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Saturday, September 7, 2019    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

They sit one point clear of North Otago, on 13 points. North Otago also had a close call when scoring in the 76th minute to beat Poverty Bay 34-30 in Gisborne.

South Canterbury, who beat Horowhenua Kapiti 57-7, and Thames Valley, who beat East Coast 43-15, share third place on 10 points.

Buller 22 (A Paterson, L Ravudra, P Saukuru tries; James Lash 2 con pen) Wanganui 21 (Vereniki Tikoisolomone 2, Raymond Salu tries; Craig Clare 2 con, Dane Whale con). HT: 5-14 

Poverty Bay 30 (Andrew Tauatevalu, Scott McKinley tries; penalty try; Tauatevalu 2 con, 3 pen) North Otago 34 (Michael Williams, Charles Elton, Clymont Gasca, Ralph Darling tries; Robbie Smith 4 con, 2 pen). HT: 24-14

South Canterbury 57 (Tokomaata Fakatava, Cam Russell, Joel Smith, Kalavini Leatigaga, Clarence Moli, Zac Saunders, Solomone Iavaka tries penalty try; Willie Wright 6 con, pen; Theo Davidson con) Horowhenua Kapiti 7 (Himiona Henare try; Ethan Reti con). HT: 12-0 

Thames Valley 43 (Danny Kayes 2, Harry Lafituanai 2, Laulea Mau, Ben Bonnar, Bobby Motuliki tries; Regan Crossland 3 con, Cole Berridge con) East Coast 15 (Tawhao Stewart, Hone Haerewa, Epeli Lotawa tries).

Wairarapa Bush 37 (Tristan Flutey 2, Johan van Vliet, Ueta Tufuga, Brendon Campbell 2 tries; Tipene Haira con, pen; Tim Priest con) King Country 31 (Brad Armstrong, Chulainn Mabbett-Sowerby, Alex Thrupp, Josh Balme, Tayne Tupaea tries; Evaan Reihana 3 con). HT: 29-14

West Coast 43 (Sam Liebezeit 2, Troy Tauwhare, Sione Holani, Jared Mitchell, Logan Winter, Amenatave Tukana tries; Todd Struthers 2 con; Sean McClure con; Jesse Pitman-Joass con) Mid Canterbury (Seta Koroitamana 2, Matt McAtamney, Manasa Bari 2, Jackson Donlan tries; Corey McKay 4 con, pen). HT: 31-14