Pressure for top four places in the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship hotted up on Saturday when Mid Canterbury eased back into the top four.
That was largely due to Wairarapa Bush, who had been fourth, losing to Buller 24-26 courtesy of a last minute penalty goal landed by James Lash. With a try to go with his four goals he moved to 98 points for the season.
Mid Canterbury’s 76-22 away win over East Coast assured them of maximum points from their game.
King Country and North Otago dropped off the pace when playing out a 4-4 penalty draw leaving them on 18 and 17 points respectively in sixth and seventh places.
Wanganui remain the pace setter after their 60-14 win over Thames Valley with Te Rangatira Waitokia adding his 10th try of the season to remain on top of the individual try scoring list in the competition.
West Coast 28 (Chad Kingi-Ternant, Amenatave Tukana, Regan Stanton, Troy Tauwhare tries; Nik Cumming 2 con)
Poverty Bay 62 (Jody Allen 3, Isaia Vuki, Murray Hewson, Ratu Daurua 2, Kieran Short tries; Vuki 7 con). HT: 28-16
East Coast 22 (Caleb Lewis, Tavita Ahoafi, Long Fisiihoi tries; Sam Parkes 2 con)
Mid Canterbury 76 (Jarred Percival, Maleli Sau 2, Jordan Stewart 3, Mike Lynch, Andrew Letham, Seta Koroitamana, Timoci Nabakeke tries; Percival 5 con; Leatham 3 con). HT: 6-38
South Canterbury 36 (Zac Southen, Leatigaga Vini 2, John Dyer, Miles Medlicott tries; Southen 2 con; Willie Wright con)
Horowhenua Kapiti 24 (Ryan Shelford, Aaron Lahmert, Scott Cameron tries; Warwick Lahmert 2 con, pen). HT: 16-16
Wairarapa Bush 24 (Sam Gammie, Cameron Hayton 2 tries; Tim Priest 2 con; Andy Humberstone pen).
Buller 26 (Phil Beveridge, Setefano Sauqaqa, James Lash tries; Lash 3 con, pen)
King Country 4 (Zayn Tipping 2 pen)
North Otago 4 (Tyrone Davies 2 pen). HT: 2-2.
Wanganui 60 (Jamie Hughes 2, Te Rangatira Waitokia, Kameli Kuruyabaki 2, Tremaine Gilbert, Gavin Thornbury, Michael Nabuliwaqe tries; Dane Whale 5 con; Te Tau Kemp con)
Thames Valley 14 (Hayden Wishnewski, Haere Renata tries; Beau Hamilton con). HT: 52-8.