Slick College show no mercy
Those expecting a epic clash between College Old Boys and Kia Toa would have been let down.
But it was just COB fans who were treated, as they put the understrengthed Kias to the sword 74-21 at Bill Brown Park, in what is believed to be a record score between the two clubs, running in 12 tries.
COB were too strong across the park and their backs were making breaks at will, especially centre Timoci Seruwalu, who scored four tries and broke about three tackles at the start of the game to set the tone.
Defending champions Kia Toa were missing a few men, but it was poor tackling that let them down.
Kias were in it until just before halftime, when COB scored two quick tries to lead 29-9, then rammed home their advantage with 45 second-half points.
COB second five-eighth Brad Truesdale was Seruwalu's partner in crime busting tackles, first five-eighth Otere Black steered them around and was given a good platform by flanker Mike Baker and young frontrowers Wiremu Cottrell and Tim Cadwallader.
Kia Toa had locks Fraser Stone and Kingsley Teppett working hard, as well as halfback Atu Henare and first five-eighth Jade Te Rure, but they couldn't stop the onslaught.
Kia Toa should have men like Newton Tudreu, Tevita Taufui and Bryn Templeman back next weekend, and there is a chance Highlander Jason Emery could be sighted in a Kia Toa jersey soon.
As Kia Toa coach Fusi Feaunati said: "we're two games into a 19-game marathon".
At Bill Brown Park: College Old Boys 74 (Timoci Seruwalu 4, Cyrus Baker 2, Brice Henderson 2, Mike Baker, Karl Bryson, Otere Black, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, tries; Black 5 con; Brad Truesdale 2 con), Kia Toa 21 (Kingsley Teppett, Inia Rasovo, tries; Jade Te Rure 3 pen, con), HT 29-9. Varsity 39 OB-Marist 22 Old Boys-Marist would have been full of confidence after a big win in round one, but faced a sterner test against Varsity.
After an even first half, Varsity went up a gear after the break and dominated the rest of the game, with OBM scoring a late consolation try.
The students had their noses in front at 20-17 halftime, but straight after the break, they laid on two quick tries, which put them firmly in the driver's seat.
Varsity first five-eighth Clayton Stewart was putting people in holes and set flanker Callum Gibbins up for a try after halftime and then winger Owen Karati cut the OBM defence up with a long-range try.
No 8 Kirk Tufuga was a workhorse, winger Nehe Milner-Skudder looked dangerous and fullback Nick Birchfield kicked well.
For OBM, second five-eighth Troy Smith made a couple of breaks in midfield and was only stopped by scrambling Varsity defence.
Openside flanker Rhys Pedersen was busy and prop Regan Hunt went well.
At Massey University: Varsity 39 (Rob Foreman, Kirk Tufuga, Callum Gibbins, Owen Karati, Nick Birchfield, tries; Clayton Stewart 4 con, 2 pen), Old Boys-Marist 22 (Dan Law, Waisea Qiokata, Troy Smith, Michael Gattsche, tries; Gatthsche con) HT 20-17.
Feilding 58 Linton Army 0 Feilding put in one of their better games as they cleaned up the soldiers who were playing their first game.
Yellows scored most of their tries through applying pressure and building phases, not soft tries.
The two sides met in pre-season and Yellows only won 20-7, so this was a much-improved performance against a big Linton side.
Flanker Api Ratugoleanavanua was Feilding's best as he scored two tries, defended strongly and carried the ball well.
The combination between first five-eighth Ben Wyness and halfback Kayne Hammington clicked and they directed the play.
Prop Ben Lynch-Phillips had a strong game and fullback Matt Dalley was solid.
At Johnston Park: Feilding 58 (Api Ratugoleanavanua 2, Ben Wyness, Harley Cribb, Brad Carr, Matt Dalley, Hayden Stratford, Ben Lynch-Phillips, tries; Wyness 5 con, 2 pen; Crete Cribb 1 con), Linton Army 0, HT 20-0. Freyberg 24 Feilding Old Boys-Oroua 17 A win was on the offering for both Freyberg and Feilding Old Boys-Oroua, but it was Freyberg who stepped up in the final couple of minutes to steal the game.
Freyberg jumped out to an early lead after dominating the early exchanges with their ball-carrying forwards making inroads and they were getting good lineout drives. This year's improved Stag team fought back though, and were behind 17-10 at halftime. They then scored from a scrum to level the scores after Freyberg's kickoff went out on the full.
But two minutes from fulltime, Freys No 8 Junior Tunufai took it off the back of the scrum smashed his way over to win the game.
Freyberg had to survive the final moments after giving the ball away, but held on.
Freyberg fullback Shai Wiperi made some good runs with his kick returns, halfback Scott Haumaha was having a good game before dislocating his shoulder and prop Zac Third had a big game, holding up the scrum and got through lots of work.
FOB-Oroua loosies Cody Shailer and Eddie Cranston were the Stags' best and halfback Adam Mabey stood out.
At Colquhoun Park: Freyberg 24 (Junior Tunufai, Villiami Fakava, Zac Third, Scott Haumaha, tries; Willie Cribb 2 pen) Feilding Old Boys-Oroua 17 (Kain Ellmers, Brett Illston, tries; Ellmers 2 con, pen), HT 17-10.