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Tight race in Heartland Championship

Halfway through the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship the race is on for top four places with four sides holding a share of fourth place, with two teams one point behind.

Wanganui with a 30-12 win over Mid Canterbury and King Country, who beat Thames Valley 37-29 share the lead on 19 points while South Canterbury gave themselves a boost in the points for and against columns by dishing out a 100-7 loss for East Coast, in Timaru.

Wairarapa Bush, Thames Valley, Horowhenua Kapiti ,Mid Canterbury and West Coast all have 12 points while North Otago has 11.

It was a record win for South Canterbury, their highest score previously being a 94-7 win over North Otago in 1994.

Continuing the record-breaking theme for the day, Wairarapa Bush player Soli Malatai who not only is “21″ today he also became the first player from his union to post five tries, surpassing the record of four tries held by G Karaitiana (1985 v Hawke’s Bay), M Foster (1987 v Horowhenua) and C Sullivan (1995 v Mid Canterbury).

Scorers from Round Four of the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship:

Thames Valley 29 (Kieran Lee, Glen McIntyre, Ethan Seymour, Sam McCahon tries; Reece Broughton 3 con, pen)
King Country 37 (Joe Perawiti, Ratu Vosaki, Chulain Mabbett-Sowerby, Tana Tuakaraina, Tim Hounsell tries; Evaan Reihana 3 con, 2 pen)
HT: 17-17

Wanganui 30 (Michael Tafili, Keveni Debinase, Dylan Gallien, Craig Clare tries; Clare 2 con, 2 pen)
Mid Canterbury 12 (Tom Hanham-Carter, Brian Maroamusha tries; Andrew Letham con). HT: 20-7

North Otago 24 (Simon Lilicama, Hemaua Samasoni, Josh Buchan tries; Buchan 3 con, pen)
Horowhenua Kapiti 27 (Dylan Taylor, Kalim Kelemete, Timoci Serewalu tries; James So’oialo 3 con, 2 pen)
HT: 17-14

Wairarapa Bush 61 (Soli Malatai 5, Inia Katia, Mike Lealeva’a, Glen Walters, Nick Olson tries; Walters 8 con)
Buller 29 (Marris, Parata, Aperahama, Ravudra and Saukuru. Wells 2 conversions ) .

West Coast 31 (Steve Soper 2, Oliver Dimmick, Sean McClue, Nik Cumming tries; Tom Reekie 3 con)
Poverty Bay 30 (Andrew Tauatevalu 2, Andrew Petelo, TePeehi Fairlie tries; Kelvin Smith 2 con, pen; Tauatevalu pen)
HT: 14-19

South Canterbury 100 (Nick Strachan 3, Brad Tunnicliffe 3, Setefano Sauqaqa 2, Henry Scott 2, Loni Toumohuni, Willie Wright, Solomone Lavaka, Kalafini Leatigaga, Kieran Coll, Zac Saunders tries; Wright 6 con; Theo Davidson 4 con)
East Coast 7 (Sam Parkes try; Ngarangi Haerewa con)

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