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It's do or die time in NZ's Bartercard Cup competition with the major semi-final between last year's champions Mt Albert Lions and relative newcomers Counties Manukau Jets on Sunday afternoon at Ericsson Stadium.
With the Jets entering the competition last year as a joint venture, they'll be looking forward to their first major semi-final after a hard fought win last weekend which saw them knock out the Tigers.
The Lions went down to Canterbury Bulls in the other minor semi last week, looking lathargic at times and will undoubtedly have to up the anti if they want the victory over the Jets.
The Bulls were impressive away from home and deserve their spot in the Grand Final next weekend after playing some outstanding almost error-free football both on defence and attack.
Look out for some fireworks on Sunday afternoon as both teams chase the elusive 2nd spot in the Grand Final. The final experience from the Mt Albert side up against the enthusiasm of the Jets.
MOUNT ALBERT LIONS 1 Robinson Godfrey 2 Patrick Ah Van 3 Harry Aonga 4 Paul Fisi?iahi 5 Adam Ellwood 6 Steve Buckingham (C) 7 Bernard Perenara 8 Sione Pouha 9 Regan Wigg 10 Phil Shead (No.18) 11 Fabian Souter 12 Anthony Swann 13 Jeff Todd
COUNTIES MANUKAU JETS
1 Pinomi Tafea 2 Solomone Foketi 3 Lee Tamatoa 4 Sonny Fa?i 5 Leimoni Moala 6 Gavin Bailey (c) 7 Jesse Ioapo 8 Andy Pereira 9 Antonio Tusani 10 Graeme Konelio 11 Talipope Tuifelasai 12 Mark Suniula 13 Charlie Waide
COACH Dean Hunter
BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? MAJOR SEMI FINAL FIXTURE
Sunday 11 September 2005