Last updated 14:13, May 8 2016
Randwick overcome scare to beat Porirua, while Wainuiomata trounce Petone
The Porirua Vikings went close to causing the upset of the Wellington rugby league season before being overwhelmed by the Randwick Kingfishers.
The Vikings went into the game at Ascot Part on Saturday in last place and having lost their last two games by a combined 160 points to four, but found themselves up 24-12 at halftime against the fourth-placed Randwick.
But a predictable big second half by Randwick, against a Porirua team without any substitutes, allowed the Kingfishers to come through and win by 54-30 in the round seven clash.
The final score suggested complete Kingfishers dominance, but for the first half at least the Vikings were the ones leading the charge.
Porirua hooker Tere Akavi led the way with a fine try as well as kicking five goals over from the five tries scored by the maroons on the Bernie Wood Sports Turf.
The second half strongly contrasted the first, as the tiring Vikings were finally put to the sword as the Kingfishers prop Chance Tauri and fullback Lincoln Timoteo swooped in to collect two tries each.
The Wainuiomata Lions had few difficulties in beating the Petone Panthers 54-18 at McEwen Park, after leading 30-12 at halftime.
The home side started well to keep Wainuiomata to an even 12-12 score, but after losing Hamo Taloz to a suspected broken leg and having the game moved to the number two field, the Panthers lost their early momentum.
Wainuiomata loose forward Dominic Bartels used his strength to muscle in three tries, while being supported well by his hard working prop Frank Patea.
Out east at Te Whiti Park, the St George Dragons were also displaying their underdog status to a fine degree before going down 22-12 to the Te Aroha Eels.
After conceding a very early try from a play that appeared to come off an unforced error, the Dragons had further bad luck by being held up three times over the line, in a game that failed to flow due to a high penalty count.
Te Aroha standoff Mohi Aupouri showed again superb balance and stepping to go in for a hat-trick, while out wide the 18-year-old Joey Owen made a promising debut on the wing.
St George second row Jesse Moafonua and prop Jesiah Foua were the Dragons' standouts.
The fourth match was a total mismatch as the Victoria University Hunters went from sixth to fifth on the premier table as a result of a 96-4 demolition over the Upper Hutt Tigers at Whakatiki Street.
After conceding a try inside the first four minutes, the Hunters snapped back emphatically to go into halftime with a huge 50-4 lead, before carrying on the same way in the second spell.
After being set up by some superb play by their pivots Satch Pryor and Jamal Tamaiva, University centres Danya Mauga and Psalms Heemi took advantage of the weak defence out wide to score four and three tries respectively.
University prop Junior Filo and second row Jeremy McKee also stamped their mark on the game with some made big runs down the middle that left the Tigers clutching at thin air in a disappointing effort that was simply substandard.