Tight race in Heartland Championship

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Saturday, September 15, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Wanganui with a 30-12 win over Mid Canterbury and King Country, who beat Thames Valley 37-29 share the lead on 19 points while South Canterbury gave themselves a boost in the points for and against columns by dishing out a 100-7 loss for East Coast, in Timaru.


Wairarapa Bush, Thames Valley, Mid Canterbury and West Coast all have 12 points while Horowhenua Kapiti and North Otago each have 11.

It was a record win for South Canterbury, their highest score previously being a 94-7 win over North Otago in 1994.

Continuing the record-breaking theme for the day, Wairarapa Bush player Soli Malatai became the first player from his union to post five tries, surpassing the record of four tries held by G Karaitiana (1985 v Hawke's Bay), M Foster (1987 v Horowhenua) and C Sullivan (1995 v Mid Canterbury).

Scorers from Round Four of the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship:

Thames Valley 29 (Kieran Lee, Glen McIntyre, Ethan Seymour, Sam McCahon tries; Reece Broughton 3 con, pen) King Country 37 (Joe Perawiti, Ratu Vosaki, Chulain Mabbett-Sowerby, Tana Tuakaraina, Tim Hounsell tries; Evaan Reihana 3 con, 2 pen). HT: 17-17

Wanganui 30 (Michael Tafili, Keveni Debinase, Dylan Gallien, Craig Clare tries; Clare 2 con, 2 pen), Mid Canterbury 12 (Tom Hanham-Carter, Brian Maroamusha tries; Andrew Letham con). HT: 20-7

North Otago 24 (Simon Lilicama, Hemaua Samasoni, Josh Buchan tries; Buchan 3 con, pen) Horowhenua Kapiti 27 (Dylan Taylor, Kalim Kelemete, Timoci Serewalu tries; James So'oialo 3 con, 2 pen). HT: 17-14

Wairarapa Bush 61 (Soli Malatai 5, Inia Katia, Mike Lealeva'a, Glen Walters, Nick Olson tries; Walters 8 con) Buller 29 (Sam Marris, Kahutia Parata, Caleb Aperahama, Petaia Saukuru, Iliesa Ravudra tries; Michael Wells 2 con)

West Coast 31 (Steve Soper 2, Oliver Dimmick, Sean McClue, Nik Cumming tries; Tom Reekie 3 con) Poverty Bay 30 (Andrew Tauatevalu 2, Andrew Petelo, TePeehi Fairlie tries; Kelvin Smith 2 con, pen; Tauatevalu pen). HT: 14-19

South Canterbury 100 (Nick Strachan 3, Brad Tunnicliffe 3, Setefano Sauqaqa 2, Henry Scott 2, Loni Toumohuni, Willie Wright, Solomone Lavaka, Kalafini Leatigaga, Kieran Coll tries; Wright 6 con; Theo Davidson 4 con) East Coast 7 (Sam Parkes try; Ngarangi Haerewa con).