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ARL results for Saturday 19 May

In the first round of the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Trophy the top four sides from each section of the Mad Butcher Grading Round clash with each other.
ARL results for Saturday 19 May
by NRL

In the first round of the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Trophy the top four sides from each section of the Mad Butcher Grading Round clash with each other. The two games played on Saturday were between Pt Chevalier and Te Atatu as well as the clash between Ponsonby and Ellerslie.

With Pt Chevalier and Ellerslie skimming through to qualify for the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Trophy on points differential and Te Atatu and Ponsonby having a relatively safe final two rounds in the Mad Butcher Grading Round. It would be an interesting battle to see how the two sections measure up in comparison.

The Pt Chevalier Pirates dominated late in the second half to set up their first win in the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Trophy over the Te Atatu Roosters with the final scoreline being 34-28.

Pt Chevalier's lock Casey Finnerty and centre Matthias Smalley had strong games with strong defence and incisive running. Te Atatu's prop Dyke Henry was the only standout player for the Roosters making hard yards up the middle and a number of vital tackles.

The second game of the day in the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial Trophy saw the Ponsonby Ponies taking on the Ellerslie Eagles. The first half was tight with neither side giving an inch in defence. Ellerslie went into the break with a 4-point lead with the score at 14-10.

The second half saw the Eagles pull away to eventually win 26-14 in what was described as controversial circumstances according to Ponsonby supporters. Controversy aside, Ellerslie's halfback Corey Wetini displayed the skills that all halfbacks should acquire with great passing and support play.

Ponsonby's hooker Tony Ika had a business day on defence due to the Ellerslie forwards having the better run of play during the game. This was also one of Ponsonby's lowest scoring games this year and it will be interesting to see how they comeback from this first up loss.

In Sundays games at Carlaw Park saw the two top teams from each section of the Mad Butcher Grading Round clash. In the first game were the Manukau Magpies who played the Richmond Bulldogs.

Manukau ran out to an early lead of 22-0 with their centre Manu Tawhi scoring a hatrick in the first 15 minutes. However Richmond came back strong in the second quarter with fullback Hermann Thomsen scoring a hatrick of his own.

Richmond scored dead on halftime to even the scores but missed the conversion, however the referee ruled that there was a late tackle after the try was scored and awarded a penalty in front of the posts to give Richmond a 24-22 lead at the break.

The second half saw a scoring spree from both sides with Manukau again taking the early advantage through lock Tamu Hovell scoring twice from his own kicks. The final result saw Manukau's Manu Tawhi scoring five tries and Richmond's Hermann Thomsen and Junior Papalii both scoring hatricks.

The final score was 42 all with Richmond bouncing back in the last three minutes to draw even and having the opportunity to win but not taking the right options in the last 30 seconds.

In the main game of the day at Carlaw Park, the old rivals in Otahuhu and Northcote met. The game was a scrappy affair with Northcote displaying better organisation and discipline and dominating play to run away with the game 46-14.

Otahuhu reserve back Joe Kaho had a strong game on defence and scored a late try. However, his opposite Pat Thompson score a hatrick for Northcote. Another player who had a stand out performance for Northcote was their second rower Jason Kamariera who ran good lines on attack and dominated tackles in defence.

On the day Otahuhu were outclassed by a fitter and better organised side in Northcote, who goes straight to the top of the table on points deferential.


Pt Chevalier Pirates 34 Te Atatu Roosters 28
Ponsonby Ponies 14 Ellerslie Eagles 26


Hibiscus Coast Raiders 46 Bay Roskill Vikings 14
Marist Saints 26 Papatoetoe Panthers 30
City Newton Dragons 42 Glenora Bears 22


Otara Scorpions 14 Mangere East Hawks 34
Mt Wellington Warriors 20 Waitemata Seagulls 36
Pakuranga / Howick 34 Papakura Sea Eagles 14

Games to be played on Sunday 20 May.
Manukau Magpies Richmond Bulldogs Carlaw Park 12:45pm
Otahuhu Leopards Northcote Tigers Carlaw Park 2:30pm

Mt Albert Lions Manurewa Marlins Fowlds Park No 1 12:15pm

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