Two leaders look shoe-in

By Gary Caffell

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SLOW GOING: Carterton's Lance Stevenson is wrapped up by Marist's Etuale Feo.
SLOW GOING: Carterton's Lance Stevenson is wrapped up by Marist's Etuale Feo.

It would take a brave punter to bet against Eketahuna and Greytown hosting the semifinals for the Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Union's Tui Cup premier division competition this season.

With just four series of qualifying round matches still to be played, they sit atop the points table with 41 points apiece and, with third-placed Pioneer 12pts behind them, it's unlikely they will be overhauled.

Pioneer had a hiccup on Saturday when they went down to Martinborough 19-10 but, with 29 points to show for their efforts thus far, a semifinal spot also seems well within their grasp. Gladstone are fourth with 26, seven points clear of the chasing pack, headed by East Coast.

Points are: Eketahuna and Greytown 41, Pioneer 29, Gladstone 26, East Coast 19, Marist 18, Martinborough 16 and Carterton 10.

The draw for this coming Saturday is: East Coast v Eketahuna at Whareama, Gladstone v Carterton at Carterton, Martinborough v Greytown at Martinborough, Pioneer v Marist at Jeans Street, Masterton.

Two players are about to chalk up a century of points in premier division play this season. Pioneer halfback Joseph Thompson is sitting on 94 and Eketahuna fullback Tom Meuli on 93 and it will be interesting to see which of them is the first to make it to three figures.

Leading the try-scoring stakes with nine is Pioneer fullback Sean Robinson while Sam Monaghan (Eketahuna) and Malatai Malatai (Marist) both have eight five-pointers apiece.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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