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Finalists locked in for Bunnings Heartland Championship

Whanganui and North Otago, joined South Canterbury and Thames Valley as confirmed finalists for the Meads and Lochore Cups in Bunnings Heartland Rugby next weekend.

South Canterbury and Thames Valley will contest the Meads Cup in Timaru. South Canterbury were minor premiers when beating West Coast 46-19 in Greymouth while Thames Valley lost at home to Whanganui 27-35.

That win gave Whanganui home advantage in the Lochore Cup final against North Otago who beat King Country 36-5 in Oamaru.

The playoff for fifth and sixth has unofficially resulted in Horowhenua Kapiti missing out as a result of Poverty Bay’s 34-33 injury-time win. Three teams, Poverty Bay, Mid Canterbury and Horowhenua Kapiti ended on 24 points. Mid Canterbury and Poverty Bay went through as winners of games in pool play


Scores were:

Mid Canterbury 22 Buller 3

Mid Canterbury 22 (Michael Hennings, Seta Koroitamana 2 tries; Tom Reekie 2 con, pen) Buller 3 (Andrew Norton-Taylor dropped goal). HT: 8-3


Thames Valley 27 Whanganui 35

Thames Valley 27 (Joe Cooke , Sam van der Walk tries tries; Todd Doolan con, 4 pen) Whanganui 35 (Jamie Hughes, Kameli Kuruyabaki, Te Rangatira Waitokia, Craig Clare tries; Ethan Robinson con, 3 pen; Clare 2 con). HT: 16-18


West Coast 19 South Canterbury 46

West Coast 19 (Amena Tukana, Jacob Lowe, Elliot Smith tries; Sean McClure 2 con) South Canterbury 46 (Vaka Taelega, Cam Russell, Henry Bryce, Kalavini Leatigaga 2, Sireli Buliruarua 2; William Wright 4 con, pen). HT: 14-22


North Otago 36 King Country 5

North Otago 36 (Hayden Todd, Tony Taufa, Levi Emery, Ben Paton, Matatini Fike 2; Able Malalogo 2 con; Owen Davey con) King Country 5 (Leveson Gower try). HT: 5-0


Poverty Bay 34 Horowhenua Kapiti 33

Poverty Bay 34 (Ted Walters, Keanu Taumata, Paroraian Manuel-Harman, Andrew Tautavalau, Mario Counsell tries; Manuel-Harman 3 con, pen) Horowhenua Kapiti 33 (David McErlean 2, Tautau Kapea tries; Jack Tatu-Robinsson 3 con, 4 pen). HT: 8-17


Wairarapa Bush 19 East Coast 34

Wairarapa Bush 19 (Tupou Lea’amanu, Tafa Tafa, Matt Masoe tries; Tipene Haira 2 con) East Coast 34 (J Tangaere, H Haerewa, N McGarvey-Black, S Parkes, AN Other 2 tries; T Fraser 2 con). HT: 7-19

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