Scrum-half Brad Weber scored a brace as Waikato thumped Auckland 42-24 in Hamilton on Saturday, running in six tries.
It took Waikato only half an hour to rack up a try bonus-point as they romped home past Auckland.
In a tale of two kickers, Trent Renata was perfect off the tee for the home side whilst Piri Weepu wasted a total of 10 possible points.
Waikato's bright start though was ultimately too much for Auckland to pull back, as the home side lead 28-12 at the interval.
Weber, the scrum-half on-loan from Otago, was the pick of the bunch amongst the try scorers as he grabbed a double.
There was some solace for Auckland who sealed a try bonus-point of their own, second row Liaki Moli crashing over for the fourth score.
Tries: Grice, Weber 2, Wharewera, Masirewa, Renata
Cons: Renata 6
Tries: Parkes, Tuipulotu, Aso, Moli
Cons: Weepu 2
Waikato: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Tim Mikkelson, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Jackson Willison (c), 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Adam Burn, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Rory Grice, 5 Sam Kilgour, 4 Brian Alainu'uese, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Vance Elliott, 17 Latu Talakai, 18 Chris Middleton, 19 Jono Armstrong, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Sam Christie, 22 Dylan Collier.
Auckland: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 George Moala, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Hadleigh Parkes (c), 11 Saleaula Silipa, 10 Orene Ai'i, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Sean Polwart, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Gafatasi Su'a, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jack Whetton, 19 David Whitecliffe, 20 Wayne Ngaluafe, 21 Vince Aso, 22 Tenina Sauileoge.
Referee: Chris Pollock