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Two of the Top 5 sides suffered major upsets over the weekend.
The top-placed Mount Albert Lions losing 36-38 to the cellar dwellers, Waicoa Bay Stallions, on Saturday by 38-36, and the North Harbour Tigers losing 22-27 to the Glenora Bears yesterday. The Tigers now are fourth on the ladder.
A 40-point second-half blitz helped the Canterbury Bulls to their 50-14 victory over the Eastern Tornadoes in Auckland and third position on the competition table.
Meanwhile Counties Manukau Jets are now in first equal place on the ladder with the Lions following a 38-28 victory over Wellington in Porirua.
Hibiscus Coast Raiders and Marist Richmond Brothers managed a 16 all draw which sees the Raiders in fifth position with both Marist Richmond and Otahuhu Ellerslie, with a win over the Falcons, only 2 points adrift of the Top 5.
Results from the weekend:
Canterbury 50 (J. Ward 2, K. Manihera 2, L. Tamakaha, C. Newton, J. O'Brien, C. Lawrie, T. Pelenise tries; O'Brien 7 goals) Eastern 14 (M. Latu 2, I. Liava'a tries; R. Marsters goal). HT: 10-4.
Counties Manukau 38 (L. Moala 2, M. Filipo, G. Bailey, J. Ioapo, A. Wharton, M. Suniula tries; L. Tamatoa 5 goals) Wellington 28 (M. Wanoa 3, J. MacDonald, J. Carnegie, W. Henry tries; MacDonald, Henry goals). HT: 12-12.
Glenora 27 (D. Lia, L. Waqa, M. Ah Voa, D. Shepherd, K. Edmondson tries; J. Nathan 3 goals, field goal) North Harbour 22 (D. Vasau 2, L. Copestake, J. Trott tries; Trott, A. Green 2 goals). HT: Tigers 16-10.
Otahuhu Ellerslie 38 (P. Atkins 2, A. Ipo, J. Tavaga, S. Moli, T. Zwart tries; Zwart 5, C. Wetini goals) Central 24 (B. Atarau, T. Cahill, T. Eriha, S. Mareikura, R. McPhee tries; N. Hohaia 2 goals). HT: 14-8.
Waicoa Bay 38 (M. McGrath, T. Graham, H. Karena, P. Prime, N. Rutene, S. Rapira, M. Moore tries; Karena 5 goals) Mt Albert 36 (A. Swann 2, P. Fisi'iahi 2, A. Ellwood 2, J. Todd tries; S. Buckingham 4 goals). HT: 10-26.
Marist Richmond 16 (M. Taulapapa 2, T. Ropati tries; Ropati, E. Leavai goals) Hibiscus Coast 16 (D. Floyd, S. Heslop, C. Motu tries; Floyd 2 goals). HT: 10-4.