Devonport Bulls continued their quest for Tasmanian Rugby success with a sound 29-0 win over Launceston's AMC Vikings at the Don Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Home coach Derik Joubert was satisfied with the result, acknowledging a competitive performance from the AMC forward pack.
The Bulls led 12-0 at the break but managed a further three tries in the second half to post a critical bonus point.
Devonport overcame two yellow cards and conceded penalties for going off their feet in the rucks, but their overall performance provided plenty of encouragement, given the planned return of missing backs in weeks to come.
Forward Sam O'Keefe displayed versatility in the centres for Devonport, with Shaun Puke and Bertie Loubser also having strong games.
Vikings coach Danny James stressed the scoreline didn't reflect the closeness of the forward tussle and was pleased with the efforts of scrum-half Manu Fauausu and forwards Alf Goode and Tom Scarfe.
Poor availability of players through illness and personal commitments, together with an inability to train combined for the perfect storm as Launceston Bees were overwhelmed by Harlequins 71-3 at Rugby Park.
Quins took some time to overcome their own demons but after leading 26-3 at the break managed a point per minute in the second period.
Perry Chancellor and Gus Cosgrove never gave up for the Bees.
''The whole experience was not enjoyable. The alternative might have been to forfeit, but you can't do that,'' said Bees skipper Nic Sotiriou.
Harlequins Fale Atileo, Sunia Maafu and Dave Woulleman were irrepressible as the ladder leaders built momentum.
Taroona Penguins were too strong for University, scoring 10 tries in winning 60-15, Eastern Suburbs Roosters beat Hobart Lions 29-28 at Warrane and Burnie Emus failed to follow last week's form, conceding 50-0 to Glenorchy Stags.