Competition leaders Tukapa's unbeaten run was almost halted in senior A rugby today.
A penalty try was all that separated Tukapa and Coastal as the home side snuck home 15-10 on a muddy ground at Sanders Park.
The penalty try, awarded by referee Richard Kelly, came after Tukapa were prevented from scoring a pushover try from a scrum.
Coastal hammered away at the Tukapa line late in the game but just couldn't get over to level things up.
Clifton took outright second with a 35-26 win over fellow top four side Southern at Tikorangi.
The home side got off to a flying start and were enjoying a 26-12 lead at one stage before Southern roared back into the match.
It was tense stuff near the end with tempers tested and the referee coming under a lot of pressure.
New Plymouth Old Boys scored three late tries to beat Stratford 48-17 at Vogeltown Park.
Spotswood United grabbed another major scalp for the year when they beat Inglewood 23-19 at Yarrow Stadium.
The loss heaped more pressure on Inglewood who have won just twice in 2013.
AT A GLANCE
Clifton 35 Southern 26
NPOB 48 Stratford 17
Spotswood Utd 23 Inglewood 19
Tukapa 15 Coastal 10
- Taranaki Daily News
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