Manawatu seal place in semis

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 08:00 08/12/2012

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Manawatu-Wanganui sealed a semifinal berth at the national interprovincial tournament as their juggernaut rolled on with two more wins in Dunedin yesterday.

After beating Waikato 3-2 and Taranaki 4-1 they booked their spot in the playoffs against division two leaders Tasman.

Reaching the semifinals was also a milestone for Manawatu-Wanganui, as it has been years since they were in them.

In the other semifinal, last year's winners Southland play Bay of Plenty.

Against Waikato, Josh Munn led the way at No 1, beating Compton Pikari 4 and 3 and brother Trent at No 3 continued his hot streak with a 2 and 1 win over Tom Brockelsby.

Lachie McDonald and Hayden Ring both halved against their opponents while Junior Tatana dropped his match 5 and 4 to Ho Jun Sung.

Manawatu-Wanganui then dished out a hiding to Taranaki as even though McDonald Trent Munn halved, the rest of the side won.

Josh Munn beat Brad Hayward 3 and 2, Tatana stormed back to beat Joseph Doyle 1-up and Hayden Ring beat Brook Gray 4 and 2.

Round six results:

Manawatu-Wanganui 3 Waikato 2 Josh Munn 4 Compton Pikari 3, Lachie McDonald A/S Luke Toomey, Trent Munn 2 Tom Brockelsby 1, Ho Jun Sung 5 Junior Tatana 4, Hayden Ring A/S Steven Kuggeleijn.

Other results: Northland 3 Poverty Bay-East Coast 2, Auckland 4 1/2 Taranaki 1/2, Tasman 3 Bay of Plenty 2, Canterbury 4 North Harbour 1, Southland 3 Wellington 2.

Round seven results:

Manawatu-Wanganui 4 Taranaki 1 Josh Munn 3 Brad Hayward 2, Lachie McDonald A/S Jaime Reid, Trent Munn A/S Zac Lewis, Junior Tatana 1-up Joseph Doyle, Hayden Ring 4 Brook Gray 2.

Other results: Aorangi 4 Hawke's Bay 1, Tasman 3 1/2 North Harbour 1 1/2, Waikato 3 Wellington 2, Northland 3 Otago 2, Canterbury 2 1/2 Bay of Plenty 2 1/2, Southland 4 Auckland 1.

Points div 1: Southland 5 (21.5), Manawatu-Wanganui 5 (19.5), Auckland 4 (16.5), Waikato 3 (16.5), Wellington 3 (15.0), Aorangi 2 (13.0), Taranaki 1 (9.5), Hawke's Bay 1 (8.5).

Points div 2: Tasman 4.5 (20.5), Bay of Plenty 4.5 (19.5), Northland 4 (15.0), Otago 3 (14.5), Canterbury 3 (16.0), North Harbour 1 (10.5), Poverty Bay-EC 1 (9.0).

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