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So'oialo's boot kicks Horowhenua Kapiti into final

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Saturday, October 21, 2017    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

They will meet arch-rivals Wanganui who travelled south to Timaru to beat top qualifier South Canterbury 29-24.

Horowhenua Kapiti had James So'oialo's goal-kicking boots to thank for the win as he landed six penalty goals for all his side's points.

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Wanganui have an outstanding record in the Meads Cup and are the defending champions having beaten Buller and South Canterbury respectively in the 2016 and 2015, and have won the Cup five times since 2006.

Horowhenua Kapiti have never won either the Meads or Lochore Cups although they did beat Wanganui to win the 1993 third division final

In the Lochore Cup, Mid Canterbury will host West Coast in next week's final.

Mid Canterbury were too strong for Poverty Bay winning 56-22 in Ashburton while West Coast beat North Otago 24-14 in Greymouth. North Otago were the defending Lochore Cup champions.

Mid Canterbury, Meads Cup winners in 2013-14, have never played a Lochore Cup final while West Coast were beaten finalists in 2009.

MEADS CUP

South Canterbury 24 (Willie Wright, Kevin Moore, Marac Beckham tries; Wright 3 con, pen) Wanganui 29 (Simon Dibben, Bryn Hudson tries; Nick Harding 2 con, 5 pen). HT: 10-20

Horowhenua Kapiti 18 (James So'oialo 6 pen) Buller 17 (Anthony Tailua, Hogarth tries; James Lash 2 con, pen). HT: 9-2

LOCHORE CUP

Mid Canterbury 56 (Sam Finau 2, Willie McGoon 3, Maleli Sau 2, Tyler Blackburn tries; Jarred Percival 5 con, 2 pen) Poverty Bay 22 (Ben Lam 2, Semisi Alana tries; Ethine Reeves 2 con, pen). HT:

West Coast 24 (Josh Manning, Regan Stanton, Troy Tauwhare, Isei Lewaqai tries; Tom Reekie 2 con) North Otago 14 (Petelo Pouhila, Mika Mafi tries; Dan Lewis 2 con). HT: 17-7