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King Country

15
Heartland Championship Saturday 30 October @ 2:00 pm Boyd Park Te Aroha

Thames Valley 50 King Country 15

Thames Valley ran out the winners by 50 points to 15 over King Country in their latest Bunnings Warehouse Heartland Championship match played at Te Aroha last Saturday. It was another bonus point victory and it has ensured Thames Valley a place in the 2021 Meads Cup final. The Swamp Foxes meet third placed Whanganui next Saturday but the Butcher Boys are eight points further back so Thames Valley cannot be overtaken. Although mathematically possible it does not look likely that Thames Valley will secure a home final as they remain two points behind South Canterbury who play West Coast (in eighth place) on Saturday.

Thames Valley’s tally of 33 competition points, gained so far this year, is the highest amount that the Swamp Foxes have ever recorded in the Heartland Competition.

The Valley forwards produced another efficient performance against King Country. They gained a wealth of possession and their lineout display was the best of the season so far. However, the backs were inconsistent and they did not capitalise on the ample possession provided by the boys up front. There were frequent sighs of disappointment from the crowd as misdirected passes went to land and not hand.

Because of Covid, and the lock down in central King Country, the visitors were not able to field their strongest team. However, the make shift combination deserves credit for a plucky showing. They held the Swamp Foxes to 18-10 at half time and it was only in the final quarter that the home team really asserted its superiority.

Todd Doolin was again to the fore and scored 23 points in this match. He now has 90 points in the five Heartland matches that he has played in this year. Add on the 12 against NZ Universities he has a total of 102 points in only six appearances for Thames Valley.

He opened the scoring in Saturday’s match with two penalty goals, then missed converting a try by Will Newbold only to convert a try of his own to give Valley 18 points at half time. King Country had responded when their centre, Sio Tapili side-stepped his way through the Thames Valley defence and passed to half back, Smith who scored. John Ika converted the try and shortly afterwards kicked a penalty goal enabling King Country to go into the break with 10 points.

Doolin opened the scoring in the second half with two more penalty goals before Neels went over by the posts and Doolin added the extra two points. From a quick tap penalty Tapili scored out wide for King Country and Joe Cook showed his speed by racing up and charging down the attempted conversion. Score 31 -15. Thames Valley’s fitness then showed through., They were awarded an automatic seven points for a penalty try when Cooke just failed to place the ball because of a high tackle. Sione Vakapuna Etoni and Josh Kaho finished off the try scoring with Todd Doolin converting Etoni’s try. Final Score. Thames Valley 50 King Country 15.

Next Saturday Thames Valley host Whanganui at Te Aroha. In recent years matches between these two unions have been real nail biters and other close encounter is expected this week.

Thames Valley 50 - 15 King Country

  • Saturday 30 October 2021 @ 2:00 pm
  • Heartland Championship 
  • Boyd Park Te Aroha
  • Referee: Will Johnston
TR CON PEN DG
16 Cody Muir Sam Van Der Valk
17 Josh Kaho Trinity McQueen 1
18 Ryan Leopold Cameron Dromgool
19 Matt McCahon Fred Kei Fotofili
20 Leroy Neels Ben Bonnar 1
21 Tevita Halafihi Harry Lafituanai
22 Sione Vakapuna'Etoni Sam McCahon 1
23 Penalty Try 1 1
86
Played
31
Won
4
Drawn
51
Lost

Previous meetings

15 Aug 25 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 17 - 05
07 Aug 26 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 03 - 06
13 Aug 27 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 09 - 09
01 Aug 31 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 00 - 03
26 Jul 32 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 06 - 29
22 Jul 33 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 19 - 11
24 Aug 35 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 16 - 22
29 Aug 36 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 18 - 08
13 Aug 38 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 32 - 14
24 Aug 38 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 00 - 23
01 Jul 39 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 09 - 03
01 Jul 50 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 08 - 06
01 Sep 51 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 12 - 11
18 Jul 56 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 18 - 15
05 Jul 58 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 06 - 03
13 May 59 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 19 - 20
03 Aug 60 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 11 - 03
09 Aug 61 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 09 - 25
23 Sep 61 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 21 - 06
23 Jun 62 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 16 - 08
01 Sep 62 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 09 - 03
22 Jun 63 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 03 - 16
27 Jun 64 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 14 - 08
25 Aug 64 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 08 - 10
05 Jun 65 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 16 - 03
03 Jul 65 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 11 - 14
25 Jun 66 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 20 - 09
12 Jul 66 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 08 - 16
24 Jun 67 2:30 pm Coronation Shield Thames Valley v King Country 03 - 11
16 Aug 67 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 11 - 11
20 Jul 68 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 19 - 00
04 Aug 68 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 03 - 11
23 Jul 69 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 11 - 08
11 Jul 70 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 35 - 06
03 Jul 71 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 06 - 19
19 Jul 72 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 24 - 12
30 Aug 72 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 21 - 16
09 Jun 73 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 15 - 10
13 Jul 74 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 04 - 12
12 Jul 75 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 15 - 23
14 Jul 76 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v King Country 09 - 09
25 Jun 77 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth King Country v Thames Valley 10 - 06
22 Jul 78 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth King Country v Thames Valley 23 - 25
21 Jul 79 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v King Country 06 - 04
16 Aug 80 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth King Country v Thames Valley 04 - 12
15 Aug 81 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v King Country 13 - 16
28 Jul 82 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth King Country v Thames Valley 07 - 03
08 Aug 83 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v King Country 10 - 17
01 Sep 84 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth King Country v Thames Valley 45 - 04
27 Jul 85 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 06 - 27
21 Jun 86 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 20 - 07
24 Jun 87 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 15 - 41
22 Jun 88 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 09 - 10
27 Sep 89 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v King Country 16 - 18
25 Aug 90 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 14 - 12
17 Aug 91 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 King Country v Thames Valley 40 - 00
07 Aug 93 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 22 - 41
11 May 94 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 37 - 10
03 Jun 96 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 24 - 56
04 Oct 97 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v King Country 17 - 44
19 Sep 98 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 King Country v Thames Valley 14 - 22
04 Sep 99 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v King Country 28 - 20
07 Oct 00 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 King Country v Thames Valley 42 - 33
12 Aug 01 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v King Country 16 - 14
09 Aug 03 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v King Country 52 - 12
07 Jul 04 2:30 pm Representative King Country v Thames Valley 11 - 13
10 Sep 05 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v King Country 17 - 19
09 Sep 06 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley RFU 3 - 13
14 Oct 06 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley RFU v King Country 15 - 17
08 Sep 07 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 13 - 9
06 Aug 08 2:30 pm Representative Match King Country v Thames Valley RFU 17 - 05
20 Sep 08 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 14 - 33
05 Sep 09 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 35 - 13
21 Aug 10 2:30 pm Representative Match Thames Valley RFU v King Country 11 - 25
11 Sep 10 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 14 - 5
30 Jul 11 2:30 pm Representative Match Thames Valley RFU v King Country 31 - 18
17 Sep 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 14 - 26
22 Sep 12 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 28 - 18
14 Sep 13 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 27 - 22
30 Aug 14 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 15 - 10
12 Sep 15 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 47 - 12
10 Sep 16 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 22 - 22
23 Sep 17 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 36 - 45
15 Sep 18 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 29 - 37
12 Oct 19 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Thames Valley 15 - 37
30 Oct 21 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v King Country 50 - 15