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2010 Heartland Championship: Round three wrap

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NZPA     13 Sep 2010     getty

In pool A, reigning Meads Cup champions Wanganui led the way as they chalked up a 45-15 win over West Coast to lead the pool with 14 points. Thames Valley, on 10 points and South Canterbury with nine have the inside running to advance to the Meads Cup.

King Country and West Coast with five and four points respectively have outside chances of pushing their way through to the Meads Cup with two rounds of pool play remaining. Horowhenua Kapiti, beaten for the third straight time, going down 34-13 to South Canterbury look destined to play for Lochore Cup honours.

Pool B is dominated by Poverty Bay who ran riot over Wairarapa Bush in a 60-6 romp at Gisborne. Mid Canterbury who beat North Otago 29-14 for their second win of the season are second with 11 points. Despite the defeat, North Otago remain third in their pool on 10 points while Buller, on five, Wairarapa Bush on four and pointless East Coast look likely candidates for the Lochore Cup.

Wanganui showed considerable improvement in putting away a gutsy West Coast 41-15 after lazing their way to victory last week against Horowhenu-Kapiti.

Captain Matt Gilbert led the way from his loosehead prop position and backed up by loose forwards Adam Roe and Peter Rowe, the home forwards were too strong for West Coast.

Sam Scown, Cameron Crowley, Mark Davis, Adam Roe, John Smyth, Darren Munro notched tries for Wanganui with Davis collecting more points from a penalty and four conversions.

At Gisborne, Poverty Bay, who led 15-3 at halfitme, buried Wairarapa Bush with a five-try blitz in the space of 10 minutes and in the process almost certainly booked a place in the Meads Cup for a second successive season

The floodgates opened when prop Colin Hovell scored a try in the 45th minute. Fijian winger John Stewart, who finished with a hat-trick, dotted down two minutes later, followed by loosehead prop Stan Williams in the 49th minute. Centre Whaimotu Craft-Chemis added another in the 52nd before Stewart completed his second hat-trick in two weeks, with a five-pointer in the 55th.

Bay vice-captain and fullback Kahu Tamatea converted six of his side's nine tries and landed a penalty to take his Heartland tally for the season to 51.

Results and standings after the third round of Heartland Championship rugby matches yesterday:-

Pool A

At Timaru: South Canterbury 34 (Eric Smith, Hamish Westgarth, Tanu Suavine try, Jason Merrett 5 pen, 2 con) Horowhenua Kapiti 13 (Josh Hamilton try, Nick Cooper 2 pen, con). Halftime: 14-10.

At Wanganui: Wanganui 41 (Sam Scown, Cameron Crowley, Mark Davis, Adam Roe, John Smyth, Darren Munro; Davis pen, 4 con) West Coast 15 (Brad Houston, Christian Tupuola tries; Luke Hughes pen, con). Halftime: 21-10

At Paeroa: Thames Valley 14 (Manaia Taolala try; David Harrison 2 pen, Sam Clark dropped goal) King Country 5 (Lolohea Loco try). Halftime: 11-5.

Standings
Wanganui 3 3 0 0 84 37 2 14
Thames Valley 3 2 0 1 59 36 2 10
South Canterbury 3 2 0 1 53 35 1 9
King Country 3 1 0 2 30 39 1 5
West Coast 3 1 0 2 46 85 0 4
Horowhenua Kapiti 3 0 0 3 41 81 1 1

Pool B

At Ruatoria: Buller 18 (Brad Mackenzie, Joseph Bradley tries; Andrew Stephens 2 pen, con) East Coast 7 (Verdon Bartlett try; Lance Maaka). Halftime: 10-7.

At Gisborne: Poverty Bay 60 (John Stewart 3, Stan Williams 2, Whaimotu Craft-Chemis, Colin Hovell, Lloyd Gabriel, Murray Hewson tries; Kahu Tamatea pen, 6 con) Wairarapa Bush 6 (Jeremy Te Huia 2 pen). Halftime: 15-3.

At Ashburton: Mid Canterbury 29 (Chris Chricton 3, Vesi Luatua tries, Davey Maw 3 con 1 pen) North Otago 14 (Rangi Hepi try, Ben Patston 3 pen). Halftime: 12-9.

Standings
Poverty Bay 3 3 0 0 158 29 2 14
Mid Canterbury 3 2 0 1 79 56 3 11
North Otago 3 2 0 1 174 52 2 10
Buller 3 1 0 2 54 74 1 5
Wairarapa-Bush 3 1 0 2 46 108 0 4
East Coast 3 0 0 3 13 205 0 0