On July 30 a local derby saw the Mt Albert Lions draw 24-24 with the Marist Saints. The Fox Memorial Shield premier sides are both fighting for playoff spots with two regular season rounds remaining. In third place the
Lions have almost secured their spot but the Saints will have to win the next two weeks if they want any hope of survival. Mt Albert face the Mangere East Hawks at home this Saturday and the Saints travel south to challenge the Otahuhu Leopards. Also on July 30 the Pt Chevalier Pirates demolished the Richmond Bulldogs 46-0. TheWalker Park side sit in second place behind the feared Papakura Sea Eagles. They face the fourth placed Glenora Bears at home this weekend.