The Linton Cobras' strong run of form continued in the premier rugby league club competition with a 66-18 thrashing of Wanganui Boxon at the army base on Saturday.
It was their fourth win in a row and now puts them on equal points with unbeaten competition leaders Whiti Te Ra, setting the two teams up next week for a top-of-the-table clash in Otaki.
On Saturday Linton had most of their players back from the Alam Halfa exercise and put in a big first half off the back of their forward dominance.
Linton props Dean Grey and Codie Christensen set the platform with strong runs and unleashed halves Koki Vaisagote, who went to hospital with broken ribs, Sione Akau, who both controlled the game.
The Cobras were up 40-6 at halftime and they had a few flashbacks to their match in the first round where they had been leading Wanganui 30-6 but Boxon came back and Linton hung on to win 40-34.
Boxon finished the stronger of the two teams and were camped in Linton's 20 metre zone in the final quarter of the game.
Linton centre Tevita Faukafa has certainly learnt his way to the tryline recently as he scored his eighth try in the past three weeks.
Faukafa scored his second hat-trick in two weeks as he had another big game on attack, including one try where he got the ball off a forward break and weaved through about six defenders to score under the posts.
Winger Chayse Te Hana scored a double as well.
The Kia Ora Warriors got revenge for their loss to Feilding in the first round, with a 46-24 win at Victoria Park, Feilding.
The result between the Ohakea Magpies and Levin Wolves could not be obtained.
Whiti Te Ra had the bye.
The Linton women's team has made a good start to the Wellington club competition with two wins from two games.
Linton only started a women's team this year, but so far beat the Wainuiomata Lions 30-6 yesterday in Wellington, following on from last week when they thrashed Petone Panthers 58-4.
Against Wainuiomata, centre Rikki Rawleigh had a good game, scoring a try, and captain Ebony Low played well at hooker.
- Manawatu Standard
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