Team se­cures home fi­nal

Horowhenua Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

A nail-bit­ing last 30 min­utes had Horowhenua Ka¯ piti fans on the edge of their seats dur­ing their team’s semi­fi­nal against Mid Can­ter­bury at Levin Do­main last Sun­day.

The vis­i­tors put them­selves in front al­most im­me­di­ately and were 14 points up by the 13th minute. Much of the game was played in the HK half of the field as Mid Can­ter­bury surged to­wards the home team’s try line time and time again.

HK came back slowly but surely, was out in front for a short while and drew level at 24 all with about 30 min­utes to go. The home fans were a lot more vo­cal by that time, urg­ing on the team and the boys had enough left in the tanks for two more tries and stop Mid Can­ter­bury from scor­ing any more points.

Coach Chris Wil­ton said a lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion was needed through­out the com­pe­ti­tion to get into the fi­nal against Wairarapa Bush.

“The Heart­land com­pe­ti­tion has be­come much tighter. All teams have im­proved a lot. We are very happy hav­ing achieved a fi­nal at home.”

About the fi­nal he said, “We do not have a great record against Wairarapa Bush. But fi­nals rugby is dif­fer­ent. Any­thing can hap­pen. We are a very tight knit band of broth­ers who have been play­ing to­gether for three months now and we are clear on what we want to achieve. Wairarapa Bush will also be highly mo­ti­vated be­cause Sir Brian Lo­chore, who lives in Master­ton, will be trav­el­ling with them.”

Nua is look­ing at mak­ing his­tory by win­ning a na­tional cup for the first time and in its his­tory-mak­ing 125th year, Wil­ton said.

The fans are awe­some, he said, and he’s call­ing for the town to deck it­self out in Nua gear and colours and for the com­mu­nity to come out to the game in large num­bers on Sun­day.

Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti will host Wairarapa Bush next Sun­day at Levin Do­main for the Lo­chore Cup fi­nal. Kick-off time yet to be de­cided.

FI­NAL SCORE: Horowhenua Kapiti: 34 (L. El­li­son, T. Maki, R. Shelford, K. Kelemete tries; J. So’oialo 4 con, 2 pen) v Mid Can­ter­bury: 24.

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Horowhenua Ka¯ piti cap­tain Ryan Shelford has the try­line in sight.

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