Unbeaten Wainuiomata remain top of the Wellington premier club league ladder after six rounds after beating Petone on Saturday while Porirua have claimed second place by defeating Upper Hutt.
University and defending champions Te Aroha were also winners.
Porirua 38 Upper Hutt 8
An emphatic, eight tries to two victory over Upper Hutt has moved Porirua into second spot on the ladder. Leading 12-8 at halftime after playing into a strong wind, the Vikings ran in five second-half tries. Man of the match Jon Masaga, who scored a brace, paid credit to his forward pack for laying the platform. Vikings coach Peter Rikiriki said: "It was a pleasing result and probably our best game this year. Our ball security was the key, especially in the first half playing into the strong gale." Anton Wereta's 80m intercept try was a highlight while hard working back-rower Jarrod McDonald was also rewarded with a try.
University 34 Randwick 22
University recorded their second win of the season with the upset of the round, handing previously high-flying Randwick back-to-back losses. Led by hard running Tevita Mafi, the Hunters came flying out of the blocks and raced away to a 24-6 halftime lead. Young Hunters fullback Troy Laver was impressive with the boot as he kept his side moving forward with good use of the wind. Micky O'Brien was another to impress University player-coach Roger Burt, who was pleased with his team's ability to complete their sets and retain possession. Randwick stalwart Ralph Leafe was always threatening but the Hunters stayed in control.
Wainuiomata 36 Petone 18
Wainuiomata remain undefeated with what their coach Darren Cassidy described as a "grinding win". Young trio Denzil Guth, Joe Tapine and Tyler Tane earned plaudits from Cassidy while Andrew Ioane again led from the front. It was 12-12 after a sloppy first half but Wainui ran in four second-half tries while Tane knocked over all six conversions to go with his try for a 16-point haul. One positive for Petone was welcoming the try-scoring Matt Wanoa back from injury.
Te Aroha 32 St George 20
Josh Hoffman scored a hat-trick in a man of the match performance for Te Aroha. St George kept pace with the premiers for much of the game but dropped balls at crucial times. Te Aroha led 14-12 at half time but another strong performance from big St George centre Hayden Lewis raised the prospect of an upset. But Te Aroha player-coach Denzil Hokianga came off the bench midway through the second half to steady the ship. At 20-all, Te Aroha repelled St George on their own try-line then marched down the field for Hoffman to score his third try and seal the win.
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