THE TOP 4 with one week to go
Front runner Mid Canterbury suffered a 43-47 loss to Horowhenua Kapiti at Ashburton in round seven of the Pink Batts Heartland Championship on Saturday.
The win, and that by Wairarapa Bush over East Coast 45-3, has resulted in an interesting scenario heading into the last round of play next weekend.
Both Horowhenua Kapiti, who play Buller at home, and Wairarapa Bush who have Wanganui at home, are on 22 points, a share of fourth place in the competition though due to their earlier victory over Horowhenua Wairarapa Bush hold the 4th place outright on point differential.
South Canterbury, who thrashed North Otago 58-21 in Timaru have moved to the lead with Wanganui, after their 55-23 win over Poverty Bay are now second with Mid Canterbury in third place.
A feature of the round was two players, Horowhenua Kapiti’s Teegan Minkley and Buller’s Setefano Sauqaqa, scoring four tries for their sides.
Heartland results, week seven:
West Coast 22 (Isei Lawaqui 2, Jason Wright tries; Nik Cumming 2 con, pen)
King Country 36 (Iliesa Tavuyara, penalty try, Rob Sherson, Steve Te Moananui, Matt Rix tries; Zayn Tipping 4 con, pen)
Mid Canterbury 43 (Eric Duff 2, Nete Caucau, Adam Ross, Tevita Ula, Seta Koroitamana tries; Andrew Letham 5 con, pen)
Horowhenua Kapiti 47 (Teegan Minkley 4, Aaron Lahmert, Jack Taulapapa tries; Brandyn Laursen 4 con, 3 pen)
East Coast 5 (Sam Parkes try)
Wairarapa Bush 45 (Matt Kawana, Andrew Makalio, So’otala Fa’aso’o, Paul Tikomainavalu, Viliami Hala, Tipene Haira tries; Tim Priest 3 con, 3 pen)
Sth Canterbury 58 (Sione Vea 2, Erenimo Tay, Miles Medlicott, Theo Davidson, Nick Strahan, Jarrad Matthews, Sione Tauelangi tries; Jared Trevathan 4 con, 2 pen; Jason Merrett 2 con)
North Otago 21 (Aleki Morris, Sam Sturgess, Rob Mafile’o tries; Jason Forrest 3 con)
Wanganui 55 (Stephen Perofeta 3, Michael Nabuliwaqe, Viki Tofa, Samu Kubunavanua 2 tries; Trinity Spooner-Neera 6 con, 2 pen; Stephen Perofeta con)
Poverty Bay 23 (Leigh Bristowe, Carl Riini, Kerehama Barrett tries; Ethine Reeves con, 2 pen)
Buller 25 (Setefano Sauqaqa 4, Logan Mundy tries )
Thames Valley 17 (Shayne Johnson, Moss Doran tries; David Harrison 2 con; Jonnie Te Ruki pen)