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Round six preview - Bartercard Cup

After last weeks blow out in scores, it has shown that this years Bartercard Cup is very unpredictable.
Round six preview - Bartercard Cup
by NRL

After last weeks blow out in scores, it has shown that this years Bartercard Cup is very unpredictable. The start of the year has been filled with close results including five drawn matches, and only three points separates the top position from the ninth position. This week will see the top teams start to sought them selves out as the Bartercard Cup nears halfway point of the 16 round competition. Match of the round sees Marist Richmond Brothers vs Otahuhu Ellerslie at Murray Halberg Park on Saturday.


Central Falcons vs Canterbury Bulls Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North 2.30pm Kick Off

Bottom place Central Falcons will host third place and Defending Champions Canterbury Bulls on Saturday afternoon at Fitzherbert Park. The Falcons welcome back several players from Russia, and will be looking to them to provide the spark that they lacked in the last two rounds. They will need to stop the leak of points at their home ground, conceding 148 points in their three matches at home in 2004. The Bulls have struggled away from home this year, winning one of their three matches. They also have the best attacking record in the Cup, and will be looking to put on a huge score against the Falcons. They will be looking to win their fourth match of the year, and cementing their position in the top five.

Last time they meet: Bulls 48 d. Falcons 4 at Rugby League Park, Round 11 July 2003

Total Matches Played: 3, Bulls 3 Falcons 0

Central Falcons: C. Paniera, S. Forbes, W. Live, M. Whakatihi, N. Coburn, T. Clune, G. Kerrisk, R. Hurunui, L. Erihe, M. Graham (C), S. Leota, J. Watson, D. Cooper
Reserves: P. Nanai, D. Fa'apito, J. Pivac, W. Wharepapa
Coach: Peter Sixtus

Canterbury Bulls: J. McDonald, P. McDonald, R. Martin, C. Herekotukutuku, R. Hanson, A. Harris, M. Clarkson, V. Whare, A. Auimatagi, K. Ferris, S. Wallace, B. Taylor, C.Lawrie
Reserves: C. Newton, P. Asi, A. Timo, G. Mulipola
Coach: Phil Prescott

Marist Richmond Brothers vs Otahuhu Ellerslie Murray Halberg Park, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off

Otahuhu will be looking for their third victory in a row this week, but the only thing standing in their way is second place Marist Richmond Brothers. Marist has been in excellent form so far this year, winning three of their five matches with one draw. They come off a two point victory in a high scoring match against the Tornadoes last week, and will be looking to keep their 100% record at home this year. Otahuhu will be looking to keep their impressive record over Marist, and victory would move them at least one place up the table.

Last time they meet: t Brothers 52 d. Leopards 22 at Grey Lynn Park, Round 11 July 2003
Total Matches Played: 9, Lions 6 Brothers 3

Marist Richmond Brothers: J. Tiavale, T. Ropati, J. Tavita, R. Henry, M. Taulapapa, G. Rota, B. Perenara, K. Cawdron, M. France, A. Su'a, H. Turua (C), R. Seuala, A. Murray
Reserves: T. Taua'a, B. Douglas, E. Leavai, F. Afamasaga
Coach: Bernie Perenara

Otahuhu Ellerslie: P. Atkin, S. Malafu, D. Fisiiahi, P. Fisiiahi, G. Ruka, J. Yandall, C. Wetini, S. Faitala, F. Tikinau, A. Fausa, S. Tufeao, T. Frost, R. Johnson
Reserves: M. Langdon, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, F. Tupou, N. Thammavongsa
Coach: James Leuluai

Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Wellington Davies Park, Huntly 3.00pm Kick Off

Undefeated Stallions will host the up and down Wellington in Huntly this week. It took 40 minutes for the Stallions to click into gear last week against bottom placed Falcons, and they wont be-able to give a team of this nature an advantage like that. Wellington last week was beaten heavily by the Bulls in Christchurch, and need to improve immensely if they have any chance of knocking over the top team at their home ground. A loss here for Wellington could see them start to lose pace with the top five teams, due to the closeness of this years competition. Wellington will be looking to star players Jamie Macdonald, Simon Mannering and Manu to provide the spark that saw them demolish the Raiders to weeks ago. Waicoa will start life with out star halfback Hayden Karen who is off to Australia to play for the Queensland Comets, a feeder club for North Queensland Cowboy. Karena has been key player for the Stallionst, scoring 38 points including one try and 17 conversions in four games, ranking him fifth in the comp in scoring, and kicking goals at a 77 per cent success rate.

First match between these two teams

Waicoa Bay Stallions: B. Ingram, R. Peri, D. Campbell-Benson, J. Kaho, H. Wilson, N. Kaa, T. Matthews, B. Roberts, C. Norton (C), J. David, D. Kete, K. Tumoana, H. Kingi
Reserves: V. Moana-Mason, T. Soti, B. Teleaga, B. Whitiora
Coach: Tawera Nikau / Len Reid

Wellington: C. Fox, I. Luke, M. Nathan, V. Manu, D. Laula, J. Te Reo, J. MacDonald, T. Lavulavu, J. Carnegie, J. Laumua, T. Hall, C. Savalii (C), D. Rota
Reserves: D. Hape, S. Mannering, J. Parekura, J. Hepi
Coach: Paul Bergman


Sunday 30 May 2004

Glenora Bears vs Mt Albert Lions Harold Moody Recreation Ground, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off

The Bears are looking for their second win of the season and to carry on their march up the table. The Bears started the season last on the table, and have slowly moved up two places after recording two draws and a win in their last three matches. The Lions sit fifth on the table after three wins, including two wins in a row. Its should be an entertaining clash, but the Lions should have to much power in attacking and should beat the Bears comfortably. But don't underestimate the Bears, with coach Geoff Morton sure to have the Bears in top mode for this match.

Last match played: Bears 22 l. Lions 42 at Harold Moody Park, Round 11 July 2003

Total Matches Played: 7, Lions 5 Bears 2

Glenora Bears: T. Toailoa, C. Nahu, L. Tamatoa, K. Alefosio, A. Iole, S. Ieremia, G. Lilo, M. Toelau (C), I. Retzlaff, L. Toli, K. Edmondson, V. Tutuila, C. Waide
Reserves: M. Alai, T. Papali'i, L. Waqa, B. Valeni
Coach: Geoff Morton

Mt Albert Lions: A. Bauer, M. Manu, R. Godfrey, A. Swann, R. Baxter, S. Buckingham (C), J. Noble, S. Pouha, L. Talamaivao, D. Davis, C. Tuimavave, K. Papa, T. Tuimavave
Reserves: : A. Fungapo, G. Malietoa-Brown, F. Soutar, M. Asoua
Coach: Brian McClennan


North Harbour Tigers vs Hibiscus Coast Raiders North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off

The Tigers have never beaten the Raiders in the three years if the Bartercard Cup. And this will be the perfect time to register their first victory against their neighbouring team. They take on a struggling Raiders team this Sunday at North Harbour Stadium. The Raiders concede on average 36 points a match and have the second worse defence in the Bartercard Cup. The Tigers will be hurting after last weeks shock loss to the Bears, and will look to the speed they have on the flanks to break the fragile defence of the Raiders. Expect the Tigers to put on a big victory in front of their home crowed.

Last match played: Raiders 36 d. Tigers 4 at Stanmore Bay Reserve, Round 14 August 2003

Total Matches Played: 7, Raiders 6 Tigers 0 Draw 1


North Harbour Tigers: T. Samoa, K. Johnson, T. Fatui, L. Copestake, G. Macpherson, D. Vasau, J. Trott, J. Duff, Q. Ikifana (C), A. Aukafolau, D. Leuila-Briggs, S. Lui, J. Kamariera
Reserves: C. Tupou, T. Berry, D. Glasgon, R. Colley
Coach: Karl Benson / Kenneth McIntosh

Hibiscus Coast Raiders: C. Te Kiri, J. Vaifale, O. Manuel, D. Tepu, R. Gilmore, D. Floyd, T. Thompson, S. Stowers, C. Shears (C), J. Asiata, W. Henare, T. Nikora, G. Moana
Reserves: V. Dunn, S. Tereora, M. Heke (No.17 TBA)
Coach: Tony Benson


Eastern Tornadoes vs Counties Manukau Jetz Ericsson No.2, Auckland 2.30pm Kick Off

The last match of the round sees the Tornadoes hosting the Jetz at Ericsson No 2 this Sunday. Both teams sit on five competition points, after two wins and a draw each. They are also both coming off a loss and are sitting middle of the table. A victory is very valuable for these two evenly match teams if they want to stay in touch with the top five teams. Expect a close match and don't be surprised if both teams come away with one point only.

First match between these two teams

Eastern Tornadoes: J. Murphy, N. Ngametua, K. Fakalata, Z. Luisi, I. Paulo, W. Morunga, L. Lafaele, A. Leau, H. Rangi, M. Latu, I. Liava'a, N. Pulu, K. Umbers
Reserves: A. Lafaele, S. Paeu, D. Harriman, P. Menary
Coach: Boss Cecil

Counties Manukau Jetz: L. Finnerty, I. Hagaitoa, G. Eliki, S. Fa'alogo, P. Tafea, J. Ioapo, A. Herangi, A. Pereira, C. Motu, N. Su'e, A. Tusani, M. Vili, W. Barnett (C)
Reserves: J. Karaitiana, S. Foketi, G. Leota, T. Ufi
Coach: Dean Hunter


BARTERCARD CUP POINTS TABLE
BARTERCARD CUP TOP POINT SCORERS
BARTERCARD CUP TOP TRY SCORERS

Anyone that would like to help take photos, match reports or do write ups of Batercard Cup, please email me at c.s.ewart@xtra.co.nz


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