You are not permitted to download, save or email this image. Visit image gallery to purchase the image.
The Cowboys bounced back after last week's loss. Kia Toa ran rampant over the South Pacific Raiders, and the Cooks got up in a tight tussle against He Tauaa.
The Cowboys felt they had plenty to prove after last week's loss against Kia Toa and it showed right from kick-off.
The Cowboys were clinical on attack and University struggled to contain the dominant Cowboys forward pack.
The Cowboys took a particular liking to their fringes as winger Tamati Harris scored a hat trick.
Tuki Hiko led the charge on defence, putting in some good shots, and the Cowboys forwards followed suit, paving the way for their outside backs.
Daniel Low controlled the ruck well and had plenty of quality runs out from dummy-half, providing the Cowboys with good momentum.
Low went on to score a hat trick as well, and veteran Josh Gough capped off a remarkable comeback for the Cowboys, scoring a double in his first game back.
University's efforts did not go unnoticed as Tyson Ball played with a stomach bug and Matt Burgess combined well with Roy Haffener to put in strong performances for the students. However, the Cowboys were too strong and came back well after last week to take the 74-4 win.
The Kia Toa Tigers continued their run at the top of the table with a 54-12 win over the South Pacific Raiders. Shane Unahi caused problems for the Raiders right side and was a powerhouse, giving the Tigers plenty of momentum.
Unahi went on to score yet another hat trick, adding to his large tally of tries for the season. The Tigers went into halftime leading 28-6 and the stop in play did not hold them back. Loose forward, Camrin Brown had some strong runs for the Raiders and got away some impressive offloads. But the Tigers showed why they are leading the competition, not giving the Raiders much opportunity with the ball.
The Tigers are still sitting two points clear at the top and will be feeling good moving into the business end of the season.
The final game of the round took place in Invercargill between the Cooks and He Tauaa. Both teams had chances to take the game but the Cooks managed to hold on and win 22-14. That moved it ahead of University into forth spot, just two points behind He Tauaa.
- Liam O'Brien