Mid Canterbury provided an early thrill in the Bunnings Heartland Championship when picking off Whanganui 24-17 in Ashburton on Saturday.
Both teams had won their first round games and Whanganui has been a perennially strong side in latter seasons. But scoring four tries to two, the home team stole an early march.
However, neighbour South Canterbury also picked up another high-scoring win in beating Wairarapa Bush 61-17 in Timaru. Kalavini Leagigaga scored three tries and Siu Kakala two in the win while first five-eighths Sam Briggs helped himself to 21 points by scoring a try and landing eight conversions.
Horowhenua Kapiti also remained unbeaten when handing a 25-17 defeat to North Otago in Levin.
Thames Valley is the only other unbeaten side when taking a 35-19 win over East Coast.
East Coast 19 Thames Valley 35
East Coast 19 (Scorers not provided)
Thames Valley 35 (Josh Kaho, Connor McVerry, Tevita Halafihi 2 tries; Todd Doolan 3 con, 3 pen).
Horowhenua Kapiti 25 North Otago 17
Horowhenua Kapiti 25 (Simon Butler, Andrew Knewstubb, Bryn Gordon tries; Jack Tatu-Robertson 2 con, 2 pen)
North Otago 17 (Scorers not provided).
King Country 17 West Coast 34
King Country 17 (Kauri Coffin, Josevata Malimole tries; Liam Wano 2 con, pen)
West Coast 34 (Jarrod Ferguson, Elliot Smith 3, Joseph Scott, Josh Tomlinson tries; Joseph Scott 2 con)
Mid Canterbury 24 Whanganui 17
Mid Canterbury 24 (Tait Chisman, Liam McCormack, Osian Davies, Seta Koroitamana tries; Tom Reekie con; George Williams con)
Whanganui 17 (Kameli Kuruyabaki 2 tries; Craig Clare con; Ethan Robinson pen, con)
Poverty Bay 76 Buller 14
Poverty Bay 76 (Scorers not provided)
Buller 14 (Scorers not provided)
South Canterbury 61 Wairarapa Bush 17
South Canterbury 61 (Kalavini Leagigaga 3, Junior Faavae, Siu Kakala 2, Sam Briggs, Willie Wright, Sainivaiati Ramuwai tries; Briggs 8 con)
Wairarapa Bush 17 (Joe Tako, Henry Wilson, Moomoo Falaniko tries; Falaniko con)