The Otangarei Knights smashed a hapless Horahora Broncos 68 – 0. The Broncos who over the last couple of weeks showed they can play good football with a win over Kerikeri and a close loss to the Pioneers, never had the chance to get into the match, as the Knights blitzed them across the paddock. The win is the Knights’ second in a row and shows what they are capable of when they play disciplined league.
The Hokianga Pioneers suffered their first loss of the season to the Hikurangi Stags in a close match 36 – 26. The Stags confirm their place at the top of the table, could they possibly win 4 Premier titles in a row? Standing in their way will be the Takahiwai Warriors who are the only team to remain unbeaten (Stags have played an extra game) with their demolition of the Muriwhenua Kuaka 60 – 0. The result not surprising, but the score line was, considering it was a Muriwhenua home game.
Portland, move onto the same points as Hokianga (3rd Equal), as they defeated the winless Kerikeri Makos. While the Tigers continued their slow start to the season after going down to the Northern Wairoa Bulls 44 – 30 in a tough end to end game. The Bulls are a solid team while the Tigers showed enough form to suggest that they will be contenders towards the end of the season.
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