Waikato played with plenty of confidence to beat Counties Manukau 30-8 in their bottom of the table Air New Zealand Cup rugby clash in Pukekohe.
Counties started well, buoyed by their shock win over Taranaki last week.
But Stephen Donald crossed for the visitors not long before half-time, taking Waikato to the break 13-8 up, and they never looked back.
Callum Bruce and Dwayne Sweeney dotted down for the visitors, but they couldn't clinch a bonus-point try.
So Waikato take four points from the win, putting them ninth above Northland on the Cup table.