You are here
Home > Heartland Championship > King Country makes powerful start to Heartland

King Country makes powerful start to Heartland

King Country hit the ground running in the opening round of the 2018 Heartland competition on Saturday when posting a 75-17 win over East Coast at Rugby Park in Te Kuiti.

First five-eighths Declan Barnett and three-quarter Dean Church both crossed for three tries, while Evans Reihana had a big day with his boot landing seven conversions and two penalty goals which when added to his try gave him 25 points.

Last season’s Meads Cup winners Wanganui scored a key early win when beating South Canterbury 21-10 while Lochore Cup champions Mid Canterbury beat Horowhenua Kapiti 30-24 in Foxton.

Poverty Bay also picked up a four-try bonus point in beating Wairarapa Bush 27-22

Heartland scores from Week One:

Wanganui 21 (Gabe Hakaria, Simon Dibben tries; Craig Clare con, 3 pen)
South Canterbury 10 (Garret Casey try; Theo Davidson con; Willie Wright pen)

King Country 75 (Declan Barnett 3, Dean Church 3 , Sam Warden, Shilo Cullen, Alex Thrupp, Evans Reihana, Ratu Vosaki tries; Reihana 7 con, 2 pen)
East Coast 17 (Jack Richardson , Hakararangi Tichborne 2 tries; Ngarangi Harewa con)

Poverty Bay 27 (Kelvin Smith, Te Peehi Fairlie 2, Andrew Petelo tries; Ethine Reeves 2 con, pen)
Wairarapa Bush 22 (T Flutey, N Hohepa, G Walters tries; Walters 2 con, pen)

Thames Valley 25 (Shaun Hill, Sam McCahon, Kerrin Lee tries; Reece Broughton 2 con, 2 pen)
West Coast 27 ( Maleli Mudu, Pete Te Rakau, Regan Stanton, Amenatave Tukana ,Tom Reekie 1pen, 2xConvs )
– HT 22-08 TV

North Otago 30 (Ralph Darling, Simon Lilicama, Pita Sinanoni tries; Josh Buckham 3 con, 3 pen)
Buller 24 (Robbie Malneek 2, Iliesa Ravudra, Jack Best tries; James Lash 2 con)

Horowhenua Kapiti 24 (James So’oialo, Himiona Henare, Willie Paia’aua, Michael Fermanis tries; So’oialo 2 con)
Mid Canterbury 30 ( Brian Matormusha, Isireli, Masiwini, Timoci Nabakeke, Eric Duff tries; Jarred Percival 2 con, 2 pen). HT: 7-27

Similar Articles