Heart­land XV edge out NZ Marist

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - AUTOZONE - ERIN TASKER

The New Zealand Heart­land XV sur­vived a scare to beat New Zealand Marist 41-39 in their an­nual rugby en­counter in Ti­maru on Satur­day.

Six Mid Can­ter­bury Heart­land Cham­pi­onship play­ers fea­tured in the match, with An­gus Lind­say and Chris­tian Vainerere turn­ing out for NZ Marist and Jarred Per­ci­val, Seta Koroita­mana and Eric Duff joined in the Heart­land XV by late in­clu­sion Wil­lie McGoon.

An­other Mid Can­ter­bury player, Maleli Sau, was ini­tially in the Heart­land squad but he was banned from rugby for three matches fol­low­ing a high tackle in Mid Can­ter­bury’s Lo­chore Cup fi­nal win over West Coast in Methven last week­end.

Satur­day’s match was the Heart­land XV’s only match for 2017, and they did well to win, hav­ing to fight back af­ter Marist led by 22 points af­ter half­time.

Vainerere had ear­lier scored the open­ing try of the match, while Per­ci­val also dot­ted down for the Heart­land XV and added four con­ver­sions and a penalty.

The two sides played for the McRae Cup, and it was the sixth win on the trot for the Heart­land XV.

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