Hokianga Not To Be Underestimated

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The Hokianga Pioneers showed that they will be a force in the RLN Premiership come semi-finals in three weeks, as they defeated Premiership front runners, the Hikurangi Stags by 28 – 22.  Despite the loss, Hikurangi remain in second place, ahead of Otangarei, who defeated Horahora 48 – 24 and Portland who defeated Kerikeri 50 – 34.  All three teams are locked in on 18 points, however Hikurangi have points for and against.  Hokianga sit in fifth place.

The Northern Wairoa Bulls have taken the lead in the run for sixth place with their 52 – 6 demolition of the Moerewa Tigers.  Before the match, the Bulls were one point clear of the Tigers on 11 points, and the Tigers had won four in a row, however the Tigers were never in the game as the Bulls played a well structured and powerful 80 minutes of football, which never even gave the Tigers a sniff.  On the back on a strong forward pack, led by Jake Mau and Patrick Tane, the Bulls were ruthless in their execution.  The win puts the Bulls onto 13 points and 6th place, they move 3 points ahead of the Tigers, who are their nearest rivals.  Both teams will have a tight run to the playoffs, with the Bulls facing Horahora, Hikurangi and Portland, while the Tigers have Takahiwai, Horahora and then Hikurangi.

Takahiwai look to have the Minor Premiership in the bag after their demolition of Muriwhenua 82 – 6.  With their last three games being Moerewa, Kerikeri and Horahora the biggest concern for Takahiwai will be complacency leading into the playoffs.

The RLN Multikai Cooker Playoffs start on July 27th at Toll Stadium with:

  •  3rd playing 6th and 4th v 5th, while the 1st and 2nd get the week off.
  • August 2nd – Major Semis – Toll Stadium
  • August 9th RLN Multikai Cooker Premiers Finals Day – Toll Stadium

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