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NGĀTI POROU BREAKS LOSING STREAK IN HEARTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

South Canterbury remains on top of the Bunnings Heartland Championship but it took a late try to debut player Luke Glenn to seal the deal as they beat North Otago 33-27.

They also retained the Hanan Shield, the Phil Gard and Bill Direen Memorial trophies.

However, Thames Valley ran rampant to score a 52-35 win over Mid Canterbury to remain right on South Canterbury’s tail.

Whanganui knocked Horowhenua Kapiti out of third place when claiming a 40-15 win over the Levin-based side which led 15-14 at halftime but which was unable to score in the second half.

Horowhenua Kapiti remains in the top four as a result of North Otago and Mid Canterbury losing.

Poverty Bay moved into fifth position with a bonus point 50-26 win over King Country, two points behind Horowhenua Kapiti.

East Coast thrived on the boost it received this week and ended its run of losses since 2013 by celebrating in style with a 50-26 win over Buller scoring seven tries in the process. They moved ahead of West Coast and into eighth place on the back of their win.

West Coast did pick up a bonus point, going down by one point 18-19 to Wairarapa Bush in Masterton.

Thames Valley 52 (Todd Doolan, Joe Cooke 2, Matty Axtens, Tevita Halafihi , Cameron Dromgool, Harry Lafituanai tries; Doolan 3 con, 3 pen; Telly Hemopo con)
Mid Canterbury 35 (Tait Chisman, Callum Burrell, S Koroitamana 2, Lote Nasiga tries; T Reekie 5 con)
HT: 32-21

East Coast 50 (Teina Potae, Sam Parkes 2, Te Rangi Fraser 2, Tawhao Stewart, Jack Richardson tries; Fraser 6 con, pen)
Buller 26  (Iliesa Tora, Petrus de Kock 2, Mitieli Kaloudigibeci tries; Andrew Norton-Taylor 3 con)
HT: 24-5

North Otago 27 (Mat Maui, Able Malalogo tries; Malalogo con, 5 pen)
South Canterbury 33 (William Wright, Anthony Amato, B Sireli, Luke Glenn tries; Sam Briggs 2 con, 3 pen)
HT: 11-8

Poverty Bay 50 (Kelvin Smith, Stefan Destounis 2, Tamanui Hill, Keanu Taumata, Toru Noanoa, Tione Hubbard, Riki Terekia tries; Smith 4 con, P Manuel-Harman con)
King Country 26 (Sisa Vosaki, Bradly Jeffries, Kodi McGovern, Jesse Douglas tries; Johnny Ika 3 con)

Wairarapa Bush 19 (Lewis Bush, Vesi Luatua tries; Tipene Haira 2 pen; Moomoo Falaniko pen)
West Coast 18 (Lewis Jackman, Jarrod Ferguson tries; Jacob Lowe con, 2 pen)
HT: 16-7

Whanganui 40 (Semi Vodosese 2, Alekesio Vakarorogo, Dylan Gallien, Mathew Taula Fili, Dane Whale tries; Ethan Robinson 3 con; Dane Whale 2 con)
Horowhenua 15 (Lennix Tovo, Bryn Gordon tries; Jackie Tatu-Robinsson con, pen)
HT: 14-15

2021 Heartland Championship Table
Pos.#
Team
P
W
L
D
Bpts
F
A
+/-
Pts
1
South Canterbury
8
8
0
0
8
365
124
+241
40
2
Thames Valley
8
7
1
0
5
299
148
+143
33
3
Whanganui
8
6
2
0
6
286
149
+137
30
4
North Otago
8
5
3
0
5
220
198
+22
25
5
Poverty Bay
8
4
4
0
8
263
223
+40
24
6
Mid Canterbury
8
5
3
0
4
226
209
+17
24
7
Horowhenua-Kapiti
8
5
3
0
5
214
197
+17
24
8
Ngāti Porou East Coast
8
3
5
0
8
242
258
-16
20
9
West Coast
8
3
5
0
5
181
219
-38
16
10
Wairarapa Bush
8
2
6
0
2
139
254
-115
10
11
Buller
8
0
8
0
2
126
320
-194
02
12
King Country
8
0
8
0
1
113
367
-254
01
*TIEBREAKERS:
1. Head to head result.
2. Points differential.
3. Tries scored.
4. Points scored.
5. Coin toss.

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