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Heartland Championship Preview: Round Eight

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Wanganui sit in fifth-place on the ladder and take on North Otago in a shoot-out for a Meads Cup semifinal position at Cooks Gardens.

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South Canterbury sit at the top of the ladder and have the chance to wrap up top spot when they travel north to take on East Coast in Ruatoria.

One of the clashes of the round will take place in Westport where second-placed Horowhenua Kapiti take on Buller with the winner securing a home semifinal.

Poverty Bay still have a chance to sneak into the Lochore Cup semifinals (teams placed 5-8) when they take on Thames Valley in Te Aroha. The Swamp Foxes currently sit three points ahead of Poverty Bay in eighth place.

Mid Canterbury are poised at sixth on the ladder on 21 points and can wrap up a home Lochore Cup semifinal with a victory over King Country.

THE MATCH-UPS

Buller v Horowhenua Kapiti

Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm at Victoria Square, Westport
Played: 31 (1967-2015)
Wins: Buller 13, Horowhenua Kapiti 15, Draws 3
Last match: Buller 44, Horowhenua Kapiti 31 (2015)

East Coast v South Canterbury
Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm at Whakarua Park, Ruatoria
Played: 14 (1986-2015)
Wins: East Coast 3, South Canterbury 12
Last match: South Canterbury 57, East Coast 5 (2015)

King Country v Mid Canterbury
Saturday 14 October, 5pm at Owen Delany Park, Taupo
Played: 21 (1958-2015)
Wins: King Country 12, Mid Canterbury 9
Last match: Mid Canterbury 25, King Country 17 (2015)

Thames Valley v Poverty Bay
Saturday 14 October, 2pm at Boyd Park, Te Aroha
Played: 50 (1931-2016)
Wins: Thames Valley 20, Poverty Bay 30
Last match: Poverty Bay 50, Thames Valley 14 (2016)

Wairarapa Bush v West Coast

Saturday 14 October, 6pm at Trust House Memorial Park, Masterton
Played: 18 (1972-2015)
Wins: Wairarapa Bush 10, West Coast 8
Last match: West Coast 36, Wairarapa Bush 33 (2015)

Wanganui v North Otago

Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm at Cooks Gardens, Wanganui
Played: 28 (1930-2015)
Wins: Wanganui 20, North Otago 8
Last match: Wanganui 40, North Otago 10 (2015)