Waikato full-back Trent Renata kicked five penalties to help steer his team to a dour 15-6 ITM Cup win over Bay of Plenty in Hamilton on Tuesday.
The try-less victory was an important one for the Mooloos, who halted a two-match losing streak and pick up four valuable points to remain fourth on the standings - six points of the bottom-placed Steamers.
Bay of Plenty pivot Nick McCashin kicked two penalties for the visitors, however three relatively easy missed attempts didn't help his team's cause.
With the scores locked at 6-6 at half-time, Renata's three second-half penalties - the last in the 72nd minute - extinguished the Bay's hopes.
Pens: Renata 5
For Bay of Plenty:
Pens: McCashin 2
Waikato: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Declan O'Donnell, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Sam Christie, 11 Joe Webber, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Zak Hohneck, 6 Matt Vant Leven, 5 Sam Kilgour, 4 Chris Middleton, 3 Ben May, 2 Marcel Cummings-Toone, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Vance Elliott, 17 Ted Tauroa, 18 Anthony wise, 19 Jono Armstrong, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Joe Perawiti, 22 Tim Mikkelson.
Bay of Plenty: 15 Kendrick Lynn, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Mafi Kefu, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Lance MacDonald, 10 Nick McCashin, 9 Josh Hall, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Tanerau Latimer (c), 5 Leon Power, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Daniel Perrin, 1 Tristan Moran.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris/John Pareanga, 17 Mike Kainga, 18 Dan Goodwin, 19 Jesse Acton, 20 Lewis Hancock, 21 Simon Rolleston, 22 Jack Wilson.