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New Zealand's Bartercard Cup 2005 season for 7 teams is now at an end after Round 16 of the competition over the weekend.
Mt Albert Lions consolidated their spot at the top of the table with a polished performance over the Central Falcons on Saturday night by 62-10.
Things were a bit harder for the Canterbury Bulls who eventually nabbed the second position on the ladder, and a home semi, off their opponents after a see-sawing battle with Counties Manukau Jets at Papakura which saw the Bulls win by 38-27.
North Harbour Tigers sealed their 4th spot in the competition after the regular round when they defeated bottom placed Waicoa Bay Stallions at home in Albany on Saturday afternoon.
And the fifth spot for the semis goes to the Hibiscus Coast Raiders who defeated Glenora also on Saturday afternoon.
So the standings at the end Round Robin:
Mt Albert Lions 24 Canterbury Bulls 22 Counties Manukau Jets 22 North Harbour Tigers 20 Hibiscus Coast Raiders 20
Otahuhu Ellerslie 18 Marist Richmond Brothers 18 Wellington 13 Central Falcons 11 Glenora Bears 9 Eastern Tornadoes 7 Waicoa Bay Stallions 6
Mt Albert now have a week off to recoop while the other teams fight it out in the Preliminary finals.
Results from Round 16:
Marist Richmond 40 (W. Ale 2, L. Panapa, B. Davis, T. Latu, R. Tuia, J. Tavita, A. Ale tries; R. Ioane 3 goals, Tavita goal) Eastern 12 (W. Howe, R. Marsters tries; Marsters 2 goals). HT: 16-6
Otahuhu Ellerslie 34 (S. Metcalf 3, S. Moli, T. Zwart, F. Nuuausala tries; Zwart 5 goals) Wellington 18 (J. Davis, P. Rudman, F. Laumua, M. Fitzgerald tries; M. Wanoa goal). HT: 10-10
Canterbury 38 (V. Whare 2, A. Timo, C. Lawrie, P. Asi, J. Ward, G. Taunga tries; J. O'Brien 5 goals) Counties Manukau 27 (G. Bailey 2, C. Waide, A. Tusani, J. Ioapo tries; L. Tamatoa 3 goals, Bailey field goal). HT: 16-12
Hibiscus Coast 30 (D. Floyd, C. King, H. Fisher, C. Shears, D. Trott, T. Nikora tries; Floyd 3 goals) Glenora 20 (M. Vatuvai, H. Godinet, S. Jones tries; J. Nathan 3 goals) . HT: 14-6
North Harbour 38 (T. Samoa 2, D. Vasau 2, J. Trott, C. Tupou, G. McPherson tries; A. Green 3, Trott 2 goals) Waicoa Bay 24 (T. Davis 2, J. Kahu 2, A. Auru tries; H. Karena 2 goals). HT: 18-0
Mt Albert 62 (P. Ah Vann 3, H. Aonga 2, R. Godfrey, A. Swann, F. Talaepa, M. Asou, S. Pati tries; S. Buckingham 11 goals) Central 10 (T. Puhipuhi, J. Puhipuhi tries; N. Hohaia goal). HT: 32-6.