New Plymouth Old Boys made a statement in just the second week of Taranaki premier rugby, thumping Clifton 55-20 at Vogeltown Park on Saturday.
Pundits had been predicting the match to be the closest of the round but Old Boys put that theory to bed by running away with the match in the second half.
That match had been close near halftime, with Old Boys leading 14-12 after tries to Adam Laititi and Sean Wainui.
The home side cut loose in the second half, however, running in another six tries as Clifton struggled with their defence.
Laititi and replacement prop Phil Hammond ended the match with a brace of tries each.The win means Old Boys are one of just two teams to have won both their opening matches.
The other is Inglewood, who scraped past Spotswood United 8-3 in a dour affair at the TET Stadium.Inglewood took a 3-0 lead into the break, with their only other scoring coming from a try to wing Aaron Taylor.
Defending champions Southern suffered back-to-back losses, the latest coming against Coastal after they were beaten 17-15 at Hawera.
Southern captain Jackson Ormond received two yellow cards in the match.Tukapa easily accounted for Stratford 38-11 in the remaining game.
AT A GLANCE Inglewood 8 Spotswood Utd 3 NPOB 52 Clifton 20Coastal 17 Southern 15 Tukapa 38 Stratford 11
- Taranaki Daily News
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