North Otago to host Wanganui in Heartland final

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Unable to break the Wanganui defence, Thames Valley had to rely on the goal-kicking of Reece Broughton, who landed five penalty goals, for all of its points. Wanganui scored two tries.

They will travel to Oamaru to play North Otago who were pushed hard all the way by Wairarapa Bush before the home team won 27-25. Two late tries to Wairarapa Bush had home fans sweating before the win was completed. The last time North Otago claimed the Meads Cup was in 2007 while Wanganui last held it in 2017.

West Coast continued to set the pace in the Lochore Cup, but not before given a shake-up by Poverty Bay. The game ended with a 41-35 win to the home side who will now meet South Canterbury in next weekend's final. South Canterbury travelled to Westport and beat the home 56-24.

Mitre 10 Heartland Semifinals

Meads Cup

Thames Valley 15 (Reece Broughton 5 pen) Wanganui 20 (Verenkiki Tikoisolomone 2 tries; Nick Harding 2 con, 2 pen). HT: 12-7

North Otago 27 (Hayden Tisdall, Melikisua Kolinisau, Howard Packman 2 tries; Robbie Smith 2 con, pen) Wairarapa Bush 25 (Daryl Pickering, Sam Tufuga, Brock Price tries; Tim Priest con, 2 pen, Tipene Haira con). HT: 14-10

Lochore Cup

West Coast 41 (Sam Liebezeit, Jesse Pitman-Joass, Jade Coleman 2, Josh Tomlinson 2, Brad Tauwhare tries; Sean McClure 2 con; Pitman-Joass con) Poverty Bay 35 (Beaudein Waaka 2, Rikki Terekia, Jake Holmes, Ethine Reeves tries; Waaka 5 con). HT: 19-7

Buller 24 (Iliesa Ravudra, Mitieli Kaloudigibeci, Daniel Hytongue tries; Andrew Stephens 2 con, pen; Ravudra con) South Canterbury 56 (Anthony Amato 3, Ryan McNab, Cam Russell Regan O'Gorman, Kalavini Leatigaga, Siu Kakala tries; Willie Wright 5 con, 2 pen). HT: 10-17

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