In the first game of the second part of split Round 10 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition, Central had first use of Saturday's storm wind and led Wellington 18-6 at the break at Palmerston North, but the visitors kept the Falcons scoreless in the second half and ground out a 20-18 win.
Wellington 20 - Central Falcons 18.
North Harbour turned a 10-8 halftime deficit into a 48-16 win as the Glenora Bears fell apart on their home ground, despite wind advantage in the second spell.
The Tigers played tough up the middle and were smart from Carlos Mataora at halfback (two tries) to wing Guy MacPherson (three tries).
North Harbour Tigers 48 - Glenora Bears 16.
The previously undefeated Hibiscus Coast Raiders went down to a very determined Eastern Tornadoes on Saturday afternoon.
"We had an off day but they caused it. They dominated in the forwards, their offloading was smart and the way they put their outside backs away was sweet." said coach Tony Benson.
The Raiders had several players on the injury list but the talent in the squad meant that was no excuse. The Tornadoes played extremely well at Ericsson Number 2 ground, and are well placed on the table at this stage of the competition.
Round 10 - July 5th - 6th:
Wellington 20 - Central 18 Eastern 45 - Hibiscus Coast 14 North Harbour 48 - Glenora 16
Mt Albert Lions 32 - Marist Richmond Brothers 28 Canterbury Bulls 36 - Manurewa Marlins 30 Otahuhu Leopards 30 - Taranaki Wildcats 14Like