Northland's long wait for a Mitre 10 Cup victory goes on after they were beaten 33-23 by Tasman at Trafalgar Park on Friday.
Not since 2014 have Northland celebrated a Mitre 10 Cup win and the elusive triumph did not come in Nelson, where Tasman stayed in contention for a semi-final berth by outscoring the Championship side by three tries to two.
Tevita Koloamatangi and Quinten Strange touched down as Tasman opened up a 20-0 lead in the first half and Shannon Frizzell got in on the act by going over following the interval.
Northland made a game of it, with Matt Matich and Kara Pryor dotting down and Dan Hawkins scoring 13 points with the boot, but Marty Banks landed four penalties and three conversions as Tasman claimed a third win of the season.
Returning prop Reggie Goodes scored two tries, while Peter Umaga-Jensen, Wes Goosen and Reggie Goodes went over in a 24-10 victory for Wellington over Bay of Plenty at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington sit second in the Championship after they proved to be potent in attack and resolute in defence, Terrence Hepetema coming up with Bay of Plenty's solitary try in the second half.