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Pawarenga Broncos v Otaua Valleys-060 Pawarenga Broncos v Otaua Valleys-037 Pawarenga Broncos v Otaua Valleys-020 Pawarenga Broncos v Otaua Valleys-010Congratulations to the Otaua Valleys, the inaugural RLN Championship winners and in doing so, gaining promotion to the 2016 RLN Scott Electrical Premiership. It was a hugely entertaining game that had everything, scintillating tries, big hits, two send offs, in a battle of two closely connected communities. Pawarenga, for your first year back in Rugby League, you should be very proud of your efforts.

We have had to split the video into two halves in order to allow for better viewing.  You will note through the magic of TV, there was a special guest commentator who was in Australia during the match!

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With 8 debutants in the squad, Freeman was positive by some of their individual performances, heralding Outside Backs, Ross McFarlane and Tumoana Halkyard, as having standout performances.  Skipper Joel Freeman was also a stand out, while young Daniel Fulop at Stand Off didn’t look out of place after making the step up from the 2013 Swords 17s.

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The leader board RLN Premiership has had another dramatic change with two regular rounds to play.  The Tiger’s have re-found their form with back to back victories.  The latest, against Otaua Valleys 72–4.  The large points haul leaves them in first place on points difference over the Takahiwai Warriors.

The Warriors 50 – 20 victory over front runners the Northern Wairoa Bulls was the biggest shock of the round.  The Bulls had been the form team, but the Warriors played a complete disciplined match to overpower the Bulls and  confirm their position at the top of the table.  The loss drops the Bulls from first to fourth.

Hikurangi Stags regain third position with a tough fought win over the Horahora Broncos 26 – 14.  The Stags were rescued from a tight encounter by the return from a fractured arm, by player/coach Joe Rau.  Rau was instrumental in guiding his Stags back from the dead to victory.

Hokianga Pioneers continue to be the silent achievers, effectively knocking the Muriwhenua Kuaka out of playoff contention with a 20 – 14 win.  The Pioneers remain in 5th place.  The Portland Panthers are back in sixth place with a thrilling win over the City Knights 28 – 22.   The Knights drop back to 7th place.

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