Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
27 hours ago
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The Papakura Sea Eagles have bounced back with a convincing 32-16 win over the Northcote Tigers at Prince Edward Park. After a disappointing last round loss to competition leaders Mount Albert, the Sea Eagles were determined to keep in the running for the minor Premiership. Halves Tristan Waipouri and Thomas Zwart controlled much of the match for Papakura, the pair combining well to set up a handful of tries. Second rower Jamie Tewhata and prop Clayton Rogers were also instrumental in the win. Both forwards made impressive metres on the carry and contributed solidly on defence. A standout performance by hooker Simon Ieremia has helped competition leaders Mount Albert continue their defence of the Roope Rooster. Ieremia was involved in every facet in his sides 35-6 win over rivals Marist. Centre Guenther Schaumkel and winger Mealofa Suamili also impressed in scoring doubles for the Lions, while prop Manu Tulimanu showed good pace and agility to score a try out wide.
In other results Mangere East fought back after trailing 14-8 at the break to draw 28 points all with the Otahuhu Leopards. The Te Atatu Roosters kept their playoff hopes alive with a brilliant 34-24 win over visitors East Coast Bays.