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Results from Auckland finals series
The Papakura Sea Eagles have booked their place in the Lion Red Fox Memorial final with a come from behind win over Richmond. A four try blitz in just over ten minutes helped the Sea Eagles to a 35-26 win in front of over 1200 fans at Prince Edward Park. The Rovers were in a commanding position at the split, up 18-6 thanks largely to a strong first half performance by second rower Tala Tuisila and prop Logan Wright. But it was Papakura who came out in the second spell more determined, scoring four tries in little over ten minutes through Manu Tawhi, Sunita Laiseni and fullback Dave Hekatoa who managed a double. Sea Eagles winger Peter Bell was a standout for the home side, defending superbly, chasing well and showing all the skills and pace of a classy right winger. He was well supported by captain Tristan Waipouri who once again led by example with a gutsy performance in the centres. The result means Papakura advance to the final whilst Richmond face up to an extremely confident Manurewa Marlins. The Marlins have continued their strong showing with a narrow 29-22 win over Glenora, their third straight victory in three weeks. A strong first half had Manurewa leading 24-6 with four tries to Victor Field, Moses Tulisi, Alfred Williams and standoff Les Nicholson. The second spell saw the Bears bounce back with three well constructed tries and the lead trimmed to just two points. Wing Graham Woodhouse then scored a late try for a six point advantage while soon afterwards Nicholson slotted a field goal to put the game beyond reach.
SAS Sharman Cup Despite being reduced to a one man bench, the Northcote Tigers showed their true worth in a proud 36-28 win over the Mount Albert Lions. The Tigers were at one stage out to a 30-14 lead but were severely affected by injuries and had to fight off a Lions comeback. A number of players had outstanding games for the Tigers but most notable was centre Toaga Taula, hooker Lewis Stokes, prop Robert Colley and wing Ray Wallace. Taula was a force on defence in the midfield, whilst Stokes and Colley made valuable yards up the middle of the ruck area. Northcote