A trip to face the Phoenix in Taupo is never an easy one, but the Ngongotaha Chiefs have come away with a valuable 28-22 win.

Ngongotaha coach Paul Nahu said his side were missing some key players for the Bay of Plenty/Coastline Premier match, played yesterday, but those who filled in for them stepped up well.

"[The team played] very well in parts, I think defensively they were good and the effort was great.

"We had a lot of guys out yesterday and the guys who filled in did a really good job. The depth has been challenged, to have everyone on song at the one time would be fantastic. We haven't done that yet," Nahu said.

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He said Taupo were "very good" and the wet conditions served as an equaliser.

"They were very testing and I thought they played well. It was one of those games where you were limited with what you could do and it was a game that could've gone either way. We were probably lucky to get the win, but we'll take it, that's for sure.

"[In wet weather] it's all about playing smart, playing in the right areas and being disciplined - the same key things as any game really."

The standouts for Ngongotaha were captain Luke Taylor and prop Dennis Phillips.

"Luke played loose forward, which was a positional change for him, but he was outstanding and led the way. He was involved in everything, he did a lot of hit-ups, a lot of defending and his general presence was very good.

"We were down on props and Dennis played the full 80 minutes. He never faltered, he was fantastic."

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This weekend Ngongotaha travel to Otumoetai who earned a hard fought 6-4 win over this season's frontrunners Mangakino at the weekend.

"We've set some goals this season and we're on track for those so far. It will be a big game this weekend," he said.

Meanwhile, Pikiao, who beat Taupo the previous week for their first win of the season, sat out the bye.

Bay of Plenty/Coastline Rugby League results
Premier
Otumoetai 6 Mangakino 4
Pacific 38 Papamoa 16
Ngongotaha 28 Taupo 22
Pikiao Bye

Reserve
Tauhara 26 Otumoetai 16
Pacific 38 Papamoa 8
Taneatua 22 Taupo 6
Pikiao 44 Putauaki 8