SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014 ALLBLACKS.COM
Buller hopped out to a six-point lead in the Pink Batts Heartland Championship when beating West Coast 29-24 in a close game in Westport on Saturday.
Poverty Bay, courtesy of a 17-9 win over Thames Valley moved into second place and is assured of a place in the Meads Cup play-offs with Buller.Horowhenua Kapiti helped their chance of also qualifying by beating South Canterbury 23-11 but faces a tough opponent in the last round when travelling to Gisborne to meet Poverty Bay.South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury are tied on 21 points after Mid Canterbury beat North Otago 28-7 in Ashburton.
The winner of next week’s clash between the neighbours should qualify for the Meads play-offs.Results were:
Buller 29 (Tai Ratu 2, Scott Neighbours, Peni Naibinivalu, James Lash 3 con, pen)
West Coast 24 (Rowan O’Gorman 2, Regan Stanton, Andrew Connors; Nathan Smith 2 con)
Thames Valley 9 (David Harrison 3 pen)
Poverty Bay 17 (Henry Bridge, Seymour Lambet, Moss Doran tries; Clayton Kiwara con). HT: 5-3
Horowhenua Kapiti 23 (Ahio Haamea, Lennon Carrington tries; Perry Hayman 2 con, 3 pen)
South Canterbury 11 (Erenimo Tau try; Paula Fifita 2 pen). HT7-6
Wanganui 38 (Samu Kabunavanua 3, Simon Dibben, Ace Malo, Lasa Ulukuta tries; Dane Whale 4 con)
Wairarapa Bush 24 (Robbie Anderson, Cameron Hayton, Sam Monaghan, Inia Katia tries; Ben Aoina 2 con). HT: 5-33
Mid Canterbury 28 (Nete Caucau, Richard Catherwood, Logan Bonnington tries; Murray Williams 2 con, 3 pen)
North Otago 7 (Siosiua Ngalo try; Ben Palmer con)
East Coast 7 (Charlie Harrison try; Kris Palmer con)
King Country 34 (Chanse Ritete-Perham 3, Dean Church 2, Joe Perawiti tries; Whakataki Cunningham 2 con). HT: 17-7