Hora Hora 49 Hikurangi 17
Kamo 18 Waipu 17
Mid-Western 18 Mid Northern 17
Old Boys-Marist 41 Otamatea 29
Western Sharks 31 Wellsford 5
(Bay of Islands)
Kaeo 24 Kaikohe 14
Moerewa 44 Ohaeawai 5
Okaihau 22 Otiria 17
Kerikeri 28 United Kawakawa 10
Takapuna 52 Mahurangi 0
North Shore 18 East Coast Bays 13
Glenfield 22 Silverdale 16
Massey 23 Northcote 16
Marist 17 Western Pioneers 14
The penultimate round of the competition ran to script with exception of the Marist v Western fixture, where the Catholics nailed their first win (17-14) of the season.
Good things are slowly happening at Marist, with this side pushing some of the favourites and now producing a massive turnaround against a team, the Pioneers, that beat them by 100 points last year. There were huge performances from blindside flanker Glenn Preston, halfback Raymond Daniels, first five Roydon Campbell, who kicked three goals, and teenage loose forwards Evander Semau and Huawai McGahan.
North Shore, with a couple of their recent go-to men missing from their line-up, struggled to overcome a committed East Coast Bays (18-13) that boasted a wealth of experience. After turning with a 10-3 lead, North Shore spent most of the second half on defence but got lucky with an intercept ball that saw Fraser Conway scoot away under the posts, only to have exactly the same thing happen at the other end with Mike Lee dotting down untouched, leaving Shore with five minutes to hang on.
The Glenfield-Silverdale match turned into a battle of attrition in the wet conditions, with both teams playing their hearts out, and Glenfield emerging as 22-16 victors. The game could have gone either way with both sides having plenty of opportunities, but passes just did not stick.
Massey continued to build into their post-season preparation by accounting for Northcote 23-16. This result, built on a strong forward effort, and with tries to rep players Niko Ratumaitavuki and Nalu Tuigamala and the prolific Mark Telea, keeps Massey in the hunt to secure the minor premiership if they can overcome Takapuna in the final round next Saturday and North Shore don't get the bonus point win over Marist.
Northcote, conversely, have a real battle on their hands now in a must-win match at fourth-placed East Coast Bays. The game did feature one notable milestone for Northcote, with Steve Wolfgramme notching his 100th game for the club.
Leaders Takapuna accounted for Mahurangi 52-0 to lock the Les Pearce Memorial Shield away for the next nine months. Player of the day, in his blazer game, was Marinus du Preez, who scored a try, while Josh Tyrell crossed for a brace. Takapuna rested several key front-liners, including No 10 Bryn Gatland, but stand-in first five Conner Hill was outstanding on debut.
(Alan McEvoy Memorial Shield)
Papatoetoe 32 Ponsonby 22
College Rifles 21 Waitemata 9
Grammar TEC 18 Suburbs 14
Pakuranga 30 Marist 22
University 53 East Tamaki 0
Eden 47 Otahuhu 0
Mt Wellington 22 Waitakere City 8
Te Papapa-Onehunga 27 Manukau 24
Papatoetoe left Western Springs with a merited 32-22 win over Ponsonby, five competition points and, perhaps most significantly, the Sir Fred Allen Memorial Challenge Cup.
In greasy conditions, though with no overhead rain, Papatoetoe, winless after three rounds in the Alan McEvoy Memorial Trophy, and missing several international players on PNC duty, marked up in the forwards and took their chances, making for a nice birthday present for coach and former Manu Samoa No 10 Ngapaku Ngapaku.
And yet Ponies started with more intent, racing to a 10-0 lead, and could well have stolen the game in the dying throes were it not for a 90m intercept try to Papatoetoe fullback Junior Nu'u, one of a handful of former Ponies players now operating in south Auckland.
Prop Sione Mau and openside flanker Tevita Fulivai stood out for the victors, who were dominant in the mauls and scrums, while wing Junior Kiria recorded a double.
Ponsonby slowly clawed their way back into the contest and that final play saw a 14-point swing. Wing Morrison Siliko was sparky all day and brave under the high ball.
First five Will Talataina-Mu played the full game after 40 minutes for the Blues in Whangarei on Friday night. Akira Ioane was on hand to watch his club and they could have done with some of his surging charges off the scrumbase.
The joy at fulltime for Papatoetoe was unbounded, and they now have three home Cup defences to challenge for the Gallaher Shield semis.
Elsewhere, Pakuranga continued their mini-resurgence with a 30-22 win over Marist which raises them to fifth. Grammar TEC hold fourth after a crucial 18-14 win over leaders Suburbs, who did not convert many of their chances. College Rifles, thanks to a double to wing Joseva Ravouvou, won an important 21-9 clash with Waitemata.
In the Portola Trophy, University marched on, gaining revenge on East Tamaki by blanking them 53-0. Eden did something similar to Otahuhu, to the tune of 47-0. Te Papapa-Onehunga upset Manukau 27-24, and Mt Wellington beat Waitakere City 22-8. - Campbell Burnes
Karaka 15 Onewhero 10
Manurewa 33 Papakura 3
Waiuku 26 Te Kauwhata 8
Ardmore-Marist 25 Bombay 17
Patumahoe beat Weymouth by default
The wet weather acted as a real leveller in the Counties Power club rugby senior competition again, with close results recorded right across the park.
Karaka beat Onewhero 15-10 in a tight battle at Karaka Sports Park. Conditions were sodden under foot and it became a real battle of the forwards. Leading 15-3, Karaka then copped two yellow cards, which stretched their resources, but they hung on, well led by lock Asa Lehauli and loosie Jamie Gilbert-Clark.
At Massey Park, Manurewa got themselves back in the winner's circle, defeating Papakura 33-3. Manurewa scored five tries, but the coaching staff would have been even more impressed with the defensive effort.
Waiuku beat Te Kauwhata 26-8, and were in awe of the finishing skills of their Fijian wings Tevita Nabura, who scored a brilliant solo try, and Akariva Saqasaqaivalu, who crossed for a hat-trick. Second five Ilaisa Koaneti played well in his blazer game and forwards Terry Dolan and Sitani Folau were solid on defence.
Ardmore Marist produced a 25-17 upset of Pool B leaders Bombay at Bruce Pulman Park.
It capped a fine day for the Ardmore Marist club, who were celebrating 20 years since the two clubs merged. All five of their senior teams played at home and got the win.
Ardmore Marist trailed 17-8 at halftime, with Aaron Smith and Joshua Allan scoring tries for Bombay. Young first five Bradford Lemalufai'toaga had a standout game for Ardmore Marist, piloting his side around the track to good effect. Lock Viliame Rarasea and wing Lolohea Loco were again impressive for Ardmore Marist. Next weekend's match against Onewhero could be another huge occasion for the club, with prop Jeremiah Fatialofa, son of the late, great Peter Fatialofa, in line to play his 100th game.
Weymouth defaulted to Patumahoe while Counties Power Cup holders Pukekohe had a bye.
Te Aroha COBRAS 21 Mercury Bay 14
Hauraki North 21 Tairua 11
Waihi Athletic 29 Thames 17
Waihou 46 Paeroa West 10
Bay of Plenty
Greerton Marist 18 Whakatane Marist 17
Tauranga Sports 12 Rotoiti 5
Rangataua 24 Te Puna 0
Mt Maunganui 17 Te Puke Sports 13
Otorohanga 31 Hamilton Old Boys 14
Hautapu 48 United Matamata Sports 12
Fraser Tech 27 Morrinsville Sports 5
University 29 Te Awamutu Sports 17
Melville 15 Hamilton Marist 6
Waitete 14 Pio Pio 6
Taupo Sports 14 Taumarunui R & S 8
Taupo United 24 Waitomo 16
Taumarunui Districts 43 Kio Kio 5
Hikurangi 22 TVC 18
Ruatoria City 26 Hicks Bay 14
Tokararangi 12 Waiapu 6
HSOB 32 YMP 14
Ngatapa 16 Waikohu 12
OBM 116 Pirates 0
Hastings Rugby and Sports 30 Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 20
Central 23 Clive 0
Havelock North 23 Napier Technical 15
Napier Old Boys-Marist 78 Tamatea 3
Taradale 32 MAC 22
Spotswood United 19 Clifton 10
Stratford 15 Inglewood 0
Tukapa 11 Southern 9
NPOB 25 Coastal 13
Ruapehu 25 Pirates 18
Border 53 Taihape 8
Marist 70 Ratana 5
Kaierau 14 Utiku OB 12
Old Boys-Marist 15 Feilding 8
College Old Boys 38 Kia Toa 8
Te Kawau 32 Feilding Old Boys-Oroua 27
Varsity 28 Linton 10
Gladstone 6 Martinborough 3
Carterton 25 Pioneer 17
Marist 31 East Coast 26
Greytown 37 Eketahuna 34
Levin College Old Boys 38 Waikanae 36
Paraparumu 50 Shannon 0
Athletic 28 Foxton 18
Toa 28 Levin Wanderers 10
Marist St Pat's 49 Old Boys-University 19
Oriental-Rongotai 30 Tawa 22
Wellington 32 Poneke 30
Wainuiomata 51 Upper Hutt Rams 20
Old Boys-University 30 Marist-St Pat's 24
Northern United 104 Johnsonville 12
Hutt Old Boys-Marist 36 Petone 31
Paremata-Plimmerton 33 Avalon Wolves 26
Wanderers 36 Waimea Old Boys 10
Nelson 53 Kahurangi 7
Marist 40 Stoke 5
Central 31 Moutere 17
Waitohi 36 Renwick 12
East Coast 35 Harlequins 28
South Westland 39 Marist 20
Kiwi 46 Grey Valley 0
Blaketown 32 Wests 5
New Brighton 43 Linwood 23
Christchurch 25 Lincoln University 11
Sydenham 25 University 14
HSOB 34 Shirley 12
Belfast 23 Burnside 19
Marist Albion 29 Sumner 26
Hurunui 24 Oxford 5
Glenmark 30 Ohoka 25
Waihora 50 Rolleston 7
Southbridge 47 Hornby 10
Darfield 29 Lincoln 17
Prebbleton 33 West Melton 5
Celtic 78 Methven 14
Rakaia 50 Hampstead 22
Celtic 62 Geraldine 10
Temuka 30 Harlequins 20
Pleasant Point 54 Old Boys 21
Waimate 22 Mackenzie 14
Maheno 24 Old Boys 21
Athletic Marist 43 Valley 15
Kurow 40 Excelsior 17
Dunedin 48 Alhambra-Union 32
Taieri 30 Green Island 6
Kaikorai 60 Zingari-Richmond 22
Southern 62 Pirates 11
University A 26 Harbour 22
Woodlands 57 Star 5
Eastern-Northern Barbarians 34 Pirates-Old Boys 3
Marist 22 Blues 6