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Mid Canterbury looking for three straight Meads Cups

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midcant14Mid Canterbury will look to cement their reputation as the kings of the Pink Batts Heartland Championship, if they lift the Meads Cup this season it will be the third straight year the union has lifted the trophy.

The proud union defended the Cup, named after All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads, for the second straight year by beating Buller 36-13 in Westport to close off the 2014 Heartland season.

They will open their 2015 campaign in Ashburton taking on neighbouring rivals South Canterbury.

Last campaign it looks as if Buller, unbeaten during round robin play, would be good enough to win the trophy but the men from Mid Canterbury maintained their strong finish to the competition to claim the win.

Coach Glenn Moore, who is now with the Blues, said the win was a reflection of the work the players had put in since he was asked back to coach the side last year.

“It was right up there,” he said.

“In your career there are a lot of special moments but this was special as a result of what happened last year when the boys buttoned down and focused on winning.

“We were seventh in the middle stages of the competition and had to win four with bonus points but the boys showed their character to come through,” he said.

They had done some analysis of the Buller side and identified areas in behind their backline that might be worth probing.

“We saw that if we executed things well we could get in behind them. We kicked through and scored twice so we got our tactics right,” he said.

A central part of the team’s success was their fitness and that was a desire to be the fittest team in the competition.

“We’re not the biggest team and we try to move our opponents around. Fitness, skill and tactics have been the key components for us,” he said.

2006/2014 Heartland Record – Played 85; Won 55; Drew 1; Lost 29
Points For 2096 ; Points Against 1651
2006/2014 Heartland Home Record – Played 44; Won 33; Lost 11
Points For 1208 ; Points Against 801
2006/2014 Heartland Away Record – Played 41; Won 22; Drew 1; Lost 18
Points For 888 ; Points Against 850
date Home
Away
Ground Comp.
19 Aug.06 W East Coast 7
25 Mid Cant. Ruatoria Heartland
26 Aug.06 L Mid Cant. 16
28 Nth.Otago Ashburton Heartland
2 Sept.06 L West Coast 24
9 Mid Cant. Greymouth Heartland
9 Sept.06 W Buller 19
23 Mid Cant. Westport Heartland
16 Sept.06 L Mid Cant. 19
20 Wai-Bush Ashburton Heartland
23 Sept.06 L Wanganui 46 8 Mid Cant. Wanganui Meads Cup
30 Sept.06 W Mid Cant. 36 29 Horo-Kapiti Ashburton Meads Cup
7 Oct.06 W Sth Cant. 5 19 Mid Cant. Timaru Meads Cup
14 Oct.06 L Wanganui 30 17 Mid Cant. Wanganui S/F Meads
18 Aug.07 L Mid Cant. 7 13 Thames.V Ashburton Heartland
25 Aug.07 L King.Ctry 22 14 Mid Cant. Te Kuiti Heartland
1 Sept.07 W Mid Cant. 42 20 Horo-Kapiti Ashburton Heartland
8 Sept.07 W Mid Cant. 23 12 West Coast Ashburton Heartland
15 Sept.07 W Wai-Bush 25 36 Mid Cant. Masterton Heartland
22 Sept.07 W Mid Cant. 21 19 Wanganui Ashburton Meads Cup
29 Sept.07 W Mid Cant. 45 18 Buller Ashburton Meads Cup
6 Oct. 07 W Nth Otago 22 25 Mid Cant. Oamaru Meads Cup
13 Oct.07 L Mid Cant. 0 18 Wanganui Ashburton S/F Meads
23 Aug.08 W Mid Cant. 49 20 Thames.V Ashburton Heartland
30 Aug.08 W Pov Bay 13 26 Mid Cant. Gisborne Heartland
6 Sept.08 W Mid Cant. 32 17 King Ctry Ashburton Heartland
13 Sept.08 W Mid Cant. 52 0 East Coast Ashburton Heartland
20 Sept.08 L Wanganui 43 12 Mid Cant. Wanganui Heartland
27 Sept.08 W Mid Cant. 7 5 West Coast Ashburton Heartland
4 Oct.08 W Nth Otago 11 15 Mid Cant. Oamaru Heartland
11 Oct.08 W Mid Cant. 32 17 Buller Ashburton Heartland
18 Oct.08 W Mid Cant. 38 24 Nth Otago Ashburton S/F Meads
25 Oct.08 L Wanganui 27 12 Mid Cant. Wanganui Final.Meads
29 Aug.09 W Mid Cant. 26 24 Thames.V Ashburton Heartland
5 Sept.09 W Sth Cant. 13 16 Mid Cant. Timaru Heartland
12 Sept.09 L Mid Cant. 19 24 Pov Bay Ashburton Heartland
19 Sept.09 W King.Ctry 12 24 Mid Cant. Te Kuiti Heartland
26 Sept.09 W Mid Cant. 30 21 Nth Otago Ashburton Meads Cup
3 Oct.09 W Horo-Kapiti 19 34 Mid Cant. Levin Meads Cup
10 Oct.09 W Mid Cant. 23 14 Wanganui Ashburton Meads Cup
17 Oct.09 W Wai-Bush 6 24 Mid Cant. Masterton Meads Cup
24 Oct.09 W Mid Cant. 19 17 Sth Cant. Ashburton S/F Meads
31 Oct.09 L Mid Cant. 13 34 Wanganui Ch-church Final Meads
28 Aug.10 L Mid Cant. 20 25 Pov Bay Ashburton Heartland
4 Sept.10 W Wai-Bush 17 30 Mid Cant. Masterton Heartland
11 Sept.10 W Mid Cant. 29 14 Nth Otago Ashburton Heartland
18 Sept.10 W Buller 12 32 Mid Cant. Westport Heartland
25 Sept.10 W Mid Cant. 39 17 East Coast Ashburton Heartland
2 Oct.10 W Mid Cant. 29 9 Thames V Ashburton Heartland
9 Oct.10 L Mid Cant. 13 15 Sth Cant. Ashburton Heartland
16 Oct.10 L Wanganui 29 3 Mid Cant. Wanganui Heartland
23 Oct.10 L Nth Otago 40 24 Mid Cant. Oamaru S/F Meads
6 Aug.11 L East Coast 15 13 Mid Cant. Ruatoria Heartland
13 Aug.11 W Mid Cant. 16 12 Wai-Bush Methven Heartland
20 Aug.11 L Pov Bay 8 6 Mid Cant. Gisborne Heartland
27 Aug.11 W Wanganui 23 26 Mid Cant. Wanganui Heartland
3 Sept.11 W Mid Cant. 37 12 King Ctry Methven Heartland
10 Sept.11 W Mid Cant. 34 22 Sth Cant. Ashburton Heartland
17 Sept.11 W Mid Cant. 30 27 Buller Ashburton Heartland
24 Sept.11 L Nth Otago 24 18 Mid Cant. Oamaru Heartland
1 Oct.11 L Wanganui 32 22 Mid Cant. Wanganui S/F Meads
25 Aug.12 L Mid Cant. 23 24 Wanganui Ashburton Heartland
1 Sept.12 L Thames.V 31 17 Mid Cant. Paeroa Heartland
8 Sept.12 W Mid Cant. 7 3 Nth Otago Ashburton Heartland
15 Sept.12 L Mid Cant. 13 20 East Coast Ashburton Heartland
22 Sept.12 L Wai-Bush 31 6 Mid Cant. Masterton Heartland
29 Sept.12 W West Coast 24 29 Mid Cant. Greymouth Heartland
6 Oct.12 W Mid Cant. 48 12 Horo-Kapiti Ashburton Heartland
13 Oct.12 L Sth Cant. 17 15 Mid Cant. Timaru Heartland
20 Oct.12 L Sth Cant. 48 20 Mid Cant. Timaru S/F Lochore
24 Aug.13 W Mid Cant. 31 12 Pov Bay Ashburton Heartland
31 Aug.13 W Horo-Kapiti 9 13 Mid Cant. Levin Heartland
7 Sept.13 W Mid Cant. 29 23 Wai-Bush Ashburton Heartland
14 Sept.13 L Nth Otago 19 18 Mid Cant. Oamaru Heartland
21 Sept.13 W Mid Cant. 34 27 Sth Cant. Ashburton Heartland
28 Sept.13 W King.Ctry 17 32 Mid Cant. Taupo Heartland
5 Oct.13 W Mid Cant. 44 11 Thames.V Ashburton Heartland
12 Oct.13 W Buller 13 31 Mid Cant. Westport Heartland
19 Oct.13 W Mid Cant. 28 25 West Coast Ashburton S/F Meads
26 Oct.13 W Mid Cant. 26 20 Nth Otago Ashburton Final Meads
23 Aug.14 W Mid Cant. 52 27 West Coast Ashburton Heartland
30 Aug.14 D Wai-Bush 23 23 Mid.Cant. Masterton Heartland
6 Sept.14 L Thames.V 20 15 Mid Cant. Paeroa Heartland
13 Sept.14 W Mid Cant. 30 14 Wanganui Ashburton Heartland
20 Sept.14 L Mid Cant. 19 29 Buller Ashburton Heartland
.27.Sept.14 W East Coast 12 67 Mid Cant. Ruatoria Heartland
4 Oct.14 W Mid Cant. 28 7 Nth Otago Ashburton Heartland
11 Oct.14 W Sth Cant. 7 24 Mid Cant. Timaru Heartland
18 Oct.14 W Pov Bay 22 29 Mid Cant. Gisborne S/F Meads
25 Oct.14 W Buller 13 36 Mid Cant. Westport Final.Meads

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