Dunedin reaffirmed its champion status, taking control of a competitive but under-strength University A in the final quarter.
University supporters were treated to an encouraging start by their team, with the students enjoying a wealth of territory and leaping out to a 6-0 lead in as many minutes.
But Dunedin began to claw its way back into the game through the mobility of loose forwards Gareth Evans, Hugh Blake and Hame Toma. Evans and Blake both scored out wide to help Dunedin to a 17-15 halftime lead.
University stayed in the game through the boot of first five-eighth Sam Ellis, who kicked six penalties and a conversion.
Only in the final quarter did Dunedin really show its teeth. Its tight five laid the platform for a flurry of tries to Nick Peacock, Will Henry, Sam Anderson-Heather and Toma, inflating the scoreline in what was a tough contest for both sides.
The Dunedin forward pack proved demanding throughout, but there was some outstanding defensive work from University, especially in the back three, where Sam Aitken was a leading light.
The University pack competed well against its vaunted opponent, with props Angus Williams and Barnaby Weir laying the platform for a scrum that held its own, and worked tirelessly in support play.
Dunedin 48 (Gareth Evans, Hugh Blake, Nick Peacock, Will Henry, Sam Anderson-Heather, Hame Toma tries; Greg Dyer 6 con, 2 pen), University A 25 (Jack Wolfrey try; Sam Ellis con, 6 pen). Halftime: Dunedin 17-15.