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Heartland Championship-Lochore Cup Final Sunday 28 October @ 2:30 pm Levin Domain Levin

Pushing their luck to the limit, Horowhenua Kapiti held out Wairarapa Bush in the final moments to claim the Heartland Lochore Cup 26-23 in another finals thriller at Levin Domain on Sunday.

Having regained the lead with seven minutes remaining, Horowhenua Kapiti made the dangerous decision to attempt to close down the game by playing a pick-and-go shutout. But the concession of a penalty for going over the top breathed life into Wairarapa Bush’s hopes.

They kicked deep into Horowhenua Kapiti’s territory and then attempted to work there way to victory only to have the ball stolen in a desperate goalline scramble which allowed the home team to clear the ball and achieve themselves the perfect present for their 125th anniversary season.

It was only the second title they had won in that time, the earlier occasion in 1993 being the launching pad of All Black Carlos Spencer’s career.

Horowhenua Kapiti put local knowledge to advantage, especially through first five-eighths James So’oialo, whose 122 points over the season saw him finish top points scorer in the competition. He used the trailing wind to effect in the first half pinning Wairarapa Bush back in their own 22m area.

He was also accurate in landing penalty goals in the 3rd, 10th and 16th minutes.

But when home centre Timoci Serawalu attempted to crash through the defence he had the ball ripped off him by wing Soli Malatai and he had an unchallenged 80m run to the line in the 19th minute.

Horowhenua Kapiti continued to play to the corner and when deciding not to kick for goal from a penalty in the 30th minute, they won a lineout to launch a drive at the line where flanker Aaron Lahmert was able to get over for the try.

Frustrated by having second five-eighths Michael Lealeva’a held up over the line, just on halftime, Wairarapa Bush came back out after the break and picked up where they left off courtesy of a handy chargedown.

That saw fullback Inia Katia break into the 22m where Malatai unleashed his footwork to get closer to the line and it was prop Sam Gammie who took the ball from the breakdown to charge over close to the posts for the try.

Three consecutive penalty goals to Haira carried Wairarapa Bush to a 23-19 lead in the 63rd minute. But from the restart the ball was allowed to bounce and second five-eighths Leon Ellison was onto it to give his side some overdue momentum.

It was carried on by Serawalu who got close to the line and while Wairarapa Bush did well to win a turnover scrum from the maul, they were shunted off the ball by the home team.

But they couldn’t clear the ball and while a penalty was awarded, and the ball tapped, desperate Wairarapa Bush defence kept the home team out. Two more scrums and another tap penalty resulted before finally it was replacement hooker David McErlan scored with eight minutes left.

Scorers: Horowhenua Kapiti 26 (Aaron Lahmert, David McErlean tries; James So’oialo 2 con, 4 pen)
Wairarapa Bush 23 (Soli Malatai, Sam Gammie tries; Tipene Haira 2 con, 3 pen)
HT: 16-7

Horowhenua-Kapiti 26 - 23 Wairarapa-Bush RU

  • Sunday 28 October 2018 @ 2:30 pm
  • Heartland Championship-Lochore Cup Final 
  • Levin Domain Levin
  • Referee: Mr. R.P.Kelly
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Drawn
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Lost

Previous meetings

20 Jul 1997 2:30 pm Pre-Season Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 33 - 12
27 May 1998 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 38 - 30
28 Aug 1999 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 10 - 26
30 Sep 2000 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 07 - 24
06 Oct 2001 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 00 - 31
07 Sep 2002 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 20 - 22
13 Sep 2003 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 34 - 12
28 Aug 2004 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 35 - 18
27 Aug 2005 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 50 - 03
15 Oct 2005 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC - Final Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 28 - 23
23 Sep 2006 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 31 - 11
08 Sep 2007 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 18 - 12
13 Sep 2008 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 31 - 36
18 Oct 2008 2:30 pm Heartland Championship-S/F Lochore Cup Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 37 - 17
22 Aug 2009 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 26 - 21
19 Sep 2009 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 13 - 12
09 Oct 2010 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 31 - 17
17 Sep 2011 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 47 - 10
26 May 2012 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 29 - 18
18 Aug 2012 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 51 - 17
13 Oct 2012 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 05 - 31
17 Aug 2013 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 34 - 19
14 Sep 2013 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 22 - 15
20 Sep 2014 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 12 - 09
26 Sep 2015 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 33 - 19
03 Sep 2016 1:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 22 - 32
01 Oct 2017 12:10 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 12 - 38
05 May 2018 5:05 pm Pre Season Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 32 - 06
22 Sep 2018 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 37 - 21
28 Oct 2018 2:30 pm Heartland Championship-Lochore Cup Final Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 26 - 23
05 Oct 2019 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 25 - 20
19 Sep 2020 2:30 pm PGG Wrightson Cup Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 08 - 43
10 Oct 2020 2:30 pm Bruce Steel Cup Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 47 - 24
30 Oct 2021 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 37 - 14