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allblacks.com and James Mortimer     14 Sep 2013     allblacks.com

East Coast, current holders of the Meads Cup, and Buller, last season's winners of the Lochore Cup, face each other at Victoria Square in Westport, and with both teams bringing up the bottom of the table a win will be well appreciated as the 2013 campaign has so far ripped up the form guide.

Poverty Bay, still chasing their first win of the season, will host Wanganui in Gisborne.

To see last week's results and the current table, click here.

To see the referee appointments for the round, click here.

Week Four Action

BULLER v EAST COAST
Sat 14 September, 2.30pm, Victoria Square, Westport
Played: 6, 2006-2012 | Buller wins: 4 | East Coast wins: 2
Last match: East Coast 20 Buller 18, 08.09.12 in Ruatoria (HC)
Last Buller win: Buller 18 East Coast 7, 04.09.10 in Ruatoria (P)
Biggest Buller score: 47 (47-9), 05.09.09 in Westport (P)
Biggest East Coast score: 34 (34-8), 27.08.11 in Westport (HC)
Biggest differential: Buller by 38, (47-9), 05.09.09 in Westport (P)

KING COUNTRY v THAMES VALLEY
Sat 14 September, 2.30pm, Owen Delany Park, Taupo
Played: 8, 2006-2012| King Country wins: 4 | Thames Valley wins: 4
Last match: Thames Valley 28 King Country 18, 22.09.12 in Te Aroha (HC)
Last King Country win: King Country 35 Thames Valley 13, 05.09.09 in Te Kuiti (P)
Biggest King Country score: 35 (35-13), 05.09.09 in Te Kuiti (P)
Biggest Thames Valley score: 28 (28-18), 22.09.12 in Te Aroha (HC)
Biggest differential: King Country by 22 (35-13), 05.09.09 in Te Kuiti (P)

NORTH OTAGO v MID CANTERBURY
Sat 14 September, 2.30pm, Whitestone Contracting Stadium, Oamaru
Played: 9, 2006-2012 | North Otago wins: 3 | Mid Canterbury wins: 6
Last match: Mid Canterbury 7 North Otago 3, 08.09.12 in Ashburton (HC)
Last North Otago win: North Otago 24 Mid Canterbury 18, 24.09.11 in Oamaru (HC)
Biggest North Otago score: 40 (40-24), 23.10.10 in Oamaru (MC SF)
Biggest Mid Canterbury score: 38 (38-24), 18.10.08 in Ashburton (MC SF)
Biggest differential: North Otago by 16 (40-24), 23.10.10 in Oamaru (MC SF)

POVERTY BAY v WANGANUI
Sat 14 September, 2.30pm, MoreFM Rugby Park, Gisborne
Played: 9, 2006-2011 | Poverty Bay wins: 0 | Wanganui wins: 9
Last match: Wanganui 42 Poverty Bay 3, 08.09.12 in Wanganui
Last Poverty Bay win: -
Biggest Poverty Bay score: 34 (34-50), 02.10.010 in Wanganui (MC)
Biggest Wanganui score: 56 (56-0), 17.10.09 in Wanganui (MC)
Biggest differential: Wanganui by 56 (56-0), 17.10.09 in Wanganui (MC)

SOUTH CANTERBURY v WEST COAST
Sat 14 September, 2.30pm, Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru
Played: 6, 2006-2011 | South Canterbury wins: 4 | West Coast wins: 2
Last match: West Coast 19 South Canterbury 13, 06.10.12 in Greymouth
Last South Canterbury win: South Canterbury 28 West Coast 18, 13.08.11 in Timaru (HC)
Biggest South Canterbury score: 59 (59-14), 03.10.09 in South Canterbury (MC)
Biggest West Coast score: 18 (18-28), 13.08.11 in Timaru (HC)
Biggest differential: South Canterbury by 45 (59-14), 03.10.09 in South Canterbury (MC)

HOROWHENUA KAPITI v WAIRARAPA BUSH
Sat 7 September, 2.30pm, Trust House Memorial Park, Masterton
Played: 8, 2006-2012 | Horowhenua Kapiti wins: 4 | Wairarapa Bush wins: 3 | Draw: 1
Last match: Wairarapa Bush 31 Horowhenua Kapiti 5, 13.10.12 in Levin (HC)
Last Horowhenua Kapiti win: Horowhenua Kapiti 13 Wairarapa Bush 12, 19.09.09 in Levin (P)
Biggest Wairarapa Bush score: 47 (47-10), 17.09.11 in Carterton (HC)
Biggest Horowhenua Kapiti score: 37 (37-17), 18.10.08 in Levin (LC SF)
Biggest differential: Wairarapa Bush by 37, (47-10), 17.09.11 in Carterton (HC)