Round two of the local rugby league competition kicked off at the neutral venue of Brightwater Domain as the Richmond Rabbits overran the Victory Phoenix Vikings 44-8 on Friday night.
The Phoenix Vikings opened the scoring with an unconverted try to fullback Pene Webber, the Vikings then doubling the margin a short time later for an eight-point lead against their more fancied opponents.
Unfortunately for them, there was no fairytale finish as the Richmond Rabbits piled on 44 points for a convincing win.
Both the Wanderers Wolves and Tahunanui Tigers had tasted defeat in round one so it was of particular importance to win the game to keep in touch with the leaders.
It was the Tigers who eventually got up 30-20 although Wolves winger Fehoho Puta opened the scoring before Kasi Sami evened up the score by crossing over for the Tigers.
Interchange forward Kwaid Ah-Hoil scored to put the Wolves ahead, Simon Duncan adding the conversion to give them a 10-4 lead.
In a game that saw the lead change five times, the Tigers regained the lead with a double to Luke Collier who scored on either side of the halftime break. Charlton Karauria crossed for the Wolves and Duncan added a penalty to give the Wolves a four-point lead with 25 minutes to go.
Tigers props Josh Kutu and Peter Akauloa scored either side of a try to Wolves fullback Keith Auhafolau to give the Tigers a four-point lead.
Tigers captain Teokatai Beazley scored the final try with Zack Kihi adding the conversion to give the Tigers their 10-point winning margin.
The Stoke Cobras hammered the Wairau Taniwha 56-0 to complete round two at Oliver Park in Blenheim on Saturday afternoon with a 10-try romp.
The Cobras dominated the game from start to finish leading at half time by 34-0.
Fullback Josh Allen was the main beneficiary, picking up three tries and adding seven goals for a personal tally of 26 points.
Stoke centre Mitch Ryan picked up the player of the day award, creating gaps out wide almost at will.
Round three sees the Richmond Rabbits face off against the Stoke Cobras, while the two city-based sides, the Tahunanui Tigers and Victory Phoenix Vikings, will meet each other at Tahunanui.
The Wanderers Wolves will host the Wairau Taniwha at Brightwater. All games kick off on Saturday at 2.30pm.