Tukapa put a week of controversy behind them to upset arch rivals New Plymouth Old Boys 36-33 in the Taranaki premier rugby today.
After parting ways with coach Salevi Tiatia on Tuesday, Tukapa needed a good performance to lift themselves.
It looked well and truly beyond them at halftime when they trailed 30-14, as Old Boys ran in five first half tries off the back of some quick ruck ball and exciting back play.
Needing to score first in the second half, Tukapa came out with far more purpose and conviction, managed to slow Old Boys' ball down and enjoy far better territory.
They finally hit the lead in the 68th minute and managed to hold on, although Old Boys had the chance to draw the match with two long range penalty attempts.
Competition leaders Coastal ran in 10 tries as they thumped bottom placed Stratford 63-17 at Stratford.
Inglewood managed to hold on to beat defending champions Southern 31-29 at the TET Stadium.
Ahead 24-10 at halftime, Inglewood had to survive a late onslaught from Southern who benefited from two intercept tries.
The game was not without controversy, either, as Southern were sure a penalty kick in the second half had gone over, only for referee Cam Stone to wave it away.
Spotswood United maintained second place with a 31-19 win over Clifton at Tikorangi.
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