NPC first division - Week 7 results

NPC first division - Week 7 results

Post by Richard Gallagh » Mon, 28 Sep 1998 04:00:00


NPC first division - Week 7 results

Friday, 26 September 1998
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Otago 82 thrashed Wellington 10 at Carisbrook, Dunedin
  Otago:  Brendan Laney (3), Tony Brown (2), Romi Ropati (2),
          John Leslie, Josh Kronfeld, Byron Kelleher, Jeff Wilson,
          Isitolo Maka tries
          Tony Brown  1 pen, 7 cons, 1 drop goal,
          Brendan Laney 1 con
  Wellington:  Martin Leslie try,
               Jon Preston 1 pen, 1 con

Otago scored more than 80 points for the second week in a row.  Their
next game is against Southland, so three weeks in a row is certainly a
possibility.  Otago looked a lot better this week than last week.

Saturday, 27 September 1998
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Waikato 63 defeated Northland 22 at Rugby Park, Hamilton
  Waikato: Scott McLeod (2), Roger Randle (2), Damien Karauna,
           Ryan Wheeler, Aaron Hopa, Rhys Duggan tries
           Matt Cooper 3 pens, 7 cons
  Northland: Justin Collins, Tony Monaghan, Hayden Taylor tries
             Taylor 1 pen, 2 cons

Waikato started badly, however the tide started to turn when the
captain Ian Foster was substituted off after about 20 minutes.
Waikato went into the second half leading by only 3 points 13 to 10.
Had Northlands goal kicking been more accurate then they would have
stayed in touch.  But the Waikato forwards took control and Waikato
went on to score 7 tries in the second half.

Taranaki 48 defeated Southland 14 at Homebush Stadium, Invercargill
  Taranaki:  Mark Irwin (2), Scott Paterson (2), Andy Slater,
             Mepi Faoagali, Jason Holland, Dean Magon tries
             Jason Holland 4 cons
  Southland:  Pita Alatini, Stephen Jackson tries
              Simon Culhane 2 cons

Canterbury 31 defeated North Harbour 29 at Jade Stadium, Christchruch
  Canterbury:  Jason Mathie (2), Justin Marshall,
               Andrew Mehrtens tries
               Andrew Mehrtens 1 con, 2 pens, 1 drop goal
  North Harbour:  Eric Rush (2), Slade McFarland, Mark Robinson tries
                  Frano Botica 1 pen, 2 cons

A great second half comeback almost saw North Harbour steal the game
from Canterbury's grip.  If a few of the ref's calls had gone North
Harbours way then they probably would have won.

Sunday, 27 September 1998
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Counties Manukau 45 defeated Auckland 29 at Pukekohe Stadium
  Counties Manukau:  Joeli Vidiri (4), Loki Crichton, Danny Lee,
                     Lee Lidgard tries
                     Blair Feeney 1 pen, 1 con
                     Loki Crichton 1 pen, 1 con
  Auckland:  Caleb Ralph, Phil Lewis tries
             Adrian Cashmore 2 con, 5 pen

With some injuries early on in the game Auckland were going to find it
hard to win.  Lomu and Vidiri playing their first NPC game of the
season put in solid performances.  Counties picked up maximum points
from the match greatly enhancing their chances of making the final.

1998 Standings
 Team             P  W  L  D   F    A   +4  <7  Pts
 Canterbury       7  6  1  0  270  150   6   0   30
 Waikato          7  6  1  0  309  136   4   0   28
 Otago            7  5  2  0  312  166   5   0   25
 Taranaki         7  4  3  0  173  148   1   1   18
 Counties Manukau 7  3  4  0  180  193   3   2   17
 North Harbour    7  3  4  0  163  183   3   1   16
 Auckland         7  3  4  0  192  207   1   2   15
 Wellington       7  3  4  0  165  228   1   1   14
 Southland        7  2  5  0   95  279   0   0    8
 Northland        7  0  7  0  109  288   0   3    3

Canterbury has made the semifinals.  The only their home final status
is up in the air.  Waikato has all but made the semifinals, only an
exceptional combination of results could keep them out.  Next weeks
match between Waikato and Canterbury will have a big impact on who
finishes first.  Otago should make it into the finals and probably
pick up second place.

With Auckland's defeat this round the race for fourth place is wide
open.  The team that wins their remaining two matches will likely take
the spot.  The winner of  Auckland versus North Harbour next week will
likely be the fourth semifinalist.  Counties and Taranaki will have to
defeat Canterbury and Waikato respectively in the last round to make
the semifinals.  Wellington will have to hope for some favorable
results from other games if they are to make the finals.

--
Richard Gallagher

http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~rbg/

 
 
 

NPC first division - Week 7 results

Post by Euan Kilgo » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Canterbury has made the semifinals.  The only their home final status
>is up in the air.  Waikato has all but made the semifinals, only an
>exceptional combination of results could keep them out.  Next weeks
>match between Waikato and Canterbury will have a big impact on who
>finishes first.  Otago should make it into the finals and probably
>pick up second place.

Great stuff again,  Richard.  Thanks for posting the results.

IMO the winner of the Waikato - Canterbury game will take outright first,
and leaves the loser facing the possibility of an away semifinal should
Otago score maximum points in their last two games.

There is so much to play for this weekend - looks to be a HUGE game.

BTW,  I heard Paddy O'Brien was out injured this last weekend. If he was
unable to officiate next weekend,  who would be given the game?

An unknown reserve?

Since I don't know who is refereeing the other two matches on Saturday,  I
can't even begin to pick a replacement.

I am just happy that it cannot be Honiss.

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NPC first division - Week 7 results

Post by Tony Elso » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am just happy that it cannot be Honiss.

Its Honiss.

--

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__________________________________________________
I dreamt of being a geographer, but I found the
subject too complex.  So I switched to physics

A. Einstein

 
 
 

NPC first division - Week 7 results

Post by Euan Kilgo » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:


>> I am just happy that it cannot be Honiss.

>Its Honiss.

Can't be.  He is from Canterbury.  I'd prefer one of the Steve Walsh's.

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NPC first division - Week 7 results

Post by Richard Gallagh » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>IMO the winner of the Waikato - Canterbury game will take outright first,
>and leaves the loser facing the possibility of an away semifinal should
>Otago score maximum points in their last two games.

Of course it could end up a draw then Waikato keep the shield,
Canterbury and Waikato probably get the home semifinals.

--
Richard Gallagher

http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~rbg/

 
 
 

NPC first division - Week 7 results

Post by Euan Kilgo » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:


>>IMO the winner of the Waikato - Canterbury game will take outright first,
>>and leaves the loser facing the possibility of an away semifinal should
>>Otago score maximum points in their last two games.

>Of course it could end up a draw then Waikato keep the shield,
>Canterbury and Waikato probably get the home semifinals.

Touche!

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