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Published: 01 Oct 2016 - - Author: Guests

Wanganui maintained their rampant, unbeaten run   in the  Heartland championship wih a crushing 60-14 win over one-win Thames Valley at Cooks today.

The Butcher Boys had the game in safe keeping when ahead 52-8 at the break.

But they slackened off in the second 40, with a string of sinbinning and poor ball security taking some of the gloss off the easy win.

"It all got very messy," said long-time rugby writer J B Phillips.

Wanganui's best were  Te Rangatira Waitokia, Jamie Hughes, who got two tries, and Irish lock Gavin Thornbury.

Wanganui remain  on top of the ladder with 29 points. They meet Buller next Saturday.

In other scores, Poverty Bay swamped West Coast 62-28, Mid Canterbury massacred East Coast 76-22, Buller scraped pastWai-Bush 26-24 and South Canterbury shut out Horowhenua 36-24.

In the curtain-raiser at Cooks, Wanganui Maori beat Taranaki Maori for the first time since 1976. The score was 43-12.


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