Three-way tie at head of Heartland Championship

A three-way tie has occurred after the fifth round of games in the Mitre 10 Heartland Championship. West Coast squeaked home to claim an 18-17 win over previous competition leaders North Otago in Greymouth with Sean McClure’s goal-kicking boot negating the three tries to two advantage North Otago enjoyed. But bonus points

North Otago secure last-gasp win to go top

North Otago moved three points clear in the Mitre 10 Heartland competition this week when goal-kicker Robbie Smith landed a last-second penalty goal to beat Thames Valley 22-21 in Oamaru on Saturday. With previous unbeaten West Coast going down to a Wanganui side 18-36 for its first win over the season,