Waikato are third on the ITM Cup ladder after a big win on Friday night.
The red, yellow and blacks, scored five tries to two, thumping Otago 41-15 at Waikato Stadium.
First five-eighth Donald scored two of the tries within two minutes of each other in the final quarter and totalled 23 points with a flawless goal-kicking display.
Having jumped two places last week, Donald last night passed Bruce Reihana to become the fifth highest scorer for Waikato.
This time the Waikato forwards were equally flawless in what has been a troubled area for the Mooloo men – the lineouts – and demolished Otago at scrum time.
Again it was not a perfect display from Waikato. They found themselves under pressure in the middle of the first 40 minutes and let in two tries in the first seven minutes of the second spell. And there were times when they gave away possession after some stunning work to get it and build phases.
But in the last two weeks they have rediscovered their try-scoring ability which bodes well for the final two matches of the round robin against Manawatu next Thursday and Canterbury back in Hamilton the following week.
‘‘I thought there were some pretty outstanding bits of play in there,’’ Waikato head coach Chris Gibbes said.
‘‘I think it is probably epitomised by the impact the bench made and the whole team.
‘‘It was tough going there for a little while in that first half and we didn’t quite seem to get out of our own territory [for a while] but I thought the boys ground that out and fought their way through it pretty well, so overall I’m pretty happy,’’ he said.
WELCOME BACK: Mils Mulianina scores a try on his return to Waikato colours.