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Hibiscus Coast Raiders and defending Bartercard Cup champions Mt Albert remain the only unbeaten teams after three rounds in the NZ Bartercard Cup rugby league competition.
Hibiscus Coast Raiders endured a physical opening from the Eastern Tornadoes at Stanmore Bay on Saturday before running away to a 43-26 victory. Once again the Raiders fullback Daniel Floyd proving he's worth his weight in gold.
Hibiscus Coast Raiders 43 Tries: D. Floyd 2, S. Ata, S. Finefeuiaki 2, J, Tavaga. Goals:D. Floyd 7. Drop Goals: D. Floyd 1.
Eastern Tornadoes 26 Tries: D. Fisiiahi, N. Ngametua, C. Wetini, C. Mene, E. Pele. Goals: C. Wetini 3.
Halftime: 25 - 6 to Hibiscus Coast.
Five of the Otahuhu Leopards were backing up in the game against Mt Albert, after playing a crucial Fox Memorial grade game against Richmond on Saturday. Only five of them were aged over 20, so it was a fine performance by the Leopards against the defending champions.
Otahuhu led 14-8 at halftime and were down 20-18 with five minutes to go, the Lions making two long-range breaks to secure late touchdowns so the scoreboard flattered them.
Otahuhu Leopards 18 Tries: V. Mellars, B. Vaeau, J. Yandall, G. Va'afusuaga . Goals: B. Vaeau 1.
Mt Albert Lions 32 Tries: A. Ikihele, S. Buckingham, B. Lythe, S. Fa'alogo 2. Goals: S. Buckingham 6.
Halftime: 14 - 8 to Otahuhu.
A close encounter for the game between Marist Richmond Brothers up against the Glenora Bears. Glenora, also short on experience with Ben Valeni and Walter Mackie out, lost by two points for the second time in two weeks, with Marist-Richmond 36-34 winners at home.
Marist Richmond Brothers 36 Tries: C. Seu, R. Henry 2, T. Esera, K. Cawdron, S. Lavea. Goals: G. Rota 6.
Glenora Bears 34 Tries:A. Iole 2, S. Halatoa, G. Bailey, H. Lauaki, N. Sue. Goals: A. Clyde 5.
Halftime: 24 - 14 to Glenora.
North Harbour beat Taranaki 44-22 down in Taranaki and are likely have Mark Robinson at hooker when they play the Raiders next weekend, unless he is called up again for the Warriors side.
Taranaki Wildcats 22 Tries:J. Ngamotu, S. Hoskin, P. Heihei, R. Luke. Goals: S. Hoskin 3.
North Harbour Tigers 44 Tries: K. Johnson, L. Copestake 2, C. Mataora 3, J. Vaotogo, A. Aukafolau. Goals: K. McIntosh, R. Retimana 5.
Halftime: 22 - 10 to North Harbour.
In the curtain raiser to Friday night's NRL clash in a wet and windy Wellington, Warriors prop Richard Villasanti suffered a knee tear during Canterbury's 42-10 win over the home side and will see doctors today to learn how bad it is.
Wellington 10 Tries;T. Matawalu, James Toala. Goals: N. Taumoli 1.
Canterbury Bulls 42 Tries: S. Wallace, R. Martin, R. Hanson, S. Beyers, C. Newton 2, S. Norton 2. Goals: J. O'Brien 5.
Halftime: 12 - 4 to Canterbury.
And is the last game of Round 3, The Central Falcons went down to an impressive looking Manuwera Marlins side. This should stand them in good steed when they take on the defending champions next Saturday.
Manurewa Marlins 42 Tries: B. Ingram, S. Foketi, P. Borrel, A. Tusani 2, Pamatangi, S. Tupou. Goals: T. Matthews 7.
Central Falcons 26 Tries: N. Coburn, W. Live 2, D. Cook, D. Kahuroa. Goals: B. Hekenui 3.
Halftime: 24 - 14 to Manurewa.