SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017
Defending Meads Cup Heartland champions Wanganui made a powerful start to their 2017 campaign when beaten Wairarapa Bush 79-7 in Wanganui on Saturday.
Midfield back Timoci Seruwalu scored three tries for Wanganui while Craig Clare collected 26 points from a try, six conversions and three penalty goals. Dane Whale added four more conversions to give Wanganui a 100 percent conversion rate.
Defending Lochore Cup champions North Otago had a 19-22 loss to Horowhenua Kapiti in Levin.
Heartland results round one:
East Coast 13 (Parekura Lalaga try; Kris Palmer con, 2 pen)
Thames Valley 42 (Hayden Wisnewski, Shaun Hill, Tyrone Keith, Alex Bradley, Jarred Bayliss, Matt Hart tries; Chris Doak 2 con, 2 pen; Jarrod Goodall con)
Horowhenua Kapiti 22 (Kalim Kelemete, Ethan Pollock, James So’oialo tries; So’oialo 2 con, pen)
North Otago 19 (Lisala Halaeva try; Dan Lewis pen; Josh Buchan con, 3 pen)
King Country 6 (Reece MacDonald 2 pen)
West Coast 17 (Penalty try, Todd Struthers, Rowan O’Gorman tries).
Mid Canterbury 34 (Maleli Sau, Jackson Donlan, Seta Koroitmana 2, Jarred Percival tries; Percival 3 con, pen)
Poverty Bay 5 (Siosiua Moala try )
Wanganui 79 (Timoci Seruwalu 3, Lindsay Horrocks, Kaveni Dabenaise, Tremaine Gilbert, Fraser Hammond, Simon Dibben, Angus Middleton, Craig Clare tries; Clare 6 con, 3 pen; Dane Whale 4 con)
Wairarapa Bush 7 (Nikora Ewe try; Tim Priest con)
Buller 27 (James Lash, Scott Neighbours, Blair McIlroy tries; Lash 3 con, 2 pen)
South Canterbury 24 (JP Koen, Kieran Cole, Loni Tounohuni, Bill Logavatu tries; Willie Wright 2 con)