McCarthy's Transport Ruapehu maintained their unbeaten Tasman Tanning Premier record despite a second half comeback from Waverley Harvesting Border in Ohakune, winning 27-15 on Saturday.

In the rematch of last year's thrilling semifinal, it seemed like favourites Ruapehu were initially too strong for the current Border lineup, scoring a converted try in the first few minutes, before fullback Mitchell Millar traded penalty goals with Border's Craig Clare, returning to play against the club he helped win two titles, for 10-3.

Ruapehu were dominating territory and in showed on the scoreboard, as standout flanker Jamie Hughes and the first-five/halfback combination of