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Heartland Championship Week Three preview

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allblacks.com and James Mortimer     07 Sep 2013     allblacks.com

With Bush equal first on the table with their opponents, with just one point splitting the two sides, it will be a crucial match in Ashburton to determine who will lead the pack heading towards the end of the opening month.

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Heartland Championship Week Three

EAST COAST v NORTH OTAGO
Sat 7 September, 2.30pm, Whakarua Park, Ruatoria
Played: 7, 2006-2012 | East Coast wins: 2 | North Otago wins: 5
Last match: East Coast 26 North Otago 15, 20.10.12 in Ruatoria (MC SF)
Last North Otago win: North Otago 52 East Coast 17, 20.08.11 in Oamaru (HC)
Biggest East Coast score: 26, (26-15), 20.10.12 in Ruatoria (MC SF)
Biggest North Otago score: 116 (116-3), 28.08.10 in Ruatoria (P)
Biggest differential: North Otago by 113 (116-3), 28.08.10 in Ruatoria (P)

HOROWHENUA KAPITI v KING COUNTRY
Sat 7 September, 2.30pm, Waikanae Park, Waikanae
Played: 5, 2006-2012| Horowhenua Kapiti wins: 0 | King Country wins: 4 | Draw: 1
Last match: King Country 32 Horowhenua Kapiti 10, 08.09.12 in Taupo (HC)
Last Horowhenua Kapiti win: -
Biggest Horowhenua Kapiti score: 23 (23-23), 19.08.06 in Levin (P)
Biggest King Country score: 34 (34-13), 18.08.07 in Paraparaumu (P)
Biggest differential: King Country by 22 (32-10), 08.09.12 in Taupo (HC)

MID CANTERBURY v WAIRARAPA BUSH
Sat 7 September, 1.00pm, Ashburton Showgrounds, Ashburton
Played: 6, 2006-2012 | Mid Canterbury wins: 3 | Wairarapa Bush wins: 2 | Draw: 1
Last match: Wairarapa Bush 31 Mid Canterbury 6, 22.09.12 in Masterton (HC)
Last Mid Canterbury win: Mid Canterbury 16 Wairarapa Bush 12, 13.08.11 in Ashburton (HC)
Biggest Mid Canterbury score: 36 (36-25), 15.09.07 in Masterton (P)
Biggest Wairarapa Bush score: 31 (31-6),, 22.09.12 in Masterton (HC)
Biggest differential: Wairarapa Bush by 25 (31-6), 22.09.12 in Masterton (HC)

THAMES VALLEY v BULLER
Sat 7 September, 2.00pm, Paeroa Domain, Paeroa
Played: 3, 2006-2011 | Thames Valley wins: 1 | Buller wins: 2
Last match: Thames Valley 22 Buller 20, 13.08.11 in Paeroa (HC)
Last Buller win: Buller 29 Thames Valley 17, 17.10.09 in Wesport (LC)
Biggest Thames Valley score: 22 (22-20), 13.08.11 in Paeroa (HC)
Biggest Buller score: 29 (29-17), 17.10.09 in Wesport (LC)
Biggest differential: Buller by 12 (29-17), 17.10.09 in Wesport (LC)

WANGANUI v SOUTH CANTERBURY
Sat 7 September, 2.30pm, Cooks Gardens, Wanganui
Played: 5, 2006-2011 | Wanganui wins: 4 | South Canterbury wins: 1
Last match: Wanganui 28 South Canterbury 18, 13.08.11 in Timaru (HC)
Biggest Wanganui score: 59 (59-14), 03.10.09 in Wanganui (MC)
Biggest South Canterbury score: 18 (18-28), 13.08.11 in Timaru (HC)
Biggest differential: Wanganui by 45 (59-14), 03.10.09 in Wanganui (MC)

WEST COAST v POVERTY BAY
Sat 7 September, 2.30pm, Rugby Park, Greymouth
Played: 3, 2006-2012 | West Coast wins: 0 | Poverty Bay wins: 3
Last match: Poverty Bay 31 West Coast 13, 15.09.12 in Gisborne (HC)
Last West Coast win: -
Biggest West Coast score: 21 (21-36), 06.10.07 in Greymouth (LC)
Biggest Poverty Bay score: 57 (57-17), 07.10.06 in Gisborne (LC)
Biggest differential: Poverty Bay by 40 (57-17), 07.10.06 in Gisborne (LC)