Horowhenua Ka¯piti se­cure home semi

Horowhenua Chronicle - - GARDENING -

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.

LVN191018dl­rugby1 PHOTO / DAVE LINTOTT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

James So’oialo takes on the line against Mid Can­ter­bury in Round 1.

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