Shaky start for Lions

Central Leader - - Sport -

The Mt Al­bert Lions’ hold on the Fox Memo­rial club rugby league ti­tle is looking shaky af­ter a 22-16 loss to the Rich­mond Bull­dogs on Satur­day.

It’s the club’s sec­ond de­feat in as many weeks, af­ter notch­ing up four wins on the trot ear­lier in the sea­son.

Rich­mond co-coach John Teina says it’s one of the big­gest wins for the club since he and Ricky Henry took over last year, when Mt Al­bert thumped them by more than 60 points.

De­feat­ing the Lions also means Rich­mond are the new hold­ers of the Roope Rooster, club league’s equiv­a­lent of the Ran­furly Shield, with the tro­phy be­ing de­fended at home matches. Other matches in sec­tion A saw the Marist Saints over­come the North­cote Tigers 2212, while the Bay Roskill Vik­ings suf­fered a hard fought 20-12 loss to the How­ick Hor­nets.

And in sec­tion B the Pon­sonby Ponies over­whelmed the Hi­bis­cus Coast Raiders 66-4.

On Satur­day the last match of the Fox qual­i­fy­ing round sees Rich­mond put the Roope Rooster on the line when they face Marist at Grey Lynn Park. Mt Al­bert take on Man­gere East at Fowlds Park, Bay Roskill clash with North­cote at Birken­head War Memo­rial and Pon­sonby play Te Atatu at Jack Colvin Park.

All matches start at 2.30pm.

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