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Champions make winning Heartland start (Scores & Table)

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High scoring marked the first round of the Mitre 10 Heartland championship with defending Meads Cup and Lochore Cup champions, Wanganui and King Country respectively securing wins.

Wanganui swamped the West Coast 74-6 scoring 10 tries, now worth six points under the experimental laws being trialled in the competition this year. All goal kicks are worth two points.

King Country had a much tougher contest in taking an 18-16 win over Wairarapa Bush.

Beaten Meads Cup finalist from last year, South Canterbury snared a two-point 28-26 win over Buller while North Otago went down 32-40 to Mid Canterbury.

Mitre10 Heartland Championship results were:

Mid Canterbury 40 (Jarred Percival 2, Jon Dampney, Brendon Rigden, Timoci Nabakeke, Mike Lynch tries; Percival 2 con).
North Otago 32 (Shay Tucker, Josh Casey, Joe Pickett, Simon Lilicama tries; Carey 4 con)
HT: 16-20

Wanganui 74 (Michael Nabuliwaqe 3, Malakai Volau, Roman Tutauha, Te Rangatira Waitokia 2, Gavin Thornbury, Cole Baldwin, Bryn Hudson; Dane Whale 7 con)
West Coast 6 (Trent Reti try)
HT: 18-6

Poverty Bay 54 (Penalty Try, Isaia Vuki, Everard Reid, Devonte Stuart, Ken Houkamau, Siosiua Moala, Tamati Samuels tries; Vuki 3 con, 2 pen)
NGATI POROU EAST COAST 30 (George Tuala, Todd Doolan, Jayden Milner, Kris Palmer tries; Doolan 2 con, pen).
HT: 32-8

Wairarapa Bush 16 (James Googer, Richard Puddy tries; Tim Priest con, pen)
King Country 18 (Stephan Turner, Sean Wanden tries; Zayn Tipping 2 con, pen)
HT: 8-8

Thames Valley 30 (John Hale, Lance Easton, Norman Solofa, Jonnie Te Ruki-Chambers tries; Te Ruki-Chambers 2 con, pen)
Horowhenua Kapiti 34 (Fa’afoi Ioapo, Ryan Shelford, Andrew Lima, Perry Hayman tries; Hayman 3 con 2 pen)
HT: 16-18

South Canterbury 28 (Raitube Vasurakuta, Max Morris, Viliame Rogavatu, Kieran Coll tries; Zac Southen 2 con)
Buller 26 (Setafano Sauqaqa, David Egelstaff, James Lash tries; Lash 2 con, 2 pen)
HT: 8-14

2016 Mitre 10 Heartland Championship 
Team P W D L PF PA +/- BP1 BP2 Pts
 Wanganui 1 1 0 0 74 6 68 1 0 5
 Poverty Bay 1 1 0 0 54 30 24 1 0 5
 Mid Canterbury 1 1 0 0 40 32 8 1 0 5
 Horowhenua-Kapiti 1 1 0 0 34 30 4 1 0 5
 South Canterbury 1 1 0 0 28 26 2 1 0 5
 King Country 1 1 0 0 18 16 2 0 0 4
 Thames Valley 1 0 0 1 30 34 -4 1 1 2
 North Otago 1 0 0 1 32 40 -8 1 1 2
 Wairarapa Bush 1 0 0 1 16 18 -2 0 1 1
 Buller 1 0 0 1 26 28 -2 0 1 1
 East Coast 1 0 0 1 30 54 -24 1 0 1
 West Coast 1 0 0 1 6 74 -68 0 0 0
*bp1 = for scoring 4 tries (or more).
**bp2 = for losing by 8 points (or fewer).

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