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The match of round 9 will feature two Top 4 teams, Marist and Waitohi going head to head at Tahunanui. Wanderers will be looking to consolidate their spot in the Top 4 when hosting East Coast at Brightwater, Kahurangi will host the improving Central at Sports Park Motueka, Nelson will want to continue the  momentum of their usual E’stel Tasman Trophy challenge at Renwick while Stoke will be looking for points when last placed Moutere visit Greenmeadows.

E’stel Men’s Tasman Trophy Round 8 report 
E’stel Women’s Tasman Trophy Round 2 report
UC Championship (1st XV) Round 1 report

Marist and Waimea Old Boys both went into the round eight clash unbeaten and still are after 80 minutes fierce football ended in a 26-all draw on Saturday. A late Waimea try ensured sides would share the spoils of what was a torrid battle at Tahuna Fields.

Waitohi consolidated third spot on the table with a hard fought win over a  gutsy Moutere, whose performance belied their last placed position. On their home ground, the Magpies turned in a strong first half effort to lead 8-5 at the break but leaked 19 second half points to go down 24-8.

Wanderers moved into fourth spot with a win over Stoke 32-20, Nelson started their charge with a late 26-20 win over Kahurangi, while Central’s 30-10 triumph displaced East Coast form the Top 4.