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Champions make winning Heartland start

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Saturday, August 27, 2016    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Whanganui swamped the West Coast 74-6 scoring 10 tries, now worth six points under the experimental laws being trialled in the competition this year. All goal kicks are worth two points.

King Country had a much tougher contest in taking an 18-16 win over Wairarapa Bush.

Beaten Meads Cup finalist from last year, South Canterbury snared a two-point 28-26 win over Buller while North Otago went down 32-40 to Mid Canterbury.

Heartland results were:

North Otago 32 (Shay Tucker, Josh Casey, Joe Pickett, Simon Lilicama tries; Carey 4 con) Mid Canterbury 40 (Jarred Percival 2, Jon Dampney, Brendon Rigden, Timoci Nabakeke, Mike Lynch tries; Percival 2 con). HT: 16-20

Wanganui 74 (Michael Nabuliwaqe 3, Malakai Volau, Roman Tutauha, Te Rangatira Waitokia 2, Gavin Thornbury, Cole Baldwin, Bryn Hudson; Dane Whale 7 con) West Coast 6 (Trent Reti try). HT: 18-6

Poverty Bay 54 (Isaia Vuki, Everard Reid, Devonte Stuart, Ken Houkamau, Siosiua Moala, Tamati Samuels tries; Vuki 3 con, 2 pen) East Coast 30 (Scorers not provided). HT: 32-8

King Country 18 (Stephan Turner, Sean Wanden tries; Zayn Tipping 2 con, pen) Wairarapa Bush 16 (James Googer, Richard Puddy tries; Tim Priest con, pen). HT: 8-8

Thames Valley 30 (John Hale, Lance Easton, Norman Solofa, Jonnie Te Ruki-Chambers tries; Te Ruki-Chambers 2 con, pen) Horowhenua Kapiti 34 (Fa'afoi Ioapo, Ryan Shelford, Andrew Lima, Perry Hayman tries; Hayman 3 con 2 pen)

South Canterbury 28 (Raitube Vasurakuta, Max Morris, Viliame Rogavatu, Kieran Coll tries; Zac Southen 2 con) Buller 26 (Setafano Sauqaqa, David Egelstaff, James Lash tries; Lash 2 con, 2 pen).HT: 8-14