Semi spot waiting to be filled

01:09, Jul 15 2012

Three teams are chasing one remaining semifinal spot in tomorrow's final round of the round-robin series for Southland's premier club rugby competition.

Woodlands, Eastern-Northern Barbarians and Blues have already cemented a playoffs berth while the only team out of title contention already is Marist.

That leaves Star, Pirates-Old Boys and Midlands remaining in the quest for that one remaining spot in the semifinals.

The scenario is simple for Star.

If they beat Marist in the 1.15pm game at Rugby Park tomorrow they will claim the fourth spot and probably play Woodlands in one semifinal.

However, should they lose, the door will open for either Pirates-Old Boys or Midlands to grab the spot.


Pirates-Old Boys currently sit fourth but have the bye tomorrow so cannot advance from the 27 points they are on at the moment.

Pirates-Old Boys need both Star and Midlands to lose, with Midlands taking on Woodlands at Woodlands.

The scenario confronting Midlands is that they need Star to lose and to beat Woodlands themselves so that they advance.

The third premier game being played tomorrow between Blues and Eastern-Northern Barbarians does not have as much running on it aside from the pride of the respective teams.

They are likely to finish second and third and meet again next Saturday in the semifinals.

The Blues-Barbarians match will be played at Rugby Park at 3pm following the Star-Marist game.

The Southland Times