho-Potata, S Ata, T Samoa, J Vaifale, D Briggs tries; J Trott 3 goals).

Wellington Orcas 14 (B Taraeka, T Nicho, M Koliavu tries; B Taraeka goal).

Halftime: 14-8 Harbour.

North Harbour Stadium, Albany

Waitakere Rangers 42 (C Beverley 4, M Tuipulotu 2, H Turua, J Pukepuke tries; J Henry 5 goals).

Waicoa Bay Stallions 6 (T Allen try; M Healey goal).

Halftime: 26-O Rangers.

Fowlds Park, Mt Albert

Auckland Lions 70 (A Swann 3, K Wright 2, P Packer 2, H Matthews, K Uasi, E Purcell, S Head, T Leaupepe, D Davis tries; H Matthews 9 goals).

Northern Storm 8 (H Ostler, W Maihi tries).

Halftime: 32-8 Lions.

Rugby League Park, Christchurch

Canterbury Bulls 50 (L Sione 2, T Mounga, C Korostchuk, L Boyd, S Beyers, P Asi, S Hammond, K Leka tries; L Boyd 7 goals)

Tamaki Titans 30 (G Ruaporo 2, L Ah Mau 2, K Fakalata, J Tau tries; W Heta 3 goals).

Halftime: 30-16 Bulls.

Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North

Central Falcons 32 (W Cribb 2, H Cribb 2, K Paio, J Samoa, J Baker tries; W Cribb 2 goals).

Counties Manukau Jetz 38 (V Field, T Katu, B Masoe, M Ah Voa, H Godinet, T Tuielasai, D Tangata tries; J Tavaga 5 goals).

Halftime: 24-10 Falcons.