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Heartland Championship – Week Five Preview

newfb2015rugby-data-transparent-200x60We look at Week Five of the 2015 Heartland Championship and Mid Canterbury are still the only un-beaten side in the 2015 Heartland Championship as their defence of the Meads Cup for the third consecutive year gains momentum .

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Current Standings

We highlight this week our Match of the Round , as Horowhenua-Kapiti versus North Otago , in one of the rarer matches in the current Heartland Championship format these two sides have only met 4 times in the past 10 years with North Otago being dominant with a 100% winning record over the 4 matches played. But the importance of this match is that we see 4th (Horo-Kapiti) vs 5th (Nth Otago) on the ladder and a win in Levin for either side would solidify their position for Meads Cup Play-offs.

Horowhenua-Kapiti have been scoring freely this season and they must be looking towards a first ever victory over the Old Golds , the closest they have got was at their last meeting in 2013 when they succumbed 22-27 in Oamaru otherwise North Otago have had convincing wins in 2011 , 2008 and 2006.

A win without Bonus points would see Horowhenua-Kapiti climb to 17pts (18pts with Bonus Try) and North Otago would go to 16pts (17pts with Try Bonus) and with a rough cut-off of at least 26 points to make the Meads Cup with 3 matches after this and a possible 15 points still available the winner would be as they say in the “box seat” for a Championship Semi-Final.

With a loss and they risk falling pack into the pack with Wairarapa-Bush , Thames Valley , King Country and Poverty Bay behind them the pressure will be on those sides as they all have away matches this weekend. Which in itself makes for an intriguing round of matches. If Buller and West Coast pick up home victories then will have a table with 3 rounds to go that would have several teams still in contention for the coveted Meads Cup Semi Finals.

Mid Canterbury , Wanganui and South Canterbury can basically lock in the first three spots if they can defend their home field advantages this weekend while East Coast though the first team out of the finals race this season showed major improvement after some disappointing results in the first three weeks they bounced back to the style we know they can produced last weekj against Horowhenua-Kapiti only to lose their way in the final 5 minutes letting Horo-Kapiti use their “get out of jail card” .

Heartland matches played between Horowhenua-Kapiti and North Otago 2006/2013
12-Oct-13 North Otago 27 22 Horowhenua-Kapiti
3-Sep-11 Horowhenua-Kapiti 15 61 North Otago
23-Aug-08 North Otago 32 11 Horowhenua-Kapiti
7-Oct-06 Horowhenua-Kapiti 25 59 North Otago

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Week Five
19-Sep West Coast 10th v 6th Wairarapa Bush Greymouth 1.30pm
19-Sep Buller  11th v 9th Poverty Bay Westport 2.30pm
19-Sep Horowhenua Kapiti 4th v 5th North Otago Levin 2.30pm
19-Sep Mid Canterbury 1st v 12th Ngāti Porou East Coast Ashburton 2.30pm
19-Sep South Canterbury 3rd v 7th Thames Valley Timaru 2.30pm
19-Sep Wanganui 2nd v 8th King Country Wanganui 2.30pm

10yearsClick here to view the Pink Batts Heartland Championship 2015 draw.

Current NZ TAB Odds to win the Meads Cup + (starting price on the 22nd August 2014)
1 Mid Canterbury $3.00 (4.50)
2 North Otago $10.00 (5.00)
3 Wanganui $3.00 (5.00)
4 Buller $21.00 (8.00)
5 South Canterbury $5.00 (5.50)
6 Poverty Bay $21.00 (10.00)
7 Horowhenua Kapiti $15.00 (10.00)
8 Wairarapa Bush $10.00 (12.00)
9 West Coast $26.00 (17.00)
10 Thames Valley $21.00 (21.00)
11 King Country $26.00 (31.00)
12 Ngāti Porou East Coast $251.00 (81.00)

We begin our Match Breakdowns with West Coast hosting Wairarapa-Bush with a look firstly at the stats from the Heartland Championship where they have met seven times with a 4 – 3 win advantage to Wairarapa Bush , but these two (three) have actually met on 22 occasion since 1934 with 3 matches against the “Bush Union” and 2 matches versus the “Wairarapa Union” before the amalgamation of Bush and Wairarapa in 1971. An interesting stat from these meetings were in 1961 when West Coast traveled north to play them seeing the Coasters win 17-3 in Masterton then 4 days later they met Bush in Eketahuna to record the only Draw 14-14.

This trip was the final time they played Wairarapa as an individual union and they then met Bush one more time in 1964 when they (Bush) traveled to Greymouth , with West Coast being triumphant  11- 08. The next meeting was not until 1972 when West Coast traveled north once again to play the newly formed Wairarapa-Bush Union and the only time they had played in Pahiatua saw a victory to the hosts 25-04.

Overall Stats West Coast Overall Stats Wairarapa Bush
 westcoast  waibush
Games Played 7 Games Played 7
*Games Won 3 *Games Won 4
*Games Lost 4 *Games Lost 3
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 3 *Longest.Winning.Streak 2
*Longest Losing Streak 2 *Longest Losing Streak 3
*Largest Points For 37 *Largest Points For 46
*Largest Points Against 46 *Largest Points Against 37
*Largest.Winning.Margin 6 *Largest.Winning.Margin 46
*Largest Losing Margin -46 *Largest Losing Margin -6
*Total Points For 123 *Total Points For 192
*Avg Points For 17.57 *Avg Points For 27.43
*Total Points Against 192 *Total Points Against 123
*Avg Points Against 27.43 *Avg Points Against 17.57
*Total Points Difference -69 *Total Points Difference 69
*Avg Points Difference -9.86 *Avg Points Difference 9.86
* = By West Coast * = By Wairarapa Bush
All matches played between West Coast and Wairarapa Bush 1934 – 2013
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Overall Stats Buller Overall Stats Poverty Bay
 buller  povbay2
Games Played 8 Games Played 8
*Games Won 4 *Games Won 4
*Games Lost 4 *Games Lost 4
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 2 *Longest.Winning.Streak 2
*Longest Losing Streak 2 *Longest Losing Streak 2
*Largest Points For 42 *Largest Points For 36
*Largest Points Against 36 *Largest Points Against 42
*Largest.Winning.Margin 20 *Largest.Winning.Margin 26
*Largest Losing Margin -26 *Largest Losing Margin -20
*Total Points For 184 *Total Points For 189
*Avg Points For 23.00 *Avg Points For 23.63
*Total Points Against 189 *Total Points Against 184
*Avg Points Against 23.63 *Avg Points Against 23.00
*Total Points Difference -5 *Total Points Difference 5
*Avg Points Difference -0.63 *Avg Points Difference 0.63
* = By Buller * = By Poverty Bay
Heartland matches played between Buller and Poverty Bay 2006 / 2013
5-Oct-13 Poverty Bay 21 34 Buller
20-Oct-12 Buller 42 22 Poverty Bay
1-Oct-11 Buller 30 32 Poverty Bay
6-Aug-11 Buller 18 14 Poverty Bay
25-Sep-10 Poverty Bay 21 13 Buller
8-Sep-07 Poverty Bay 13 15 Buller
14-Oct-06 Poverty Bay 36 10 Buller
30-Sep-06 Buller 22 30 Poverty Bay
Overall Stats Horowhenua-Kapiti Overall Stats North Otago
 horokap  nthotag
Games Played 4 Games Played 4
*Games Won 0 *Games Won 4
*Games Lost 4 *Games Lost 0
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 0 *Longest.Winning.Streak 4
*Longest Losing Streak 4 *Longest Losing Streak 0
*Largest Points For 25 *Largest Points For 61
*Largest Points Against 61 *Largest Points Against 25
*Largest.Winning.Margin 0 *Largest.Winning.Margin 46
*Largest Losing Margin -46 *Largest Losing Margin 0
*Total Points For 73 *Total Points For 179
*Avg Points For 18.25 *Avg Points For 44.75
*Total Points Against 179 *Total Points Against 73
*Avg Points Against 44.75 *Avg Points Against 18.25
*Total Points Difference -106 *Total Points Difference 106
*Avg Points Difference -26.50 *Avg Points Difference 26.50
* = By Horowhenua-Kapiti * = By North Otago
Heartland matches played between Horowhenua-Kapiti and North Otago 2006/2013
12-Oct-13 North Otago 27 22 Horowhenua-Kapiti
3-Sep-11 Horowhenua-Kapiti 15 61 North Otago
23-Aug-08 North Otago 32 11 Horowhenua-Kapiti
7-Oct-06 Horowhenua-Kapiti 25 59 North Otago
Overall Stats Mid Canterbury Overall Stats Ngāti Porou East Coast
 midcant  eastcoast1
Games Played 6 Games Played 6
*Games Won 4 *Games Won 2
*Games Lost 2 *Games Lost 4
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 3 *Longest.Winning.Streak 2
*Longest Losing Streak 2 *Longest Losing Streak 3
*Largest Points For 67 *Largest Points For 20
*Largest Points Against 20 *Largest Points Against 67
*Largest.Winning.Margin 55 *Largest.Winning.Margin 7
*Largest Losing Margin -7 *Largest Losing Margin -55
*Total Points For 209 *Total Points For 71
*Avg Points For 34.83 *Avg Points For 11.83
*Total Points Against 71 *Total Points Against 209
*Avg Points Against 11.83 *Avg Points Against 34.83
*Total Points Difference 138 *Total Points Difference -138
*Avg Points Difference 23.00 *Avg Points Difference -23.00
* = By Mid Canterbury * = By Ngāti Porou East Coast
Heartland matches played between Mid Canterbury and Ngāti Porou East Coast 2006/2014
27-Sep-14 Ngāti Porou East Coast 12 67 Mid Canterbury
15-Sep-12 Mid Canterbury 13 20 Ngāti Porou East Coast
6-Aug-11 Ngāti Porou East Coast 15 13 Mid Canterbury
25-Sep-10 Mid Canterbury 39 17 Ngāti Porou East Coast
13-Sep-08 Mid Canterbury 52 0 Ngāti Porou East Coast
19-Aug-06 Ngāti Porou East Coast 7 25 Mid Canterbury
Overall Stats South Canterbury Overall Stats Thames Valley
 sthcant  thames
Games Played 10 Games Played 10
*Games Won 9 *Games Won 1
*Games Lost 1 *Games Lost 9
Games Drawn 0 Games Drawn 0
*Longest.Winning.Streak 8 *Longest.Winning.Streak 1
*Longest Losing Streak 1 *Longest Losing Streak 8
*Largest Points For 42 *Largest Points For 37
*Largest Points Against 37 *Largest Points Against 42
*Largest.Winning.Margin 10 *Largest.Winning.Margin 4
*Largest Losing Margin -4 *Largest Losing Margin -10
*Total Points For 254 *Total Points For 210
*Avg Points For 25.40 *Avg Points For 21.00
*Total Points Against 210 *Total Points Against 254
*Avg Points Against 21.00 *Avg Points Against 25.40
*Total Points Difference 44 *Total Points Difference -44
*Avg Points Difference 4.40 *Avg Points Difference -4.40
* = By South Canterbury * = By Thames Valley
Heartland matches played between South Canterbury and Thames Valley 2006/2013
19-Oct-13 South Canterbury 14 8 Thames Valley
24-Aug-13 Thames Valley 21 17 South Canterbury
8-Sep-12 South Canterbury 42 37 Thames Valley
1-Oct-11 South Canterbury 30 27 Thames Valley
24-Sep-11 Thames Valley 28 37 South Canterbury
4-Sep-10 South Canterbury 13 9 Thames Valley
12-Sep-09 Thames Valley 18 20 South Canterbury
11-Oct-08 South Canterbury 37 27 Thames Valley
22-Sep-07 Thames Valley 22 28 South Canterbury
2-Sep-06 South Canterbury 16 13 Thames Valley
Overall Stats Wanganui Overall Stats King Country
 wanganui1  kingctry
Games Played 9 Games Played 9
*Games Won 6 *Games Won 2
*Games Lost 2 *Games Lost 6
Games Drawn 1 Games Drawn 1
*Longest.Winning.Streak 5 *Longest.Winning.Streak 2
*Longest Losing Streak 2 *Longest Losing Streak 5
*Largest Points For 52 *Largest Points For 30
*Largest Points Against 30 *Largest Points Against 52
*Largest.Winning.Margin 31 *Largest.Winning.Margin 1
*Largest Losing Margin -1 *Largest Losing Margin -31
*Total Points For 312 *Total Points For 166
*Avg Points For 34.67 *Avg Points For 18.44
*Total Points Against 166 *Total Points Against 312
*Avg Points Against 18.44 *Avg Points Against 34.67
*Total Points Difference 146 *Total Points Difference -146
*Avg Points Difference 16.22 *Avg Points Difference -16.22
* = By Wanganui * = By King Country
Heartland matches played between Wanganui and King Country 2006/2014
18-Oct-14 King Country 6 37 Wanganui
11-Oct-14 King Country 30 29 Wanganui
24-Aug-13 Wanganui 16 17 King Country
13-Oct-12 King Country 19 22 Wanganui
6-Aug-11 Wanganui 50 19 King Country
18-Sep-10 King Country 22 52 Wanganui
13-Sep-08 King Country 19 47 Wanganui
29-Sep-07 King Country 11 36 Wanganui
26-Aug-06 King Country 23 23 Wanganui

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