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West Coast on top in Heartland

West Coast continued their storming start to move to the top of the Mitre 10 Heartland competition when travelling to Levin and downing Horowhenua Kapiti 27-21.
But they had to come from 7-14 down to claim the win. Their effort followed an opening round 56-27 win over King Country.

Some of the usual top teams in the competition who contributed players to the New Zealand Heartland XV for their international on Saturday found the going a little tougher.

Mid Canterbury were pushed all the way by East Coast before getting home 22-15

North Otago made the most of ‘home advantage’ when playing the curtain-raiser to the Ranfurly Shield match at Forsyth Barr Stadium to record a useful 25-11 win over Wairarapa Bush.

Wanganui, beaten last week by Wairarapa Bush struggled again as Thames Valley recovered from its upset loss to Poverty Bay in the first round by claiming a 36-30 win over Wanganui. Down 19-25 at the break, Thames Valley contained the home team to only one try in the second half.

Of more concern, however, was the concession of penalty goal chances within goal-kicking range and Regan Crosland made no mistake when landing seven penalty goals.

Buller suffered a setback when going down 12-34 to King Country in Taupo.

Poverty Bay were not able to back-up their upset first round win when going down to South Canterbury 29-40. Brad Tunnicliffe picked up three tries for South Canterbury while Clarence Moli scored two.

Heartland Week Two

North Otago 25 (Howard Packman, Samuel Tatupu, Lemi Masoe tries; Robbie Smith 2 con, 2 pen)
Wairarapa Bush 11 (Brock Price try; Tipene Haira 2 pen). HT: 7-6

King Country 34 (Alefosio Tapili 2, Sisa Vosaki 2, Zayn Tipping tries; Evaan Reihana 3 con, pen)
Buller 12 (Gabba de Kock 2 tries; Timoti Manawatu con). HT: 22-7

East Coast 15 (Zac Guildford, Epeli Lotawa tries; Zane King con, pen)
Mid Canterbury 22 (Jon Dampney, Matt McAtamney, Manasa Bari tries; Corey McKay 2 con, pen). HT: 0-10

Horowhenua Kapiti 21 (Kane Tamou, Nathan Kendrick, Himiona Henare tries; Codi Hemi 3 con)
West Coast 27 (Josh Tomlinson, Sam Lebezeit, Jesse Pitman-Joass tries; Todd Struthers 3 con, pen; Pitman-Joass dropped goal). HT: 7-14

Poverty Bay 29 (Adrian Wyrill 2, Ethan Reeves tries, penalty try; Andrew Tauateluva 2 con, pen)
South Canterbury 40 (Brad Tunnicliffe 3, Clarence Moli 2, Zac Saunders tries; Theo Davidson 2 con, pen; Reilly Cormack pen). HT:

Wanganui 30 (Nick Harding, Roman Tutauha, Dane Whale, Shay Wiperi tries; Harding 2 con, 2 pen)
Thames Valley 36 (Laulea Mau, Matiu Abraham, Jason Laurich tries; Regan Crosland 7 pen). HT 25-19