The Takahiwai Warriors have confirmed off season rumours that they will be a force in 2014 with an emphatic 40 – 16 win over the Otangarei Knights. Both teams have been tipped as being title contenders for the 2014 RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership however the Warriors showed more composure and discipline on the day.
Defending Champions, the Hikurangi Stags, were defeated 28 – 26 by the Portland Panthers. The Panthers could have run away with the match but a dogged second half performance saw the Stags fight back a missed conversion on the final play of the day that could have drawn the game.
Hokianga Pioneers and the Northern Wairoa Bulls carried over their 2013 form with a close fought 24 – 22 win to the Pioneers. Muriwhenua Kuaka were too strong at home to the Horahora Broncos winning 42 – 20. The most improved team looks to be the Kerikeri Makos (formly Kerikeri Slayers) who pushed last year’s minor premiers Moerewa Tigers all the way in a 40 – 26 defeat.