Rich­mond aims for cup

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Rich­mond rugby league coach John Teina can see the ben­e­fits of his team miss­ing out on the Fox Memo­rial com­pe­ti­tion.

Last year’s Fox semi-fi­nal­ists have a good chance of tak­ing out the sec­ond-tier Shar­man Cup, af­ter los­ing sev­eral ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to other clubs at the start of the sea­son.

“I know a lot of the lo­cal sup­port­ers are dis­ap­pointed about not play­ing in the Fox this year,” Teina says.

“But it’s been a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the young guys and they’ve re­sponded re­ally well.”

Teina is con­fi­dent his side can step up against Paku­ranga in their semi-fi­nal on

at

Grey Lynn Satur­day Park.

“It’s a sand-based ground and has stood up well in wet weather,” he says. “It’s a bit of a lot­tery if it’s a mud bath.”

If they come away with the win, Rich­mond will face ei­ther How­ick or Ma­nurewa in the Shar­man Cup fi­nal.

On Satur­day, Ma­nurewa de­feated Pon­sonby 44-16 to progress to the semis, while Paku­ranga over­came Bay Roskill 32-27.

A 20-10 win by Marist over Glenora will see them tak­ing on Otahuhu in a Fox Memo­rial semi­fi­nal at Bert Hen­ham Park on Satur­day. In the other semi­fi­nal, Mt Al­bert host East Coast Bays at Fowlds Park. Matches start at 2.30pm.

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