Defending champs disqualified from NZRL finals

Defending champs disqualified from NZRL finals

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Four-time national
defending rugby league champions, Akarana Falcons,
have been disqualified from the final showdown tomorrow
of the Pirtek National Premiership. In what has been a tumultuous
24 hours for the NZRL, the Falcons are not ruling out
court action before the final. Raniera Harrison has more. A fall from grace for four-time
champions, Akarana Falcons. Dissention has once again
reigned on the NZRL. In the past hour, the NZRL decided twice
against appeals by the four-time national champs
Akarana Falcons who were docked two points,
surrendering their finals berth. Now, according to NZRL CEO
Phil Holden, there is a new contender. The Canterbury Bulls have been
given mandate to play in the final following their protest against
a NZ Warriors NSW Cup player taking the field in their match
against Counties Manukau. That man was Albert Vete, who illegitimately played
for Counties Manukau Stingrays, scoring three tries
in their demolition of Canterbury. With two appeals
from two different teams, the final two have been decided – the WaiCoa Bay Stallions
and Canterbury Bulls, and this should serve as a warning
to all teams across the land. And still there is talk
of court action by the Akarana Falcons. Raniera Harrison, Te Karere.

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