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Round 9 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition is over, with some great tussles.
In a very tight battle in which the lead changed no less than seven times the Marist Richmond Brothers went to second place on the table with a 29-28 win at Murray Halberg Park over a committed North Harbour Tigers.
Marist Richmond were carried home by their Warriors development players Jerome Ropati with three tries, Karl Guttenbeil and Evarn Tuimavave one each.
Marist Richmond Brothers 29 (J. Ropati 3, K. Guttenbeil 2, E. Tuimavave tries; T. Ropati goal; E. Tuimavave 2 field goals; J. Ropati field goal)
North Harbour Tigers 28 (T. Roberts 2, C. Mataora 2, R. Retimana tries; Retimana 4 goals)
Central Falcons did their best to upset the visiting Eastern Tornadoes but in the end Eastern were just too strong on the day and move up to fifth place on the ladder.
Eastern Tornadoes 38 (P. Fisiiahi 2, D. Fisiiahi 2, G. Tupou, N. Ngametua, J. Pai, T. Leulaui tries; P. Fisiiahi 2 goals; Pai goal)
Central Falcons 24 (N. Ngaru, W. Live, W. Wharepapa, S. Leota tries; D. Wilson 4 goals).
As expected the Hibiscus Coast Raiders had no trouble defeating the Taranaki Wildcats by 42 - 10.
Leading the competition with eight wins from eight games heading into the match, the Raiders raced out to a 14-0 lead with three tries in the opening six minutes.
Full credit to the Wildcats who didn't let the Raiders get away without scoring 2 tries of their own. Ata with kicking duties for the Raiders just showed the depth of talent in the side.
Hibiscus Coast 42 (R. Enoka 3, R. Gilmour 2, M. Ashe, W. Henare, C. King tries; S. Ata 5 goals)
Taranaki 10 (S. Hoskin, D. Rameka tries; Hoskin goal).
The Canterbury Bulls once again enjoyed a home win, downing the Glenora Bears by 58 - 18. The Bulls are in great form at the moment and this is a good win for them as Glenora were expected to give them a run for their money.
Canterbury Bulls 58
Glenora Bears 18.
The game at Ericsson was a tough encounter. Both sides looked good on attack at times, but the Lions defence was outstanding on the day, and virtually nullified any attack moves the Leopards could throw at them. Lance Hohaia trying to find his form to get back into first grade, was a little too predictable at times for Otahuhu, with the Mt Albert side shutting down his options.
Mt Albert Lions 36 (W. McDade 2, H. Va'asa, M. No'ovao, P. Teniseli, L. Talamaivao tries; S. Buckingham 6 goals)
Otahuhu Leopards 14 (P. Atkins, M. Katoa, E. Mann tries; T. Laiseni goal).
The Manurewa Marlins have finally ended it's 4 game slump, sneaking away with a two point victory over the Wellington franchise in Porirua to score a 30 - 28 point win. Both teams scored 5 tries each, in what was a great game for both sides.
Manurewa Marlins 30 (C. Rogers 2, T. Matthews, A. Teleaga, D. Latele tries; A. Herangi 5 goals)
Wellington 28 (F. Piva 2, C. Fox, J. Monu, A. Wereta tries; N. Taumoli 4 goals) .
Round 9 results at a glance, June 21st - 22nd:
Marist Richmond Brothers 29 - North Harbour Tigers 28
Central Falcons 24 - Eastern Tornadoes 38
Taranaki Wildcats 10 - Hibiscus Coast Raiders 42
Canterbury Bulls 58 - Glenora Bears 18
Mt Albert Lions 36 - Otahuhu Leopards 14
Wellington 28 - Manurewa Marlins 30