Silverdale 30 Northcote 18
East Coast Bays 17 North Shore 12
Marist 34 Glenfield 31
Takapuna 25 Kumeu 5
Massey 57 Mahurangi 0
Despite being decimated by injuries, Silverdale remain the only unbeaten team after three rounds with a 30-18 victory over Northcote, knocking the visitors off their top perch. Silverdale built on a 17-11 halftime lead on Good Friday, with tries to Chris Ofanoa, Steven Hick and Vinnie Cann complemented by 15 points from the boot of David McMurtrie, who also controlled play well from No 10. Chad Raynes made an encouraging debut on the wing. Silverdale's forward pack led the way and was aided and abetted by some staunch backline defence. For Northcote, Peter Hurst had an industrious game on the left wing, as did openside flanker Ryan Thompson.
In the other Good Friday fixture, East Coast Bays beat North Shore 17-12 for their second win of the season and ensured Shore would remain winless. Lewis Gjaltema was among the two Bays' tryscorers.
Massey put the cleaners through Mahurangi to the tune of 57-0, with triples to North Harbour No 8 Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a and Junior Telea.
Shane Neville scored a brace for Takapuna in their hard-earned 25-5 over Kumeu after leading 13-0 at the break. Jon Elrick had an off-day with the boot, but the prolific No 10 is entitled to one after more than 2100 points for the club.
It was appropriate that Marist won their first game of the year on Easter Weekend, a strong second spell display and solid structure carrying them to a 34-31 victory over Glenfield. Fourteen points from Robbie McIntosh's boot went nicely with four tries for Marist. Glenfield coach and double centurion Jeremy Hikuroa brought himself on with just one minute to play and promptly scored a try which gave the visitors two bonus points.
SOURCE: Campbell Burnes - NZ HERALD.