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Thames Valley RFU

South Canterbury

12

Thames Valley

17
Heartland Championship Saturday 27 October @ 1:05 pm Alpine Energy Stadium Timaru

Pressure play from Thames Valley during a strong second half showing paved the way for the side’s first Heartland Meads Cup win when they beat South Canterbury 17-12 in Timaru on Saturday.

It was a triumph for Thames Valley, who were the fourth qualifier and who had to overcome the dominant side in Meads Cup history, Wanganui, before they could contest the final.

Neither side had won the title before and it seemed at halftime, when leading 12-3, that South Canterbury, with the wind at their backs in the second half ,would be favoured.

But Thames Valley turned on the power game from their pack with a late demonstration of scrum strength shutting out the home side and boosting their own hopes as the clock wound down.

Skipper Brett Ranga led his side superbly not only around the park but in contesting the lineouts where a key take, just after the side had claimed the lead with 12 minutes remaining, again stymied South Canterbury’s progress.

Backing him with all his Super Rugby and Mitre 10 Cup experience was No.8 Alex Bradley who demonstrated his control off the back of the scrum and running the ball from close quarter rucks.

Thames Valley made a lively start, they needed to with a handy breeze at their backs, but while first five-eighths Reece Broughton landed a 10th minute penalty goal it was the home team who scored the first try.

It came in the 17th minute from a lineout drive, moments after halfback Willie Wright had been ruled to have knocked the ball on before grounding the ball for a try.

Thames Valley weren’t without chances as Bradley and Ranga made some powerful runs.

But while South Canterbury didn’t create as many opportunities they proved more clinical when they got them and they extended their lead in the 26th minute when once again they demonstrated the ball-handling capability of their side with forwards out in the backline providing a chance when fullback Rico Syme ran into the line.

In classical manner, with the Thames Valley defences stretched, he drew his marker and gave wing Kalavini Leatigaga a chance along the northern sideline and, once he beat a cover tackle, he was untroubled to score in the corner.

Making a better start to the second half, Thames Valley had a boost when Ranga capped an outstanding team move which resulted from running back a South Canterbury downfield kick. Good ground was made by centre Harry Lafituanai, fullback Ethan Seymour and wing Kieran Lee, before Ranga was in perfect support to score.

South Canterbury paid the price in the 68th minute when the ball was dropped in a backline movement and Thames Valley were quick to seize the ball and build on the ground made by Seymour. The forwards worked the ball through phase after phase in the goalmouth before it was finally replacement prop Sergio de la Fuente drove over the line to give his side the lead.

Scorers: South Canterbury 12 (Loni Toumohuni, Kalavini Leatigaga tries; Wille Wright con)
Thames Valley 17 (Brett Ranga, Sergio de la Fuente tries; Reece Broughton 2 con, pen)
HT: 12-3

South Canterbury 12 - 17 Thames Valley

  • Saturday 27 October 2018 @ 1:05 pm
  • Heartland Championship MEADS CUP FINAL
  • Alpine Energy Stadium Timaru
  • Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (Canterbury)
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Played
7
Won
0
Drawn
15
Lost

Previous meetings

03 Jul 76 2:30 pm Representative South Canterbury v Thames Valley 17 - 07
13 Aug 86 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v South Canterbury 08 - 13
08 Sep 90 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v South Canterbury 35 - 18
26 Aug 92 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v South Canterbury 25 - 31
05 Oct 96 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 South Canterbury v Thames Valley 24 - 25
13 Sep 97 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v South Canterbury 24 - 16
24 Sep 05 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 South Canterbury v Thames Valley 11 - 40
02 Sep 06 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley RFU 16 - 13
22 Sep 07 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v South Canterbury 22 - 28
11 Oct 08 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 37 - 27
12 Sep 09 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v South Canterbury 18 - 20
04 Sep 10 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 13 - 9
24 Sep 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v South Canterbury 28 - 37
01 Oct 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 30 - 27
08 Sep 12 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 42 - 37
24 Aug 13 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v South Canterbury 21 - 17
19 Oct 13 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 14 - 8
19 Sep 15 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 35 - 19
24 Sep 16 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v South Canterbury 16 - 62
13 Oct 18 2:30 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 33 - 24
27 Oct 18 1:05 pm Heartland Championship South Canterbury v Thames Valley 12 - 17
05 Oct 19 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v South Canterbury 28 - 24