The season's first trophy holder was officially confirmed on Saturday as McCarthy's Transport Ruapehu will take home the Paul Mitchell Cup following an undefeated round of Tasman Tanning Premier games.

However, Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau were gutted they let a golden opportunity to lift the Grand Hotel Challenge Shield slip through their fingers after getting rocked in the opening quarter at the Country Club, before coming back in the 31-28 loss.

Up 21-0 in about 18 minutes, with a costly Kaierau lineout mistake leading one of the three tries, Ruapehu were dominant around the set-piece and maintaining pressure.
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