Biddy Kates Central and Crafar Crouch Waitohi will play off for round-one honours at Lansdowne Park this weekend after retaining their unbeaten records in the Marlborough premier club rugby competition with bonus-point victories on Saturday afternoon.
At Awarua Park in Spring Creek, competition leaders Central picked up maximum points for the fourth time in as many matches as they dispatched third-placed Moutere 38-14. The victory came on the back of a 28-0 first half when they capitalised on a strong breeze and ill-discipline from the Magpies to score four converted tries.
As expected, Waitohi proved too strong for Awatere in Picton, securing a 36-3 win. Waitohi had an 19-point advantage at the break and although the Tussock Jumpers put in a much improved all-round effort, the home team eventually secured their bonus point when loosie Vernon Fredericks dotted down twice in the final five minutes.
Elsewhere, BNZ Partners Harlequins got their first victory of the season when they