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NATIONAL COMPETITION FINALISTS FOUND
Auckland, New Zealand - 11 October, 2010 - After seven hard fought rounds and games played all around the country, the NZRL's new National Competition is so tight that the finalists for all three competitions have been decided by points for and against.
The Albert Baskerville Trophy Premiers finalists are Auckland who finished on 12 points with five wins and a bye, and Counties Manukau with 10 points (four wins and a bye) and a positive point's differential of +90, just piping Wellington, who finished with 10 points and +88, by only +2 and the South Island who also finished on 10 points.
In the Mark Graham Cup 17s Counties Manukau finished first with 14 points (six wins and a bye) and the second finalist Auckland finished on 10 points (four wins and a bye) with a positive points differential of +110 ahead of Wellington also on 10 points but with a points differential of -4.
The Nathan Cayless Cup 15s completes the trifecta for Counties Manukau who have finished first in this competition with 14 points (six wins and bye) a perfect record going into the finals, playing Wellington Orcas who finished on 10 points (four wins and a bye) with +132 ahead of Auckland who finished on 10 points but with a differential of +78.
All three finals games will be played at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday October 17:
11am Nathan Cayless Cup Counties Manukau 15s v Wellington Orcas 15s
12.35pm Mark Graham Cup Counties Manukau 17s v Auckland 17s
2.30pm Albert Baskerville Trophy Auckland Premiers v Counties Manukau Premiers
Both the 17s and Premiers games will be shown live on Sky TV. The Four Nations Kiwis team will be in attendance for some of the Premiers game before they head away to Wellington for their first Four Nations Tournament game.
These three games on Sunday follow the NZ Maori v England and Kiwis v Samoa games to be held at Mt Smart Stadium on the evening of October 16, completing a busy weekend of quality league in the new Super City.
The National Competition games are open to all, $5 for an adult and children free. Come along and see the future of rugby league in action.