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 kept North Otago in a share of first place while South Canterbury, courtesy of their 38-27 home win over Buller also joined the front runners.
Thames Valley gave their Meads Cup playoff hopes a boost when beating Wairarapa Bush, who went into the game ahead three points ahead of them, 29-23 and ended in fourth place while two sides are one point further back, Buller and Wairarapa Bush.
Poverty Bay fullback Andrew Tauatevalu enjoyed a big day of points scoring with three tries and five conversions for 25 points in his side’s 52-38 home win over Mid Canterbury.
Heartland Week 5
Thames Valley 29 (Laulea Mau, Jason Laurich, Kieran Lee, Matty Axtens tries; Reece Boughton 3 con, pen)
Wairarapa Bush 23 (Tristan Flutey, Logan Flutey tries; Tipene Haira con; Tim Priest con, 3 pen).
Wanganui 67 (Vereniki Tikoisolomone 2, Tyler Rogers-Holden 4, Ezra Meleisea Raymond Salu 2, Jamie Hughes, Samu Kubunavanua tries; Dane Whale 3 con; Nick Harding 3 con)
East Coast 24 (Scorers not provided). HT:
West Coast 18 (Troy Tauwhare, Tumama Tu’ulua tries; Sean McClure con, 2 pen)
North Otago 17 (Lachlan Kingan, Patrick Pati, Tana Tamou tries; Robbie Smith con). HT: 12-12
King Country 19 (Lisoni Tuivanavou, Ratu Vasaki tries; penalty try; Evan Reihana con)
Horowhenua Kapiti 35 (Jono Ihaka 2, Himiona Henara 2, Pita Marshall tries; Henare con, 2 pen; Pakai Turia con). HT: 12-20
Poverty Bay 52 (Ken Houkamau, Andrew Tauatevalu 3, Rikki Terekia, Toru Noanoa 2, Quade Tapsell tries; Tauatevalu 5 con; Kelvin Smith con)
Mid Canterbury 38 (John McAtamney, Jon Dampney, Will Mackenzie, Matt Groom tries; penalty try; Corey McKay 4 con, pen). HT: 19-24
South Canterbury 38 (Shane Anderson, Brad Tunnicliffe 2, Willie Wright, Zac Saunders 2 tries; Willie Wright 4 con)
Buller 27 (Jareth Mackay, Petaia Saukuru, Michael Wells, Mitieli Kaloudigibeci, Robbie Malneek tries; James Lash con ).