The Ngatangiia Matavera Dragons were unable to defend their home field advantage to the Arorangi Cowboys, going down 10-14 in a close fought match.
Patella Tou, the Cowboys inside centre, proved to be the difference, crossing the line twice, each converted by fullback Steven Willis.
Ngatangiia locals will feel a bit hard done by, as their team were very competitive throughout the game, but not enough to overcome the opponent’s dominant forward pack.
Takuvaine fans, on the other hand, would have been ecstatic over the performance of their home team Reds, as they dealt to the visiting Titikaveka Bulls to claim a dominant 28-12 win.
The Reds were dominant from the opening, scoring 15 unanswered points in the opening 40 minutes.
Although the Bulls earned some respectability by putting points on the board, Takuvaine played a tactical game, playing territory and taking the points when they had the opportunity.
Fullback Viiga Ruepena and loose forward Mana Havi should be particularly proud with their contributions to the winning team, while Bulls halfback James Tofilau was one that can hold his head high.
The Bond Store game of the week at Avatiu Field lived up to its billing, as a dominant Tupapa fought off a late charging Avatiu Nikao Eels to claim a 23-18 win.
The home side will be disappointed with the result, as their early dominance did not result in points, as penalty kicks were missed from prime locations.
The loose kicking and shaky handling from the Eels was blood in water for the Panthers, as they claimed two easy tries from the Eels mistakes.
Fullback Rangi Piri in particular stood out, as he was safe under the high ball and was devastating on the counter. He also provided the assist for the first try.
The second round of the competition resumes on August 5.