Round 13 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition has everyone back on an even keel after split rounds and postponed matches.
With North Harbour Tigers faultering at the hands of the Hisbiscus Coast Raiders, they now slip to fourth place in the competition behind the Bulls who once again were in the winning circle in a hard fought win at home in Christchurch over the Falcons.
Wellington's hopes of a Bartercard Cup top-five playoff position were dealt a heavy blow by the Mt Albert Lions yesterday after the visitors withstood a late charge to collect a 28-20 win at Porirua Park.
The loss leaves Wellington foundering in 6th place on the ladder with three rounds remaining. Wellington face an uphill battle and need to win their remaining games and hope other results go their way for any chance of a finals berth.
With three minor premiership rounds remaining, Mount Albert Lions and Counties Manukau Jetz have 20 points each, the Canterbury Bulls 18, North Harbour Tigers 16 and Hibiscus Coast Raiders 15.
BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION � ROUND 13 RESULTS
Saturday 30 July 2005:
Eastern Tornadoes vs Waicoa Bay Stallions ITM Stadium, Whangarei
Waicoa Bay Stallions 36 N. Kaa, P. Prime, D. Gideon, M. McGrath (3) : Tries N. Kaa (1), H. Karena (5) : Goals
Eastern Tornadoes 30 T. Leaunoa, D. Harriman, M. Latu, S. Moala (3) : Tries D. Harriman (3) : Goals
Halftime Score: 24 � 10 To Waicoa Bay Stallions
Marist Richmond Brothers vs Otahuhu Ellerslie Murray Halberg Park, Auckland
Marist Richmond Brothers 31 D. Crappe, T. Latu, L. Panapa, R. Ioane, M. Taulapapa (2) : Tries R. Ioane (3) : Goals R. Ioane (1) : Field Goal
Otahuhu Ellerslie 20 H. Turua, S. Moli, M. Vatuvei (2) : Tries T. Zwart (2) : Goals
Halftime Score: 16 � 8 To Marist Richmond Brothers
Sunday 31 July 2005:
Counties Manukau Jetz vs Glenora Bears Massey Park Papakura, Auckland
Counties Manukau Jetz 30 L. Tamatoa, F. Perese, C. Waide, S. Foketi (3) : Tries L. Tamatoa (3) : Goals
Glenora Bears 24 D. Bernard, C. Smith, D. Shepherd, V. Uelese (2) : Tries J. Nathan (2) : Goals
Halftime Score: 14 � 10 To Counties Manukau Jetz
Canterbury Bulls vs Central Falcons Rugby League Park, Christchurch
Canterbury Bulls 38 K. Manihera, D. Metcalf, Q. To�o To�o, V. Whare, S. Tamatea, J. O�Brien (2) : Tries J. O�Brien (5) : Goals
Central Falcons 10 T. Cahill, J. Puhipuhi : Tries A. Porima (1) : Goals
Halftime Score: 22 � 6 To Canterbury Bulls
North Harbour Tigers vs Hibiscus Coast Raiders Birkenhead Domain, Auckland
Hibiscus Coast Raiders 32 S. Heslop, H. Fisher, C. King, T. Nikora, S. Ata (2) : Tries D. Floyd (4) : Goals
North Harbour Tigers 12 D. Vasau, D. Glasgow : Tries A. Greeen (2) : Goals
Halftime Score: 20 � 6 To Hibiscus Coast Raiders
Wellington vs Mt Albert Lions Porirua Stadium, Wellington
Mt Albert Lions 28 P. Fisi�iahi, S. Buckingham, A. Swann, A. Ellwood (2) : Tries S. Buckingham (4) : Goals
Wellington 20 D. Belford Laulu, S. Mannering, D. Buchanan (2) : Tries J. MacDonald (1), H. Magele (1) : Goals
Halftime Score: 22 � 6 To Mt Albert Lions