Taieri’s slide down the leaderboard continued when the Eels lost 28-3 to University.
It has slipped to seventh place in the standings. However, Taieri did deny the competition frontrunner a bonus point.
Harbour smashed Pirates 52-10 with Aleki Morris plundering three tries.
Green Island scored in the dying moments to beat Alhambra-Union 31-24 after trailing by 11 points at halftime, while Southern dealt to Zingari-Richmond 38-5 and moves back into the top four.
Kaikorai upset Dunedin 23-15 through some marvellous defence.
Aleki Morris will be welcome back at Harbour any time he wants after scoring three tries for the Hawks in his last game for the club before he moves to Southland.
Harbour dispatched Pirates at Hancock Park 52-10 – no surprises there except usually the Hawks use their enormous forward pack to grind their opponents down.
Harbour instead opted to spin the ball, particularly in the first half.
It rattled on the points and led 26-0 at the break.
Morris bagged the game’s two opening tries and posted his hat-trick in the second spell.
When the weather closed in, Harbour reverted to type and forwards Ben Whale, Aiden Spence and Sione Misiloi saw plenty of action in the close quarters.
But Morris was the star – the centre stretched the defence whenever he got the ball.
His fend and strength certainly came in handy but it was vision which netted him his third.
He spotted an opportunity and came into first receiver then crashed through the defence.
Pirates had its moments. It actually had the better of the last 15 minutes, scoring two unconverted tries.
It strung some phases together and Pirates winger Clayton Buchanan scored a nice try and was one of the team’s best players.
Lock Chris Morrissey was impressive as well and Hayden Fluery was industrious in the loose.
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