The Takahiwai Warriors thumped the struggling Moerewa Tigers 88 – 8 to go top of the RLN Multikai Cooker Premiership. The Tigers, who 12 months earlier had a record 9 game winning streak and the way to being minor premiership, have only managed one win out of 6 games in 2014. The wheels haven’t quite fallen off but they are certainly struggling against a well-drilled hungry Takahiwai team, who moved to first place in the Premiership sitting on 10 points.
Hokianga Pioneers move back into the top two with a solid 30 – 16 win over the in-form Portland Panthers. The Pioneers join the Hikurangi Stags on joint second place on 8 points, as the Stags were beaten by the Otangarei Knights 40 – 26. The Knights should be considered serious contenders, who have now won three matches in a row.
The Kerikeri Makos are still yet to register their first win in two years after they lost to the Muriwhenua Kuaka 24 – 16. While the Northern Wairoa Bulls join Portland and Otangarei Knights on 6 points with a convincing 38 – 24 win over the Horahora Broncos.