Tukapa has moved to the top of the Taranaki premier club rugby table after a convincing 29-7 win over Clifton at Sanders Park this afternoon.
A wretched start to the season, which included losing three of their four opening games, which led to the sacking of their coach, will be all but forgotten now as they moved to the outright lead.
Openside flanker Sam Shaw scored two tries for Tukapa, while Nathan Hohaia and Oti Wilson also touched down to give their side a bonus point which takes them one point ahead of arch rivals New Plymouth Old Boys.
Old Boys lost top spot despite beating Coastal 25-3 at Vogeltown Park.
The home side dominated large parts of the match and should have taken a healthier lead than 11-0 into the break after they wasted a host of chances.
Two second half tries made the game safe. There were several notable performances, including that of halfback David Ormrod, who was superb in the way he led his side around the field.
Spotswood United went on a try scoring rampage against defending champions Southern, winning 63-13 at Hawera.
The visitors managed eight tries in all, including two to first five-eighth Josh Hamilton, who ended the match with 31 points.
Inglewood had to come from 10-7 down at the break to beat bottom of the table Stratford 33-10 at Inglewood.
Flanker Mark Neilson scored a brace of tries for the home side.
AT A GLANCE
Inglewood 33 Stratford 10
Tukapa 29 Clifton 7
Spotswood United 63 Southern 13
NPOB 25 Coastal 3
- Taranaki Daily News
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