Spotswood United ended a losing streak that stretched back to the late 1990s today when they beat city rivals Tukapa 28-19 at Yarrow Stadium.
The win, built on the back of a solid forward effort, particularly in the scrums, moved Spotswood United to second place on the premier table, just two points behind leaders Coastal.
The first scrum set the tone of the match, as Spotswood United won a tighthead and almost scored.
Halfback and co-captain Warwick Lahmert was in excellent form and his battle with Blues and Tukapa No 9 Jamison Gibson-Park was a highlight of the match.
Bruising Spotswood United second five-eighth Seta Tamanivalu scored the match winner as he showed his strength close to the line.
Tukapa never gave up trying but were punished for some weak defence at times as they let Spotswood United out of their own half too easily at key moments.
New Plymouth Old Boys bounced back from their loss to Tukapa last week by thrashing Inglewood 42-11 at Vogeltown Park.
Former Taranaki rep Codey Rei had a superb game at first five-eighth for Old Boys, scoring a hat-trick of tries, while he also kicked three conversions, a penalty and landed a drop goal.
Coastal had to work overtime to get past Clifton 22-17 at Okato.
Although they were missing a host of frontline players, Clifton were in the game to the end, despite losing flanker Latu Sisifa, who was red-carded for a high tackle.
Southern won the battle to avoid the first round wooden spoon when they beat Stratford 35-27 at Hawera.
It was the defending champions first win of the season.
AT A GLANCE
Spotswood United 28 Tukapa 19
NPOB 42 Inglewood 11
Coastal 22 Clifton 17
Southern 35 Stratford 27
- Taranaki Daily News
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