Kia Ora and Wolves set for showdown
Kia Ora Warriors and Levin Wolves have set themselves up for a showdown in the next round of playoffs.
Both had big wins in their respective elimination playoffs on Saturday.
They will play each other in the qualifying semifinal next weekend in Levin.
The top two finishers, Whiti Te Ra and Linton Cobras, had this weekend off and play in the other qualifying semifinal next weekend at Otaki, with the winner going straight to the final and the loser having to play a semifinal against the winner of Levin against Kia Ora.
On Saturday, Kia Ora were too good for Wanganui Boxon, winning 56-10 at Fitzherbert Park, their second big win in two weeks after beating the Ohakea Magpies 106-4 last week.
Kia Ora had a scrappy start, but finished the first half strongly, with a 32-0 lead.
Boxon competed better during the second spell, but Kia Ora were always in control.
Brothers Jordan (centre) and Josh Kerr (second row) both scored hat-tricks in the win, but their standout was second rower Eru Wirihana, who was back after four weeks working.
The Levin Wolves also had a comfortable win, beating the Ohakea Magpies 44-16.
Levin were patchy and although they dominated from the start, they kept letting Ohakea back into it with mistakes.
Eighteen-year-old half Tioti O'Donnell was in charge for Levin and steering them around off the back of the platform laid by props Mike Jellyman and Ethan Keith, as well as young bench forward Anton Kerehi.