Horowhenua Ka¯piti secure home semi
The Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Heartland team will have home advantage for their Lochore Cup semifinal against Mid Canterbury this Saturday.
Despite the 57-27 loss to Wanganui last Saturday, Horowhenua Ka¯ piti can take a few positives from the game, especially the final 20 minutes where the side ran in four tries to be the only team this season to obtain a four-try bonus point against Wanganui.
Semifinal opposition Mid Canterbury had a closer final round-robin game and went down narrowly at home to Meads Cup semifinalists King Country, 31-29.
Mid Canterbury won the Round 1 clash against Horowhenua Ka¯ piti in Foxton and will be full of confidence heading into the weekend.
Horowhenua Ka¯ piti Heartland Coach, Chris Wilton, is excited to be playing in front of a home crowd.
“Our guys have fought hard to be in this position as top qualifiers of the Lochore Cup.
“It’s been a tough competition so far and being at home at the Levin Domain really lifts us. It’s great to see the rugby community come together and get behind our team, we know it helped us get across the line in last year’s semifinal and we’d love that to happen again this year as we take a step towards winning the Lochore Cup.”
The other Lochore Cup semifinal sees Wairarapa Bush host North Otago for the second week in a row. Wairarapa Bush were held scoreless in a 24-0 win to North Otago and will be looking to bounce back in front of a home crowd.
Entry to Saturday’s semifinal at the Levin Domain is $5 for adults with Secondary School students and younger free.
The curtain raiser is a Golden Oldies match which kicks off at 11.30am and the Lochore Cup semifinal kicks off at 1.30pm. Gates open 11.15am. There is an earlier kickoff time for this fixture due to the Mid Canterbury flight arrangements.
James So’oialo takes on the line against Mid Canterbury in Round 1.