Kalolo Tuiloma showed exceptional strength and footwork to score a stunning hat-trick as Counties Manukau beat Waikato 35-26 in Pukekohe tonight.
What is more impressive is the 140kg Tuiloma notched the opening three tries of the game in just 16 minutes.
Waikato secured a late bonus point when replacement first-five eighth Jason Roberston scored on debut.
With the win, Counties hit the top of the table but can be overtaken before the end of the round.
Counties Manukau 35 (Kalolo Tuiloma 3, Gafatasi Su'a, Sione Fifita tries; Piers Francis 2 cons, 2 pens) Waikato 26 (Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara, Brad Tucker, Steven Misa, Jason Robertson tries; Sam Christie 2, Robertson cons). HT: 22-5.