Horowhenua Kapiti’s first five-eighths James So’oialo booted five penalty goals to help his side to a 15-8 win over Wanganui in Mitre 10 Heartland Championship game in Levin on Saturday.
The win maintained Horowhenua Kapiti’s hold on second place in the competition, three points behind South Canterbury who had a 29-20 win over Wairarapa Bush in Timaru. South Canterbury should be able to claim top qualifying berth for the Meads Cup as they play East Coast in Ruatoria next week
Buller are in third place after a 40-32 win over Mid Canterbury in Ashburton. Buller had to come back from 13-29 at half-time with first five-eighths James Lash scoring a try and kicking four conversions and four penalty goals to pass his century for the season and end the game on 124 points.
Buller and Horowhenua Kapiti will be a key game of next week’s round, in Westport.
North Otago hold fourth place after their 57-14 win over East Coast in Oamaru.
Round Seven scores were:
Mid Canterbury 32 (Maleli Seu 3, Angus Lindsay tries; Jarred Percival 3 con, pen; Jason Kjestrup pen)
Buller 40 (James Lash, David Egelstaff, Iliesa Ravudra 2 tries; Lash 4 con, 4 pen)
West Coast 24 (Nik Cumming, Amenatave Tukana, Brad Tauwhare, David Crouchley tries; Cumming 2 con)
Thames Valley 17 (Tyrone Keith, Penalty try, tries; Chris Doak con; Jarrod Goodall pen)
Horowhenua Kapiti 15 (James So’oialo 5 pen)
Wanganui 8 (Jona Sawailau try; Nick Harding pen)
South Canterbury 29 (Sireli Buliruarua, Willie Wright 2, Vitali Tora, Brad Hemopo tries; Wright 2 con)
Wairarapa Bush 20 (Epeli Rayaqayaqa, Piri Weepu tries; Tim Priest 2 con, 2 pen). HT: 12-17
North Otago 57 (Matthew Vocea 2, Josh Buckham 2, Connor Newlands, Don Lolo, Jared Whitburn, Inoke Naufahu, Dan Lewis tries; Buchan 6 con)
East Coast 14 (Peehi Fairlie, Epeli Lotawa tries; Kris Palmer 2 con)
Poverty Bay 43 (Andrew Tauatevalu, Sione Ngatu, Siosiua Moala, Kelvin Smith, James Grogan, Penalty try tries; Tauatevalu 4 con, pen)
King Country 29 (Carl Carmichael, Jesse Williams, Dean Church 2 tries; Reece Macdonald 3 con, pen)