Buller extended their lead in the Pink Batts Heartland Competition when beating Horowhenau Kapiti 19-12 in Westport on Saturday.
Buller have 27 points, five more than Poverty Bay who beat King Country 35-29 in Gisbonre while South Canterbury, in spite of a 19-22 loss to North Otago sit in third place on 21 points.
Scores from Round Six were:
West Coast 23 (Regan Stanton, Andrew Connors tries; Tim Priest 2 con, 3 pen) bt Wanganui 17 (Josh Hamilton, Andrew Evans tries; Ace Malo 2 con, pen)
Wairarapa Bush 20 (Ben Aoina, Sam Monaghan tries; Aoina 2 con, 2 pen) bt Thames Valley 18 (Brent Ranga, Blake Hill, Reuben Leask tries; David Harrison pen).
East Coast 12 (Kareti Palmer 2 tries; Kris Palmer con) lost to Mid Canterbury 67 (Peni Manumanuniliwa 2, Brenton Connell, Murray Williams, Andrew Smith, Nete Caucau, Willie McGoon, Jon Dampney, Davie Maw, Matt Thatcher tries; Williams 7 con, 1 pen)
Poverty Bay 35 (Brynn Uriarau 2, Sam Parkes, TK Moeke, Rico Gear tries; Clayton Kiwara 5 con) bt King Country 29 (Joe Perawiti, Rob Sherson tries; Whakataki Cunninghan 2 con, 5 pen)
North Otago 22 (Teina Sauileoge, Sale Pi’i, Don Lolo tries; Ben Palmer 2 con, pen) bt South Canterbury 19 (Telusa Latu, Sam Vea, Nick Strachan tries; Jared Trevathan 2 con)
Buller 19 (James Lash, Tai Ratu tries; Lash 3 pen) bt Horowhenua Kapiti 12 (Scott Cameron, Lennon Carrington tries; Perry Haymen pen)
Provisional table :