Competition at the top of the Mitre 10 Cup Heartland Championship has closed up with four sides with a point of each other.
FULL REPLAY – MID CANTERBURY vs SOUTH CANTERBURY @ Ashburton Showgrounds, Ashburton 09/09/2017
Defending Meads Cup champions Wanganui share first place on 13 points with Horowhenua Kapiti while Buller and South Canterbury are one point behind.
West Coast is back in fifth place on nine points.
Wanganui beat Poverty Bay 25-14 on Saturday while Horowhenua Kapiti had a close contest before beating Thames Valley 13-10.
Still to register points are East Coast and Poverty Bay.
Heartland Results, Week 3
Buller 33 (Anthony Ellis, James Lash, Iliesa Ravudra; Lash 3 con, 3 pen, dropped goal)
North Otago 31 (Ralph Darling, Josh Buchan, Junior Fakatoufifita, Antini Brown tries; Buchan 4 con, pen)
East Coast 19 (Pera Bishop, Sailosi Vatubua, Kareti Palmer tries; Kris Palmer 2 con)
West Coast 32 (Lawrence Babe, Nik Cumming 2, Steven Soper, Tom Reekie tries; Reekie 2 con, dropped goal)
Horowhenua Kapiti 13 (Kalim Kelemete try; James So’oialo con, 2 pen)
Thames Valley 10 (George Lelenoa try; Chris Doak con, pen)
King Country 32 (Alex Thrupp, Dean Church 2, Penalty try tries; Reece MacDonald 2 con, 2 pen)
Wairarapa Bush 25 (Sam Monaghan 2, Epeli Rayaqayaqa tries; Tim Priest 2 con, 2 pen)
Mid Canterbury 16 (Maleli Sau, Eric Duff tries; Jarred Percival 2 pen)
South Canterbury 31 (Brad Hemopo 2, Nick Strachan, Kalavini Leatigaga, Vatiliai Tora tries; Willie Wright 3 con)
Wanganui 25 (Craig Clare, Gabriel Hakaraia, Jona Sawailau tries; Clare 2 con, 2 pen)
Poverty Bay 14 (Andrew Tauatevalu, Jake Holmes tries; Tauatevalu con; Isaia Vuki con)