High scoring games played in perfect conditions were a feature of the first round of the Division One Competition.
A strong second half effort byWaikiwi secured a bonus point 33-5 win over Te Anau at Donovan Park.
The visitors were the slightly better team in the first half but still trailed 10-5 at the beak.
The favourites improved in the second half with Adam Ronald moving into first five and using his accurate kicking game to keep his pack rolling forward.
Aggressive defence by the Waikiwi backline was another highlight which led to two intercept try's. Dual tryscorer Triton Bain had a solid game in the mid field, while outside back Kiel McPhee also ran in two tries.
Edendale earned a bonus point 34-19 win at Riversdale.
Edendale led by 12 early in the match and extended that out to 24 nil at half time.
Last year's Assistant Coach Duane Mullane played a full game at prop for Edendale and he started the second half by galloping down the touch line to score in the corner.
Riversdale forwards then got into the work scoring two tries. Edendale deserved the win with Dan Cockery impresssing at both centre and half back, blindside Matt Medly put in a strong captain's knock but it was the 41-year-old Millane who earned player of the day honours.
Mataura beat Waikaka 27-19 in an entertaining match at Waikaka. Mataura led 14-nil early before the locals closed the gap to 4-12 at half time.
Riversdale 19 () Edendale 34 (G Branks, D Cockrery, J McLeod, V Webber, D Mullane, A Cockery tries, B Fodie 2 con); Waikiwi 33 (T Bain 2, K McPhee 2, N Robertson tries, J Drozdzak 2 pen, con) Te Anau 5 (try); Waikaka 19 () Mataura 27 ()
- The Southland Times