Rotoiti are on a roll as they move up to third in Baywide Premier 1 with their first back-to-back wins in the competition.

They beat Greerton Marist 49-27 on Saturday in round five of the competition, having led 28-10 at halftime.

They slid over for a total of seven tries with four Logan Henry conversions and two penalties.

Rotoiti coach Dave McLean said a quick offload and improved discipline were the key to their bonus points win.


"All the players dug deep and the forwards and backs went above and beyond what I thought they could perform," he said.

"Discipline was added which has been lacking over the last couple of games and we put excellent pressure on Greerton forcing them into mistakes and turning the ball over.

"Also I was impressed we still went for it in the second half. We didn't take our foot of the gas, stayed consistent and controlled the ball."

Standout performances included front rower Abe Tito, captain Zac Hohneck, and kicker Henry.

Elsewhere in Premier 1 there were two incredibly close fixtures with second placed Rangataua clinching a 31-30 away victory against Tauranga Sports and fifth-placed Te Puke Sports narrowly beat bottom-of-the-table Whakatane Marist.

Whilst top of the table Mount Maunganui Sports had a hard-fought 36-22 home victory over Te Puna. Meanwhile, in Premier 2 Ngongotaha moved off the bottom of the table after beating close rivals Marist St Michael's 39-5 at home.

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Ngongotaha notched up a 39-5 victory over Marist St Michael's. Photo / Stephen Parker
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The hosts led 17-5 at halftime and Ngongotaha's first win in the division saw them leapfrog their opponents in the table.

Ngongotaha club captain Roger Whakaue was "delighted with the result" and said it was a much-improved performance.

"We haven't quite got the results we've deserved recently so everyone was very eager to perform," he said.

"The derby brought out the best in everyone and we cut down on crucial errors."

Marist St Michael's coach Mike Lewis said his side's structure fell apart in the second half.

"We started off well and controlled the ball nicely," he said.

"But then our formation fell flat after the break and Ngongotaha got on a roll."

Top-of-the-table Whakarewarewa had their fifth solid win in a row, beating Opotiki 32-22 away while sixth-placed Waikite lost 24-42 at home to third-placed Arataki.

Baywide Premier 1:
Rotoiti 49 Greerton Marist 27
Whakatane Marist 22 Te Puke 25
Tauranga Sports 30 Rangataua 31
Te Puna 22 Mount Maunganui 36

Baywide Premier 2:
Ngongotaha 39 Marist St Michael's 5
Waikite 24 Arataki 42
Opotiki 22 Whakarewarewa 32
Paroa 32 Poroporo 8

Baywide Division One:
Judea 48 Kahukura Maharaia Winiata 10
Ruatoki 29 Papamoa 22
Rangiuru 29 Katikati 24
Edgecumbe 3 Te Teko 27

Baywide Premier 1 Points:
Mount Maunganui Sports 23, Rangataua 18, Rotoiti 16, Tauranga Sports 15, Te Puke Sports 12, Te Puna 10, Greerton Marist 5, Whakatane Marist 5

Baywide Premier 2 Points:
Whakarewarewa 24, Paroa 23, Arataki 15, Poroporo 11, Opotiki 10, Waikite 7, Ngongotaha 7, Marist St Michael's 4