Heading into the final day of the Men's Toro Interprovincial pool play, the Manawatu Wanganui team still has a chance of making the semi finals. However they are relying on either Wellington or Canterbury losing a match, and then having enough individual games to sneak ahead of them.
The Manawatu Wanganui team has a bye this morning meaning they can only progress to 4.5 points, if they beat Poverty Bay/East Coast, which they are expected to do. A 5 - 0 result in that match will increase their chances. Both Wellington and Canterbury have two matches today so can both get to 5.5 points with two wins. A loss to one of those teams today could result in them sharing 4.5 points with Manawatu Wanganui and then it would come down to who has the most individual game wins, which could be close. Wellington plays North Harbour this morning and Bay of Plenty this afternoon, so an upset is possible, while Canterbury has Bay of Plenty and Aorangi, both of which Canterbury are expected to win.
For the Manawatu Wanganui team they just need to focus on their match this afternoon and ensure they win well. So far they have had a good week with their only loss against the strong Wellington team, and a half yesterday against Bay of Plenty. Individually No. 1, Tyler Wood, No. 2, Sam Nichols, and at No.5, Reid Perry, have had good tournaments all having just one loss from 5 matches. Tyler also had a half against NZ highest ranked amateur, Daniel Hillier. Liam Finlayson playing at No. 3, has had 2 wins and a half, and playing at No. 4, Greg Shaw has had one win, from 4 matches. Original No.5 Regan McConaghty, suffered an injury to an ankle during the practice round, and has played just the one match at No. 4, for a loss.
Below: Manawatu Wanganui No.1 Tyler Wood