A thrilling finish to the round robin saw Bombay Gough Cat and Karaka book home semifinals where they will play Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors and Patumahoe Hotel respectively. The tight finish caps a terrific regular season in Counties Manukau club rugby this season.
Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega did their part in trying to sneak a playoff spot – winning seven straight matches including a narrow 36-33 victory over Onewhero Counties Bulk Haulage at Colin Lawrie Fields on Saturday but other results didn’t go their way and they finish agonizingly close to making the semifinals.
Ardmore Marist ruined Pukekohe’s chances by knocking over Patumahoe 18-13 at Bruce Pulman Park to book their semifinal spot.
Karaka had little trouble in beating Papakura 65-14 to grab the five points they need to jump Patumahoe.
Bombay racked up 11 tries in beating Te Kauwhata 75-0 to book top spot and get back to winning ways after their last round loss to Pukekohe. Bombay were happy to finish top in what Marr describes as “their most consistent season” but also acknowledges that everything starts again in the semifinals.
Manurewa Kidd Contracting finished their season on a high with a 24-20 win over Waiuku Brian James Contracting. They finish seventh, while Waiuku finish eight.
Patumahoe Hutton Builders got the 31-12 win over Ardmore Marist Ross Roof Group in Premier 2 but in a reversal of Premier 1 Pukekohe denied them a playoff spot with their win over Onewhero. Karaka, Manurewa and Bombay all enjoyed wins and secured playoff spots.