Warriors get much-needed hit-out
The Kia Ora Warriors managed to get in a final hit-out before the semifinals of the Western Alliance competition during another round riddled with defaults at the weekend.
Kia Ora knocked over the Linton Cobras 60-14 in a game that was only made possible because Linton's second-string side defaulted to Kia Ora's reserves.
The game was timely for Kia Ora though, who have the bye next weekend with the semifinals to be played on the following Saturday.
Warriors coach Terry Clune said considering they were defaulted to last weekend, going three weeks without a fixture before a play-off game would have been a disaster.
"We gave our big boys extra minutes out on the field so they got a pretty good workout," he said.
Next week's bye is also timely as they await the return of forward Mike Wilson from a hand injury.
The Dannevirke Tigers defaulted their clash to the Normanby-Okaiawa Knights due to injury and illness, while the Hawera Hawks couldn't field a team against the Marist Dragons in Taranaki.
The Feilding Falcons had the bye, while the Western Suburbs Tigers lost 42-16 to the Waitara Bears.
Kia Ora Warriors 60 Linton Cobras 14, Dannevirke Tigers defaulted to Normanby-Okaiawa Knights, Hawera Hawks defaulted to Marist Dragons, Waitara Bears 42 Western Suburbs Tigers 16.
Feilding Falcons had the bye