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Heartland Table Week 8

Team

Played

Points

Bonus Points

Total

Mid Canterbury

8

28

5

33

North Otago

8

24

5

29

Wairarapa Bush

8

24

4

28

West Coast

8

24

4

24

South Canterbury

8

16

7

23

Wanganui

8

16

5

21

Buller

8

16

4

20

Thames Valley

8

16

1

17

King Country

8

12

3

15

East Coast

8

8

5

13

Horowhenua Kapiti

8

4

6

10

Poverty Bay

8

4

2

6


Heartland Rugby Preview 12/10/13

Horowhenua Kapiti


North Otago will meet North Otago in a vital final qualifying game for North Otago.  North Otago would go into this game at its peril if it considers Horowhenua-Kapiti an easy opponent considering its lying second last in the competition.  Horowhenua-Kapiti’s tally hides its real form.  Of the seven games played Horowhenua-Kapiti has failed to earn bonus points on only one occasion, that against South Canterbury when it was beaten, 30-13. Horowhenua-Kapiti was narrowly defeated by Wanganui (28-24), Buller(19-15), Wairarapa-Bush (22-15), Mid Canterbury (13-9) and East Coast (25-24) with its sole win being over King Country (19-18).  North Otago goes into the game knowing that it must get maximum points and then hope that either Mid Canterbury or Wairarapa-Bush are beaten.

North Otago which was affiliated to the NZRU in 1927 and Horowhenua which was affiliated in 1893 have met on only 26 occasions with the win/loss ratio favouring Horowhenua, which became Horowhenua-Kapiti in 1997, by fifteen wins to eleven for North Otago.

The first game between the two Unions was played in 1955 in Levin with Horowhenua taking the honours, 13-12 with “Pop” Cowie scoring two tries and Alistair Robinson and Fred O’Brien, one each.  The team that day was Terry Perriam, Robinson, Cowie, Jock Hamilton, Murray McCulloch, Laurie Tempero, O’Brien, Jim Pringle, Bill Nightingale, Graeme McCone, Frank Kippenberger, Tony McMullan, Les Adams, Brian Collett and Keith Nuttall.

The two sides did not meet again until 1960 when at the Oamaru Showgrounds North Otago made it two in a row with 9-3 win courtesy of three penalty goals by Reg Direen.  The North Otago side that day was Ralph Porter, Barry Rooney, Rob Russell, Doug Perriam, Max Eckhold, Terry O’Neill, Ken McGregor, Neville McNee, Doug Grant, Tony Brady, Neville Frewen, Reg Direen, Bill Simpson, Brian Lewis and Dave Finlay.

The two sides did not meet again for two decades when in Levin Horowhenua won 25-15.  The sides did not meet again until 1984 when North Otago levelled the series with a 16-13 win when fullback Ross Wilson with a try and three penalties scored all North Otago’s points.

Horowhenua dominated the next decade winning all ten games before North Otago had success in 1996 in Levin with a 41-40 win with tries going to John Newlands, Billy Laing, Ross Skinner plus a penalty try while import Jason Bird added three conversions and five penalties.

1997 saw the two sides meet twice. In the final game of the round with North Otago assured of a place in the division three semi-finals, North Otago coaches Greg Shipton and Peter Cook decided, unbeknown to most, named a team giving most of the bench players starting positions.  Horowhenua-Kapiti bolted home 40-8 with North Otago managing only try to Mark Cook and a penalty to Ray Gutsell.
Come semi-finals the following Saturday North Otago raced away to a 37-7 win giving them a place in the final against Marlborough. The rejuvenated North Otago side produced tries to Andrew Watherston, Aaron Johnston, Ross Skinner and John Talanoa with Chris Finch converting all four tries and adding three penalties.

1998 saw North Otago defeat Horowhenua-Kapiti, 34-27 in the qualifying round but was found wanting in the semi-final losing 26-36 with  James Jowsey and Nathan Cunningham scoring tries. Finch added a conversion, three penalties and a dropped goal with Cunningham kicking a conversion.  Horowhenua-Kapiti went on to lose to Mid Canterbury in the Third Division final, 13-18.
Horowhenua-Kapiti won again in Levin in 1999, 34-16 but that was the last time that the sided tasted success over North Otago.  Since 2000 (35-10), 2001 (65-14), 2002 (40-0), 2006 (59-23), 2009 (32-11) and 2011 (61-15) North Otago has held sway.


Heartland Table Week 7

Team

Played

Points

Bonus Points

Total

Mid Canterbury

7

24

4

28

Wairarapa Bush

7

24

4

28

North Otago

7

20

5

25

West Coast

7

20

3

23

Buller

7

16

4

20 

Wanganui

7

16

3

19

South Canterbury

7

12

6

18

King Country

7

12

2

14

Thames Valley

7

12

1

13

East Coast

7

8

4

12

Horowhenua Kapiti

7

4

5

9

Poverty Bay

7

0

2

2


North Otago Rugby Review/Results

Heartland Review


A brilliant solo try two minutes from fulltime by halfback Robbie Smith gave North Otago a valuable bonus point and a clear cut win over West Coast at Rugby Park on Saturday and took the side into third place in Heartland rugby.  It was a great workout for North Otago by a side, which motivated by a try in the first ninety seconds, took the  game especially in the first forty minutes before tiring in the second spell as North Otago persisted with its expansive style of play.

North Otago co coach Mike Mullins said a win was a win.

“Yes to a point but probably more importantly at the end we got a bonus point.  I’m absolutely stoked with the effort, but we did make it hard for ourselves at times.  West Coast is a good side as we were locked together at 22-22 with three minutes remaining.  Once again we put ourselves under pressure early in the game.  The start is something that we have been working on.  The strength of our bench was obvious.  Lio Havili came on and made three big tackles.  Our bench has been our key.  As far as injuries are concerned, Adam Anzani-Jones had bad cramp, Toetuu Hausia had a bang on the neck and Chris Talanoa came off with a “dead” leg.

West Coast started from the kick-off and within ninety seconds went out to a 7-0 lead with Rowan O’Gorman try between the posts and a Tim Priest conversion.  Twelve minutes later North Otago playing expansively found space out wide and winger Chris Talanoa touched down after a forty metre break.  The conversion from Ed Keohane was initially approved by the assistant referees but they were over ruled by the referee.  Priest added a penalty in the twenty fifth minute to take the home side out to a 10-5 lead.  Then with twelve minutes remaining before halftime Sale Pi’i produced one of his great individual runs to outpace the defence to score a try which Keohane converted and give North Otago a 12-10 lead.  Priest added another penalty seven minutes before the break to give West Coast a 13-12 lead.

Priest extended this to 16-12 six minutes into the second half before North Otago’s expansive game finally paid off.  Space was created and centre Lemi Masoe touched down for Keohane to convert and give North Otago a 19-16 lead.  But then in the space of three minutes Priest kicked two penalties and Keohane, one, to tie the score at twenty two all.  In the last ten minutes Priest missed two penalties and North Otago finished with a flourish. Keohane made it 25-22 with his second penalty.  From the kick-off North Otago tied up possession on halfway.  Halfback Smith slipped away on the short side and then propped off the right foot to beat tackler after tackler as he raced 40 metres to score a brilliant individual try.  Keohane add the extra two points.

Mid Canterbury (28) leads Wairarapa-Bush (28) on points differential after it beat Thames Valley, 44-11, and Wairarapa-Bush accounted for East Coast, 44-31. North Otago (25) lies third with West Coast (23) in fourth place.  In the Lochore Cup four, Buller (20) is followed by Wanganui (19), South Canterbury (18) and King Country and Thames Valley vying for the final spot.

North Otago 32 (Chris Talanoa, Sale Pi’i, Lemi Masoe, Robbie Smith tries; Ed Keohane 2 pen, 3 con),
West Coast 22 (Rowan O’Gorman try; Tim Priest con, 5 pen) HT: 13-12 West Coast.