The Richmond Rovers, Glenora Bears and Marist Saints all opened their accounts with wins when Auckland rugby league's Lion Red Fox Memorial championship opened on Saturday. Richmond made a dazzling second half comeback to beat the Papakura Sea Eagles 34-28 at Grey Lynn Park. Trailing 12-28 at the split the Rovers stormed back in the second spell to claim the Stormont Shield and retain the Roope Rooster.
Fullback Meke Unasa had an outstanding game for the home side along with prop Logan Wright. Seventeen-year-old Billy Tupou set the Marist Saints alight with a game-breaking performance against the East Coast Bays Barracudas. Tupou scored two tries in his side