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A 36-all draw with the Waicoa Bay Stallions has given the Central Falcons their first competition point of the 2007 Bartercard Cup season.
In the early game at Mt Smart Stadium No 2 on Saturday, the Falcons were down 18-22 at halftime before finishing on level terms.
The draw stopped a run of seven straight defeats for the Manawatu franchise.
In the main game, defending champions the Auckland Lions were far too potent for the Waitakere Rangers, winning 38-6.
And in the final match of Round 8, the Bulls managed a hard fought win over the visiting Orcas by 31-24.
Mt Smart Stadium No 2, Auckland:
Central Falcons 36 (W Cribb, K Paio, H Robson, M Osbourne, E Niko, J Samoa tries; H Robson 6 goals).
Halftime: 22-18 Stallions.
At Mt Smart Stadium No 2, Auckland: