News 13s RLN Cup – Muriwhenua v WIS-Stags

13s RLN Cup – Muriwhenua v WIS-Stags

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To use the famous cliché – a game of two halves.  The Muriwhenua Kuaka came of the blocks with all guns firing and looked to have taken an unassailable lead.  But defending champions the WIS-Stags (joint partnership between Whangarei Intermediate and Hikurangi) were not to be underestimated and clawed their way back in the second half to snatch victory in the final minutes.

In a true reflection of the Brotherhood of Rugby League a special note must be made to the Muriwhenua team who graciously agreed to play the game at a later time due to a majority of the WIS team being unavailable due to a conflict with Kapa Haka.

WIS Stags – 30

Muriwhenua Kuaka – 24

Point scorers unavailable at the time of writing.

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