The new Plymouth Old Boys are still in the running for the playoffs of the first club CMK rugby competition
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Tukapa’s Hayden Chamberlain grabs the ball in his game against Spotswood on Saturday.
New Plymouth Old Boys’ semi-final hopes are still alive in Premier Club CMK’s rugby competition.
In the penultimate round, their 17-10 victory over Stratford / Eltham at Victoria Park placed them in fourth place, tied with their opponents on Saturday.
The fate of the two teams will be decided in the final round on Saturday because they will need five points to qualify for the play-offs.
Old Boys will play competition leader Inglewood, and Spotswood United will host Stratford / Eltham.
* Waite leads points in Taranaki’s first rugby
* Logjam developing at the top of the ranking of the first rugby club CMK Taranaki
* Spotswood United need to win in the last round of club rugby competition to keep their semi-final hopes alive
If both teams win, who takes last place will be determined by a point differential as they fought in the round robin.
This situation is not new for Taranaki club rugby after close competition for several years.
In wet conditions at Stratford on Saturday, the Old Boys scored all their points in the first half and had a good 17-0 at the break.
Full-back Cody Rei opened the scoring from the penalty spot under difficult conditions.
The Old Boys then scored two tries, with Rei able to throw both conversions, one from the sideline, and managed to use the strong breeze to his advantage.
Stratford / Eltham scored midway through the second half. Captain Nathan Clough slipped under the posts after receiving a loop pass from a maul situation.
First-five-eighth Rocky Olsen kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Stratford / Eltham half-back Nick Childs has played his 150th game.
Defending champions Tukapa secured a play-off berth after a 35-5 win over Spotswood United at Yarrow Stadium.
They must now win next week’s game against Coastal to win a home semi-final.
Tukapa scored four to one tries.
Jayson Potroz kicked four of five attempts from the tee.
Clifton’s best four chances were wiped out after a 25-10 loss to leaders Inglewood at Tikorangi Estate.
They had to win the next two games with a bonus point.
Inglewood scored three tries to one in a rain affected game.
After Coastal’s 39-16 win over Southern, the team need just one point next weekend to qualify for the play-offs.
They scored five two downs played in marshy conditions at Hicks Park.
Coastal’s scrum dominated Southern’s and was the catalyst for their match.
Once again, coastal hub Rick McKenna got his team off to a good start.
The points table after 13 weeks is as follows: Inglewood 39, Tukapa 36, ââCoastal 33, New Plymouth Old Boys 28, Stratford / Eltham 28, Clifton 19, Spotswood United 9, Southern 7.