Mid Canterbury, Wairarapa Bush, North Otago and West Coast are leading the chase for places in the Meads Cup section of the Pink Batts Heartland Championship after seventh round games.
Mid Canterbury was too strong for Thames Valley winning 44-11 while Wairarapa Bush made the most of East Coast suffering two red cards to win 44-21 in Masterton.
West Coast went down to North Otago 22-32 in the big game of the round.
Mid Canterbury 44 (Grant Polson, Peni Manumanuliwa, Richard Catherwood, Willie McGoon, Murray Williams, Tokulua Tolu tries; Williams 4 con, 2 pen) Thames Valley 11 (Carlin Hana try; Kane Adams 2 pen). HT: 23-6
South Canterbury 56 ( Liam Edwards 3, Matt Fetu, Timaru Tafa, Nick Strachan, George Folau, Hayden Mitchell, Rob Mulvenna tries; Edwards 4 con, pen) King Country 29 (Anthony Wise, Dean Church, Adam Morris, James Ritchie tries; Kurt Strachan 3 con, Zayn Tipping pen). HT: 32-3
Horowhenua Kapiti 24 (Junior Togia, Luke Harvey, Dave Thompson tries; Adrian Currey 3 con, pen) Wanganui 28 (Carl Parker, Zyon Hekenui, Penalty, Ace Malo tries; Hekenui 3 con; Soonalote Tauailoto con). HT: 14-10
West Coast 22 (Rowan O’Gorman try; Tim Priest con, 5 pen) North Otago 32 (Chris Talanoa, Sale Pi’i, Lemi Masoe, Robbie Smith tries; Ed Keohane 3 con, 2 pen). HT: 13-12
Poverty Bay 21 (Sam Parkes 7 pen) Buller 34 (Mike Schmidt-Lealavaa 2, Andrew Stephens, Mitieli Kaloudigibeci, Ileisa Ravudra tries; Stephens con, pen; Jesse Elley 2 con).