Mid Canterbury and North Otago host Meads Cup semis
Mid Canterbury finished on top of the Pinks Batts Heartland Championship with their last round win over Buller in Westport on Saturday and joined North Otago in claiming home semi-finals in the Meads Cup next weekend.
South Canterbury and Wanganui will host semi-finals in the Meads Cup against Thames Valley and Buller respectively.
Scorers from Round 8 were:
Thames Valley 23 (Kieran Ramage try; Dave Harrison 6 pen) Wairarapa Bush 15 (Glenn Walters 5 pen). HT: 6-9
Mid Canterbury 31 (Dwayne Burrows, Andrew Smith, Richard Catherwood, Johannes Lambrechts tries; Murray Williams con, 3 pen) Buller 13 (Mike Schmidt-Lealavaa, William Sakuru tries; Matt Golding pen). HT16-8
North Otago 27 (Alex Brown, Ed Keohane tries; Keohane con, 5 pen) Horowhenua Kapiti 22 (Aaron Kearney, Luke Harvey 2 tries; Adrian Curry 2con, pen). HT: 11-22
East Coast 36 (Aleiki Sikona, Kris Palmer, Vernon Bartlett, Lloyd Gabriel, Adam Tolua, Mike King tries; Palmer con; Lance Maaka 2 con) South Canterbury 47 (Sam Vea, George Folau 2, Tenari Saumani, Liam Edwards 2 tries; Edwards 4 con, 3 pen). HT: 19-22
Wanganui 24 (Jason Hughes 2, Andrew Evans, Roman Tutauha tries; Zion Hekenui 2 con) West Coast 25 (Rowan O'Gorman 2, Maleli Mudu, Andrew Connors tries; Tim Priest con, pen). HT: 7-10
King Country 18 (Dean Church, James Ritchie tries; Kurt Strachan con, 2 pen) Poverty Bay 19 (Moss Doran, Billy Ropiha, Beau Kururangi tries; Doran 2 con). HT 3-12.