Finally KIrwan's "pick without thinking" strategy was dashed on the rocks in what could be the pivotal weekend for the competition. The 3 games that weren't blowouts had quite a few people going for Northland, Tasman and Auckland and those people have dropped down the table rapidly. Dolamite, Laurence, Paj, Joan & Mary and Unite all picked 7 from 7 and top score was 57 for Dolamite and Winger who picked 6/7 but had 5 margin calls. At the other end of the scale, Duluth had 24, Kirwan 26 & Higgins & Plastered Peni 33.
All of which means it is all change at the top with Victor now leading by 4 from Donsteppa who is 4 clear of Waynes World. It is 2 back to Winger and 2 more to Dolamite. Bayimports is up to 6th after 2 great weeks. Plastered Peni dropped 5 places, Kirwan from 1st to 8th, Higgins down to 10th and Duluth from 4th to 13th.
All to play for on the final weekend with a few unpredictable games coming up.
In the teams comp, the top 2 on the ladder - unbeaten all season - crashed out at the semi-final stage with wins for Wellington and Hawkes meaning they will contest the final next weekend. Winger, Laurence & Hydro11 all topped 50 while Hawkes were grateful to Paj, kiwimatrix and Stockcar86 but solid scoring.
The Cup final is a low scoring affair with Higgins & Plastered Peni tied on 33-33 after the first leg.
Have to agree on the performance of karpik and Harris who was like an extra loose forward. I thought the reserves added a lot when they came on Matenga stood out. It was a real team effort on D by the whole pack and looks like there is competition for places across the board. EARLY DAYS but a got start and we will learn a lot more against Waikato.
Is there a link to the page of the tips that we've submitted?
This will be the link for the whole season - which means that all the tips will accumulate - including those from last season. So just sort column A (Right click on column, Sort Z-A) and the current week's tips will appear.
Oh what could have been. If we played with the acuracy we showed today, we'd be in the semis. Though another game where we leaked points in the last 20. Fitness needs to be looked at next year. Narawa looked great on the wing. Plenty of positives from the pack. We needed a better centre (shame Foketi was injured all season) this year. A new backs coach too. We were too predictable. Shame we didn't have Monty Ioane this year. He was electric. I'm still dumbfounded how he missed out on a super contract.