25 Aug 2013

Upsets in Heartland Championship opening round

6:38 am on 25 August 2013

King Country caused a major upset in the opening round of the lower-tier Heartland Championship provincial rugby competition, defeating Wanganui 17-16.

North Otago also won away, beating Wairarapa Bush 20-18 in Oamaru.

The defending Meads Cup champions East Coast survived a last minute penalty attempt by Horowhenua Kapiti to win 25-24.

Thames Valley beat South Canterbury 21-17 in Paeroa, Mid Canterbury thumped Poverty Bay 31-12 in Ashburton while West Coast edged Buller 23-17 in Greymouth.