The Auckland Vulcans moved into the New South Wales Cups top eight with their 28-6 win over the Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve in south-western Sydney on Saturday.
After a dour, error-ridden first half had left the teams locked up at 6-6, the Vulcans assumed control on the back of a vastly improved completion rate by scoring 22 answered points.
With Vodafone Warriors prop Suaia Matagi scoring close to halftime, the Vulcans scored 28 points on the run in all after conceding their only points of the game in the eighth minute.
Loose forward Murray Iti scored his sides first two tries of the second half before standoff Carlos Tuimavave snared a double to finish the scoring, Vodafone Warriors team-mate Harry Siejka converting three of the four second half tries.
The win came at a cost with Vodafone Warriors Sio Siua Taukeiaho facing some time out of action with a broken leg (fibula). Further assessment over the next few days will determine how long he will be sidelined for.
The Vulcans second win of the season lifted the inside the top eight.
At Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Mounties 6 (Mark Nicholls try; Mitch Cornish conversion).
Auckland Vulcans 28 (Murray Iti 2, Carlos Tuimavave 2, Suaia Matagi tries; Harry Siejka 4 conversions).
Referee: Chris Sutton.
Vulcans: Glen Fisiiahi; Viliami Lolohea, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Jerome Ropati, Atelea Nafetalai; Carlos Tuimavave, Harry Siejka; Nathaniel Peteru, Siliva Havili, Suaia Matagi; John Palavi, Steve Rapira; Murray Iti. Interchange: Zoram Watene, Daniel Palavi, Agnatius Paasi, Patrick Sipley.