AN emphatic 50-12 win by the Manurewa Marlins has ended any chance of a repeat title for the Mt Albert Lions.
The Marlins were slow off the blocks, but in doing so managed to soak up a lot of the pressure Mt Albert was applying.
It was the Lions who scored first after a quarter, however the try proved little consolation.
Manurewa hit back soon after and stormed out to lead 28-6 at the break. The Marlins were led by no other than Bruce Anderson, the quick stepping fullback managing a double for his second successive week of finals footy.
The real advantage came in the forwards, with the Manurewa pack holding nothing back. They were dominant throughout the 80 minutes giving Mt Albert little if any chance to get into the game.
Stand-off Walter Hati also managed to sneak over for a couple of tries, whilst half Aaron Woodhouse kicked seven from nine.
The win means Manurewa will face the Mangere East Hawks next week.
CANTERBURY Bulls have reached their third grand final in six seasons of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup rugby league competition, defeating last year's champions Mt Albert, by 34-24 yesterday afternoon at Ericsson Stadium.
FOR the second finals match in a row Redcliffe captain Shane Perry found himself taking the option of a field goal.
QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP
Results: Major Semi ? North Queensland 22 d Burleigh 6. Elimination Minor Semi ? Redcliffe 33 d Norths 10.
QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP
THE Sydney Airport Jets made one of their worst starts to a VB Premier League match this season, conceding 16 points to South Sydney in the opening seven minutes of this 1908 foundation clubs local derby.
AUSTRALIAN Rugby League chairman Colin Love today announced a Kangaroos train-on squad for the 2005 Tri Nations from NRL non finalist teams:
WARRINGTON Wolves new signing Andrew Johns has dispelled fears he may be carrying an injury when he arrives at the club this week on a short-term deal.
HUDDERSFIELD?S play-off ambitions were all but ended at Griffin Park after an engage Super League win for London Broncos by 16-12.
WARRINGTON v Salford, Leigh v St Helens, and Wakefield v Widnes.
THE last round of this year?s NRL regular season is over, but boy do we have another cracking team! There were some real stand-outs over the weekend and the full results for the season can be found at Monday?s Expert. For now, please form a guard of honour as our boys run out for the last time. Here is the Round 26 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
2005 LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ANDREW JOHNS
Congratulations to Andrew Johns who has taken out the Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards for 2005.
ST George Illawarra Ben Creagh may be sidelined until the NRL preliminary finals if the Dragons make it that far.
ST George Illawarra Dragons front-rower, Ashton Sims is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks following news he is to have knee surgery.
THEIR respective teams may not be travelling that well on the competition ladder, but Sharks' skipper Brett Kimmorley and Eels' back rower Nathan Hindmarsh head up our leader board here at Leagueunlimited.com. Following a standout performance for his side on the weekend, Hindmarsh joins Kimmorley on 17 points, two points clear of the field.