He Tauaa qualify for the Southland rugby league competition final after default win

He Tauaa have qualified for the Southland club rugby league final.
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He Tauaa have qualified for the Southland club rugby league final.

Defending champions He Tauaa have qualified for the Southland club rugby league competition final after a default semifinal win over Cooks on Saturday.

Cooks could only field eight players for the match, with He Tauaa only finding out 20 minutes before the game, that the match wouldn't be taking place, once they were kitted up for the 2pm kickoff.

He Tauaa coach Moses Fa'amoe-Ioane was disappointed that the match his team had prepared for didn't take place.

"We were all ready to go and then they came over and told us they were defaulting," he said.

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He Tauaa's focus now switches to next Saturday's Southland rugby league final against Cowboys.

He Tauaa and Cowboys have been the form sides of the competition throughout the season and the final is set to be a cracker, after Cowboys inflicted the first loss of the season on He Tauaa in the opening round of the playoffs, with a golden point thriller 20-18 victory over the 2016 champions.

"We are looking forward to the challenge this week, it is a bummer we missed out on the game, we can't dwell on it, we have to move forward to focus on the Cowboys," Fa'amoe-Ioane said.

"I am sure the boys will be on task this week for it, they are really looking forward to it, as disappointed as they were that there was no game on Saturday, they knew straight away that their focus had to switch to Cowboys and that is where it lies."

According to Fa'amoe-Ioane his players won't lack motivation heading into the Southland club rugby league final against a talented Cowboys outfit.

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"The boys want to prove to themselves that they are No 1, we don't want anyone spoiling that party," he said.

At a glance

He Tauaa defeated Cooks by default.

 - Stuff

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