Last four emerge after dramatic day of action

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 18:19 05/07/2014

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New Plymouth Old Boys will host Inglewood and Coastal will welcome Clifton for next week's semifinals after a dramatic last day of round robin play in Taranaki premier rugby.

Inglewood were 17-0 down to Old Boys at the TET Stadium but fought back to grab a bonus point in their 31-25 loss, thanks mainly to three tries from lock Mark Neilson.

However, the loss saw them drop a place to fourth and book a rematch with Old Boys, this time at Vogeltown Park.

It had looked like Inglewood had snuck in to the playoffs by just a point when Spotswood United led Tukapa 18-17 with just seconds to play.

A last gasp drop goal to Tukapa got them a 20-17 win and moved them up to fifth.

Coastal appeared to be cruising at 18-0 up at halftime away to Clifton before a second half comeback saw the home side win 26-18.

Clifton dominated the second half from start to finish, although they have a powerful scrum to thank for the win.

Despite the loss, Coastal will welcome Clifton out to Rahotu next Saturday.

The remaining game saw Southern beat Stratford 14-6. The loss means Stratford go through the season without a win.  
AT A GLANCE

Clifton 26 Coastal 18

Tukapa 20 Spotswood Utd 18

NPOB 31 Inglewood 25

Southern 14 Stratford 8

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