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After a bye weekend last weekend, tomorrow sees the resumption of the Lion Red Fox Memorial competition.
Not too much change to the table after the last games, where the nearest sight of an upset was the 32 all draw, between Te Atatu and Mt Albert. The Lions remain four points clear, with Papakura and Northcote attempting to close the gap, on ten points.
Game of the round tomorrow is the clash between the Papakura Sea Eagles and the Mt Albert Lions. The Lions won this encounter in round one with surprising ease, although it was a Roope Rooster challenge and it was at the home of the Lions. I suspect this one will be a little different, with the game being played at Prince Edward Park, and I?m actually suggesting the Sea Eagles will take the two points on offer.
East Coast Bays Barracudas take on the Mangere East Hawkes at Freyberg Park. The Barracudas have slipped to second last spot on the table and will be anxious to make up for their, late in the game, loss to the Tigers in their last outing. The Hawkes are sitting in fourth spot, with a fifty percent record and will be keen to hold or better that position. I?d have to install the South Auckland team as favourites in this.
The Northcote Tigers travel out to Henham Park tomorrow to take on the Otahuhu Leopards. Both of these teams are proving to be something of an enigma. They have both won three games apiece although the Tigers have drawn a couple as well. I?ve watched a bit of Northcote and they seem very slow to get started. Both teams seem to have an ideal mix of youth and experience and both may be actually bout to hit their straps and I couldn?t call a winner in this.
Last, but certainly not least, is the match up at Jack Colvin Park, between the Te Atatu Roosters and the Marist Saints. The Roosters actually claim fifth spot, despite having only won two games. Teams travelling to Jack Colvin find it difficult to win and Marist will find it no different, despite their good win over Otahuhu last outing. The Roosters by ten points.
All games played at 2.30pm