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Heartland Rugby - Oamaru vs King Country Preview

King Country, which finished ninth in the 2013 Heartland competition, improved two placing’s on the two previous seasons and under coach, Kurt McQuilkin, is vying for a place in the top eight after the first three rounds.  King Country opened the current season with a 32-13 win over former Meads Cup winner, Wairarapa-Bush, but in the next two rounds lost to Thames Valley,10-15, and Buller,29-53. On Saturday King Country will meet North Otago, also a double winner of the Meads Cup and last year’s finalist.  North Otago and King Country are both on six points after three games with North Otago currently lying seventh ahead of King Country in eighth position.

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HEARTLAND RUGBY 30 August 2014

OAMARU: Outscoring Poverty Bay thirty one points to five in the final forty minutes, North Otago staged a great second half comeback to win 43-34 at Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday. Poverty Bay looked classy in the first half leading 29-12 at halftime, but the torrid pace of the first forty minutes took its toll as North Otago roared back to outscore the visitors, 31-5 in the second half. Fullback Chris Talanoa opened the scoring in the second minute after a Ralph Darling break in midfield, but six minutes later the Poverty Bay onslaught began with tighthead prop Seymour Lambert crashing across for second five eighth Moss Doran to convert. Seven minutes later North Otago winger Simeli Koniferedi made ground, but at the breakdown North Otago turned over the ball and halfback Sam Parks ambled in for a try which Doran converted to take Poverty Bay out to a 14-5 lead. Midway through the half a Lemi Masoe break put Koniferedi in for a try which Stephen Fenemor converted to reduce the deficit to two points. Poverty Bay dominated the second quarter Doran slotted a penalty, lock Everard Reid touched down for Doran to convert and two minutes from halftime, Rico Gear on the right wing had too much pace and power to score wide out to give Poverty Bay a 29-12 halftime lead.

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North Otago Development Rugby Review

The North Otago Development Rugby Team made it two out three in the Hanan shield development competition when it beat Mid Canterbury 33-27 in the curtain raiser at Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday. Mid Canterbury half, Corey Sinclair, opened the scoring with a try which fullback Andrew Fluker converted. North Otago hit back with tries to number eight, Matu Raturawa and winger Joe Marston, with Brad McKenzie converting both tries to give North Otago a 14-7 lead ten minutes from half time.

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Heartland Rugby Review - 23 August, 2014

WESTPORT: Buller started its Heartland programme with a confidence building 17-9 win over North Otago at Victoria Square on Saturday. Buller scored the only try of the game in the seventh minute when from a breakdown inside the North Otago twenty two, Buller first five eighth James Lash floated a superb pass to second five eighth Peni Nabainivalu who drifted through the defence to touch down wide out for an unconverted try after North Otago first five eighth Stephen Fenemor had kicked a third minute penalty. Buller built on this momentum in the first quarter with an Andrew Stephens penalty from 48 metres out but two further penalties from Fenemor in the fifteenth and twenty ninth minutes put North Otago out to an 9-8 lead three minutes from halftime before Buller's classy looking first five eighth James Lash, slotted a penalty to give the home side an 11-9 halftime lead. Buller added two further second half penalties, both by Lash to pick up four points for the game.

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