Both MSP's top sides lost to Petone in a disappointing end to the first round on 9 June, with the premiers going down 22-16 (see video highlights below) and the senior 1s losing 11-8.
Gratefully accepting the lifeline offered by a flat MSP performance, Petone sneaked in to claim eighth spot on the points table and avoid the Hardham Cup round on goal difference. Despite the result, MSP finished second in the Swindale Shield. Their six-point loss to Petone was the biggest defeat in what has been a solid season overall.
And despite the senior 1s losing, they still topped the Harper Lock Shield competition and were presented with the trophy after the game... here's some photos.