Northern Clubs take the lead in the RLN Premiership
The Northern clubs took advantage of the North/South crossovers with a resounding 3 wins to 1 loss and 1 draw in the crossover rounds. The biggest surprise was Otaua Valleys 38 – 12 win over the Portland Panthers. The Valleys previous record of 1 win and 4 losses compared with Portland’s 3 wins, one could have thought that Portland were favourites, however the Northern men from Otaua proved otherwise.
Hokianga defeated Takahiwai in a tight encounter 28 – 22, Moerewa were pushed hard by City 28 – 24, while Muriwhenua and Northern Wairoa battled out a 32 all draw. The only Southern club to come away with a win, were the Hikurangi Stags who thumped the Kerikeri Slayers 78 – 6. However, the win for the Stags came at a massive cost with Player/Coach Joe Rau breaking his arm in a potentially season ending injury. Joe is scheduled to have surgery on Monday.
Credit to Joe’s dedication to Rugby League, he still turned out in his roles as a Rugby League Development officer on Sunday to oversee the running of Junior League at the Bluegoose. This even saw him refereeing an 18s game between The Wairoa Bulls and Otaika Eagles!!
Next week in the RLN Premiership the crossover rounds continue with the two games of the rounds seeing the Northern Wairoa Bulls hosting Hokianga Pioneers and Hikurangi Stags hosting the Muriwhenua Kuaka.
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|11th May||Muriwhenua Kuaka||32||Northern Wairoa Bulls||32|
|11th May||Hokianga Pioneers||28||Takahiwai Warriors||22|
|11th May||Otaua Valleys||38||Portland Panthers||12|
|11th May||Hora Hora Broncos||–||BYE||–|
|11th May||City Knights||24||Moerewa Tigers||28|
|11th May||Hikurangi Stags||78||Kerikeri Slayers||6|