Otago produced an impressive showing as they cut loose against Waikato, beating the Mooloo Men 38-7 at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday.
Otago produced an impressive four-try performance on Sunday as they cut loose against Waikato, defeating the Mooloos 38-7 at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The home side were in front from the third minute when flanker Tom Franklin went over before Waikato fly-half Damian McKenzie responded.
But from then on it was all Otago as a try from centre Teihorangi Walden and the boot of the impressive Hayden Parker sent them in 22-7 up.
After the resumption it was all Otago too as Parker crossed in the 55th minute before Fa'asiu Fuatai's score claimed the bonus-point for the home side.
Waikato will look to respond next week when they host Manawatu while Otago travel to Tasman.
Tries: Franklin, Walden, Parker, Fuatai
Con: Parker 4
Pen: Parker 4
Otago: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Marshall Suckling, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Fa'asiu Fuatai, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Nick Ealey, 8 TJ Ioane, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Lee Allan, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Donald Brighouse, 2 Sam Anderson-Heather, 1 Aki Seiuli.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Michael Mata'afu, 18 Josh Dickson, 19 Hugh Blake, 20 Josh Renton, 21 Peter Breen, 22 Jayden Spence.
Waikato: 15 Wharenui Hawera, 14 Regan Ware, 13 Jordan Payne, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Joe Webber, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (capt), 8 Adam Burn, 7 Zak Hohneck, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Jacob Skeen, 4 Nick Ross, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Harry Jones, 17 James McGougan, 18 David Morgan, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Harrison Levien, 21 Chauncy Edwardson, 22 Shayne Anderson.
Referee: Shane McDermott