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Mid Canterbury benefit from West Coast losing points

Top qualifier Wanganui will host Thames Valley in the Meads Cup semifinals in the Mitre 10 Heartland competition next weekend while top qualifier Horowhenua Kapiti will host Mid Canterbury in the Lochore Cup.
The final placings for the Lochore Cup were affected by West Coast losing six competition points due to an eligibility breach to slip back to 16 points, allowing Mid Canterbury to step up into the semifinals.

Wanganui beat Horowhenua Kapiti 57-27 in the final round robin games on Saturday.

In the other Meads Cup semifinal South Canterbury, who beat Thames Valley 33-24 in Timaru will play King Country who had a 31-29 win over Mid Canterbury in Ashburton on Saturday.

North Otago beat Wairarapa Bush 24-0 and by failing to score a bonus point try they ended up having to return to Masterton for the second Lochore Cup semifinal.

Heartland Round eight results were:

West Coast 62 (Regan Stanton 4, Sean McClure 2, Brad Tauwhare, Steve Soper, Tom Reekie, Maleli Mudu tries; Reekie 3 con; Oliver Dimmick 3 con)
East Coast 26 (Epeli Lotawa 2, Morris Siliko, Trent Profitt tries; Ngarangi Haerewa 3 con)
HT: 31-21

Wairarapa Bush 00
North Otago 24 (Paul Tupai, Junior Fakataufifita, Hemaua Samisoni tries; Josh Buchan 3 con, pen)

Wanganui 57 (Angus Middleton, Viki Tofa, Tyler Roger-Holden 2, Campbell Hart, Lindsay Horrocks, Kaveni Dabenaise, Kameli Kuruyabaki, Ethan Robinson tries; Craig Clare 5 con; Dane Whale con)
Horowhenua Kapiti 27 (T Seruwalu, S MacGregor, H Henara, S Cameron tries; James So’oialo 2 con, pen)

South Canterbury 33 (Rico Syme, Veikoso Poloniati, Zac Sunders, Miles Medlicott, Setefano Sauqaqa tries; Willie Wright 4 con)
Thames Valley 24 (Brett Ranga, Christian Kelleher, Kieran Lee, Harry Lafituanai tries; Reece Broughton 2 con)

Poverty Bay 27 (Te Peehi Fairlie, Tori Bosnia, Andrew Petelo 2 tries; Andrew Tauatevalu 2 con; Kelvin Smith pen)
Buller 41 (Ravudra 2, James Lash, Wells, Bonisch, Aperahama tries; Lash 4 con, pen).

Mid Canterbury 29 (Dan Fransen, Brian Matoramusha 3 tries; Nathan McCloy 3 con, pen)
King Country 31 (Alex Thrupp 2, Chaulain Mabbett-Sowerby, Rob Sherson, Tana Tuhak tries; Evan Reihana 3 con)
HT: 12-12

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