With two round left in NZ's Bartercard Cup competition, the top sides look to cement their places.
Wellington are almost certainly out of contention going down to the Hisbicus Coast Raiders, 46-20, the loss sees them slip further down the points table with a top five spot all but beyond reach.
Wellington now need to win their two remaining games against the Jetz and Otahuhu Ellerslie, and hope for other favourable outcomes to clinch the fifth playoff spot.
Last year's champions Mt Albert Lions hammered the Bears by 50-18 to stand alone at the top of the ladder at this stage.
A loss by second place getters Counties Manukau Jetz on Saturday night to Otahuhu Ellerslie, 36-20, will give the Otahuhu side a much needed boost of confidence. They are four points shy of the Top 5 with a definite chance to make the grade.
A disappointing 25-16 loss to North Harbour Tigers at Rugby League Park yesterday when playing for second position has dropped the Bulls back to fourth on the competition table.
They now face two games in Auckland, againstthe Eastern Tornadoes and Mt Albert Lions, and still need one point to assure themselves of finishing in the top five.
Other results in the weekend saw the Central Falcons and Eastern Tornadoes battle out a 30 all draw in Palmerston North. And Waicoa Bay suffering yet another loss, this time at the hands of Marist Richmond by 48-22.
BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 14 RESULTS
Saturday 6 August 2005:
Mt Albert Lions vs Glenora Bears Fowlds Park, Auckland
Mt Albert Lions 50 J. Todd, A. Swann, S. Buckingham, R. Baxter, P. Fisi?iahi, H. Aonga, P. Shead (3) : Tries S. Buckingham (7) : Goals
Glenora Bears 18 L. Waqa, J. Nathan, I. Retzlaff : Tries J. Nathan (3) : Goals
Halftime Score: 18 ? 0 To Mt Albert Lions
Hibiscus Coast Raiders vs Wellington Stanmore Bay Reserve, Whangaparaoa
Hibiscus Coast Raiders 46 D. Floyd, S. Heslop, D. Trott, W. Henare, N. Shanks, S. Ata (2), T. Nikora (2) : Tries D. Floyd (5) : Goals
Wellington 20 D. Buchanan, J. Davis, D. Hape, M. Wanoa : Tries J. MacDonald (2) : Goals
Halftime Score: 30 ? 10 To Hibiscus Coast Raiders
Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Marist Richmond Brothers Davies Park, Huntly
Marist Richmond Brothers 48
W. Ale, M. Taulapapa, P. Ale, R. Tuia (2), T. Latu (2), E. Leavai (2) : Tries R. Ioane (6) : Goals
Waicoa Bay Stallions 22 M. McGrath, J. Kaho, P. Prime, S. Tukiwaho : Tries H. Karena (3) : Goals
Halftime Score: 30 ? 12 To Marist Richmond Brothers
Otahuhu Ellerslie vs Counties Manukau Jetz Ericsson Stadium No.1, Auckland (C/R To Warriors vs Eels)
Otahuhu Ellerslie 36 P. Atkins, J. Tavaga, S. Metcalf, F. Turuwhenua, S. Tufeao, S. Moli, C. Vuna T. Zwart (1), C. Wetini (3) : Goals
Counties Manukau Jetz 20 G. Bailey, C. Waide, L. Moala (2) : Tries L. Tamatoa (2) : Goals
Halftime Score: 14 ? 4 To Otahuhu Ellerslie
Sunday 7 August 2005:
Central Falcons vs Eastern Tornadoes Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North
Central Falcons 30 T. Cahill, T. Walsh, T. Greig, P. Packer, P. Hales (2) : Tries T. Eriha (1), A. Porima (2) : Goals
Eastern Tornadoes 30 T. Leanoa, C. McCleery, K. Thompson, M. Latu, S. Moala (2) : Tries D. Harriman, R. Marsters (2) : Goals
Halftime Score: 18 ? 10 To Central Falcons
Canterbury Bulls vs North Harbour Tigers Rugby League Park, Christchurch
North Harbour Tigers 25 T. Samoa, J. Trott, J. Kamareira, K. Guttenbeil : Tries A. Green (4) : Goals A. Green (1) : Field Goal
Canterbury Bulls 16 S. Hurrell, L. Tamakaha, D. Metcalf (2) : Tries
Halftime Score: 18 ? 4 To North Harbour Tigers
BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 15 FIXTURES
Saturday 13 August 2005:
Marist Richmond Brothers vs Hibiscus Coast Raiders Grey Lynn Park, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off
Central Falcons vs Otahuhu Ellerslie Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North 2.30pm Kick Off
Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Mt Albert Lions Davies Park, Huntly 3.00pm Kick Off
Sunday 14 August 2005:
Eastern Tornadoes vs Canterbury Bulls Ericsson Stadium No.2, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off
Glenora Bears vs North Harbour Tigers Waitakere Stadium, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off
Wellington vs Counties Manukau Jetz Hutt Recreation Ground, Wellington 2.30pm Kick Off