Southland bagged their first win of 2012 after beating Hawke's Bay 35-7 in Invercargill on Sunday.
After holding a slender 9-7 lead at the break, Southland rallied in the second half to score four converted tries.
Hawke's Bay have now lost four matches this season and seem destined for relegation.
Tries: Mackintosh, Rutledge, Cornforth, Bates
Cons: Eade, McKenzie 2
Pens: Eade 3
For Hawke's Bay: