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Mid Canterbury remain unbeaten


Mid Canterbury gained a jump on the field with a 25-17 win over King Country in Ashburton on Saturday.

With closest rivals North Otago and Poverty Bay suffering losses, it left Wairarapa Bush and Wanganui at the head of the chasing bunch.

Mid Canterbury are on 13 points after three games while Wanganui moved to second with a thumping 40-10 away win over North Otago, the previous second-placed side. Conditions were so windy in Oamaru that all of Wanganui’s 40 points came from tries.

Wairarapa Bush travelled to Westport and beat the home team 14-13 in a thriller. Sadly for Buller stalwart Phil Beveridge he wasn’t able to celebrate his 150th game for the Union with a win.

Other sides to claim big wins were Thames Valley, who beat East Coast 50-13 while Horowhenua Kapiti beat Poverty Bay 54-26. Horowhenua Kapiti Brandyn Laursen had a great day scoring 29 points, equalling JPM Hamilton’s record set against the West Coast in 2010.

Heartland Results for Week 3 were:

Thames Valley 50 (Tyrone Keith 3, Nemani Talmaitoga 2, Chance Bunce, Lance Easton, Shayne Jonson tries; Jonnie Te Ruki 5 con)
East Coast 13 (Hone Haerewa try; Richard Apanui 2 pen)
HT: 26-6

Buller 13 (Setefano Sauqaqa try; Hagen Schulte con, 2 pen)
Wairarapa Bush 14 (Kody Thompson, Nick Olson tries; Tim Priest 2 con)
HT: 13-0

South Canterbury 40 (Nick Strahan, Paul Fifita, Maile Iongi, Theo Davidson, Nick Annear, Erenimo Tau tries; Jason Merrett 2 con, Jared Trevathan 3 con)
West Coast 24 (Josh Costello, Hugo Torres, Jarrod Ferguson tries; Nik Cumming 3 con, pen)
HT: 19-17

North Otago 10 (Filipo Veamatahau try; Ben Palmer 2 con )
Wanganui 40 (Samu Kabunavanua 2, Poasa Waqanibau, Sam Madams, Areta Lama, Michael Nabuliwaqe, Viki Tofa, Stephen Perofeta tries)
HT: 3-25

Mid Canterbury 25 (Ewan Scott, Fa’aitu Tuamoheloa, Maikeli Mudu tries; Ewen Scott 2 con, 2 pen)
King Country 17 (Iliesa Tavuyara, James Hemara tries; Hemara con; Zayn Tipping con, pen)
HT: 13-3

Horowhenua Kapiti 54 (Luke Harvey 2, Dave Thompson 2, Teariki Peneha, Brandyn Laursen tries; Laursen 6 con, 4 pen)
Poverty Bay 26 (Carl Riini, Tamati Samuels, Leigh Bristowe, Hunter Mokomoko tries; Kahu Tamatea 3 con)
HT: 30-7




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