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Heartland Championship Saturday 28 September @ 2:30 pm Thames

The West Coast rugby team sits at the top of the Heartland Championship points ladder alongside Mid-Canterbury and Wairarapa Bush, thanks to a 33-18 bonus-point victory over Thames Valley, at Thames, on Saturday.

The current West Coast crop has been setting records all season and added another on Saturday by winning their second away game in succession to become tantalisingly close to being assured of a Meads Cup semi-final.

There is no place for complacency in the Coast camp, though, because its next two games are against North Otago, who sit in third place three points behind the joint leaders, and then Wanganui.

West Coast coach Alan Lindsay said the victory was built on a sterling first-half effort into a powerful wind.
The home team led 13-12 at the break but with captain Tim Priest using the wind wisely, and kicking a whopping 62m penalty, the Coast side ran away with the second half.

Prop Heroshi Tea, No 8 Suamalie Tuiletuguga, hooker Rowan O’Gorman and centre Kevin Moore scored for West Coast, and Priest kicked three penalties and two conversions.

Lindsay said halfback Nick Makea kept the ball close to the pack into the wind, guiding the forwards well. The centre pairing of Andrew Connors and Kevin Moore was strong in midfield and fullback Robert Thomson made some telling runs.

“The pack, a bit quiet last week, was back to its best with J J Manning and Kalava Aualitia dominating the lineouts and Sweets (Suamalie Tuiletuguga) running powerfully off the back of the scrum,” Lindsay said.

“Sweets was so hard to stop that he saw two No 7s off with injury so that was a bit of a help to us.”

Lindsay said flanker Josh Hill had been one of the best tacklers all season and really shone in that regard in the first half on Saturday.

The Coast team will face their biggest hurdle of the season when they host the North Otago juggernaut at Rugby Park, on Saturday.

North Otago surprisingly lost its first two games of the season to Wairarapa Bush and South Canterbury, but have won all four since, piling on 53 points against Poverty Bay and beating Wanganui 27-15 in the last two.

After the eighth round the bottom four will be culled from the competition, while the top quartet play off for the Meads Cup and the teams ranked fiftth to eighth contest the Lochore Cup.

The Coast team can not be tipped out of the top eight but losses in the next two games could push them out of contention for the Meads Cup.

by Tui Bromley ( Grey Star )

Thames Valley 18 - 33 West Coast RU

  • Saturday 28 September 2013 @ 2:30 pm
  • Heartland Championship 
  • Thames
  • Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon
TR CON PEN DG
16 Nikolas.G. ‘Nik’ Davy Nick Makea
17 Phillip Leon ‘Phil’ Thomson Kevin.M.Moore
18 Sean.R. McClure Andrew.D.Connors
19 Brad.G.Houston Josh “JJ” Manning
20 Alan.B.Monk Joshua Hill
21 Darcy.J.Ralph Kalave Auali’itia
22 Greg.P.Crampton David.J.Crouchley
19
Played
7
Won
1
Drawn
11
Lost

Previous meetings

16 May 1984 3:00 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Thames Valley 16 - 18
07 Sep 1986 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Thames Valley 10 - 09
16 Sep 1987 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Thames Valley v West Coast RU 30 - 09
13 Jul 1988 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Thames Valley 00 - 60
15 May 1990 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Thames Valley v West Coast RU 35 - 00
21 Aug 1993 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Thames Valley 17 - 40
09 Jul 1994 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Thames Valley v West Coast RU 74 - 05
30 Sep 1995 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Thames Valley 05 - 60
01 Oct 2005 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Thames Valley v West Coast RU 25 - 18
23 Sep 2006 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v West Coast RU 51 - 16
01 Sep 2007 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v Thames Valley 34 - 17
03 Oct 2009 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v Thames Valley 27 - 03
28 Aug 2010 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v West Coast RU 36 - 18
27 Aug 2011 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v Thames Valley 17 - 17
28 Sep 2013 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v West Coast RU 18 - 33
11 Oct 2014 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v Thames Valley 27 - 22
10 Oct 2015 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v West Coast RU 29 - 17
07 Oct 2017 2:30 pm Heartland Championship West Coast RU v Thames Valley 24 - 17
25 Aug 2018 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v West Coast RU 25 - 27