Tudor Wests rebounded from a first round thumping while South United made it two from two with contrasting Tamworth men's first grade wins on Sunday.
Tudors edged out Kiwis 4-3 after Souths had accounted for defending premiers, and fellow first round victors, Workies 5-2.
Souths coach Sam Clifton and Nick O'Connor both bagged doubles in what was a more clinical performance, especially in the circle.
"The first couple of rounds are always going to be a bit hit and miss," Clifton said.
"I thought we took our chances well when we got in the circle."
He said it was pretty tight going into the second half and the game could have gone either way.
"We were able to gather a bit of momentum and managed to put away a couple of opportunities which put a gap on them," he said.
He thought they were "a bit all over the shop" in the first half with their structure but held their structure "pretty well" in the second half.
Workies were missing first game stars Isaac Farmilo and Ehren Hazell.
"Those two players are in the top 40 in the state so they're going to make a big difference," Clifton said.
"Without those guys they are still a pretty handy team.
"But we've got to win those games when they're out."
After losing three of their best players, Clifton couldn't be happier with how they have started the season.
"We're already going better than we thought we would," he said.
"Losing three of our best players we thought the first round would be difficult."
One of the most pleasing things has been O'Connor's form.
He thought his two quick goals were what won the game for them.
"I think he scored two goals last week too," he said.
"He's grown a year older and is just playing a bit stronger."
Luke Maher was also good in the midfield.
Tudors captain Brett Lobsey said it was good to turn things around after being hammered 10-2 by Workies, and get a win on the board.
One of the differences he felt was that they were a bit more relaxed.
"We got the first game jitters out of the way and got our heads back in the game," he said.
That translated to a better allround team performance.
"It was a more controlled performance. There was a lot better communication and lack of errors," Lobsey said.
"We didn't get flustered and completed our attacking raids and worked as a team."
However he never really felt comfortable, knowing how quickly a game can change.
"You can put two goals in in two minutes," he said.
Oliver McGill struck a double, his second sealing the win for Tudors. Noah Pitt and Sam Holt also found the back of the net.
Lobsey thought Andrew Millman had a good game for them at fullback while Jake Sheppeard was solid taking on a bit of a different role in the middle.
Kiwis captain Josh Worpel lamented missed opportunities and some sloppy defence.
"We were too soft in defence," he said.
"We were marking too loose and were too slow to come out of the back."
Still, they had their chances - more than the three goals they scored.
FIRST GRADE RESULTS
South United 5 (Sam Clifton 2, Nick O'Connor 2, Jarrod McCluand gls) d Workies 2 (Andrew Farmilo, Nick Chaffey gls).
Tudor Wests 4 (Oliver McGill 2, Noah Pitt, Sam Holt gls) d Kiwi Diggers 3 (Josh Worpel,Ryan Constable, Craig Unger gls).