2008 Heartland Championship

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The 2008 Heartland Championship was a provincial rugby union competition involving 12 teams from New Zealand split into two pools. Matches started on Saturday 23 August 2008 and ended with the final on 25 October.[1]

The 2008 season was to be the last in its current format. On 11 August 2008 the New Zealand Rugby Union announced that Tasman and Northland would be the two teams relegated from the Air New Zealand Cup after the completion of the 2008 season. Both teams failed to meet criteria which included financial stability, population, player training and development, playing history, and administration. This might have meant that the Tasman union would have been split into its constituent Nelson Bays and Marlborough unions, and that the Heartland Championship would have needed to accommodate three further teams. On 26 September 2008 the New Zealand Rugby Union rescinded this decision.

Wanganui won the Meads Cup and Poverty Bay won the Lochore Cup. Each team has reached the respective cup final in all three years of the Heartland Championship. Poverty Bay has won each Lochore Cup, while 2008 was Wanganui's first Meads Cup championship.

Standings[edit]

The 12 teams were split into two pools, with the top 3 from each pool after 5 rounds advancing to the Meads Cup round, whilst the bottom 3 from each pool played for the Lochore Cup.

Pool A[edit]

Qualified for Meads Cup
Qualified for Lochore Cup
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 Pts
1 Northotago.png North Otago 5 4 0 1 123 75 +48 2 0 18
2 Wcoast.png West Coast 5 3 0 2 110 87 +23 2 2 16
3 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 5 3 1 1 83 82 +1 0 1 15
4 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 5 1 2 2 107 125 -18 3 0 11
5 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 5 1 0 4 116 147 -31 3 3 10
6 Scantab.png South Canterbury 5 1 1 3 93 116 -23 1 1 8

Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 Pts
1 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 5 5 0 0 240 53 +187 5 0 25
2 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 5 4 0 1 171 96 +75 4 0 20
3 Kcountry.png King Country 5 3 0 2 119 96 +23 2 0 14
4 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 5 2 0 3 117 90 +27 2 0 10
5 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 5 1 0 4 64 171 -107 0 0 4
6 Ecoast.png East Coast 5 0 0 5 15 220 -205 0 0 0

Table notes[edit]

  • Pos = Table Position
  • Pld = Played
  • W = Win (Worth 4 points)
  • D = Draw (Worth 2 points)
  • L = Loss (Worth 0 points)
  • PF = For (Total points scored)
  • PA = Against (Total points scored against)
  • PD = Points difference
  • BP1 = Bonus Point (1 Bonus Point will be awarded to any team that scores 4 tries or more regardless of win/loss/draw.)
  • BP2 = Bonus Point (1 Bonus Point will be awarded to the losing side if the loss is by 7 points or less.)
  • Pts = Progressive points tally

NB:

  • It is possible to receive 2 bonus points in a loss.
  • In the event of a tie on points, the higher ranked team is decided on the basis of who won when they met in pool play. If they remain tied, then it is decided by points differential.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
A Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush (2 BP) 31-37 Wcoast.png West Coast (1 BP) 23 August 2008 Masterton 1,000
A Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 18-17 Scantab.png South Canterbury (1 BP) 23 August 2008 Westport 400
A Northotago.png North Otago (1 BP) 32-11 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 23 August 2008 Oamaru 750
B Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury (1 BP) 49-20 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 23 August 2008 Ashburton 200
B Kcountry.png King Country 18-0 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 23 August 2008 Te Kuiti 550
B Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1 BP) 71-6 Ecoast.png East Coast 23 August 2008 Wanganui 1,100

Round 2[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
A Wcoast.png West Coast (1 BP) 9-15 Northotago.png North Otago 30 August 2008 Greymouth 300
A Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 16-16 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 30 August 2008 Westport 500
A Scantab.png South Canterbury 19-27 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush (1 BP) 30 August 2008 Timaru 500
B Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 0-43 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1 BP) 30 August 2008 Paeroa 300
B Kcountry.png King Country (1 BP) 32-3 Ecoast.png East Coast 30 August 2008 Taupo 800
B Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 13-26 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury (1 BP) 30 August 2008 Gisborne 550

Round 3[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
A Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti (1BP) 13-15 Wcoast.png West Coast 6 September 2008 Paraparaumu
A Northotago.png North Otago 10-18 Scantab.png South Canterbury 6 September 2008 Oamaru
A Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush (1BP) 8-11 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 6 September 2008 Masterton
B Ecoast.png East Coast 3-20 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 6 September 2008 Ruatoria
B Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury (1BP) 32-17 Kcountry.png King Country 6 September 2008 Ashburton
B Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1BP) 36-16 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 6 September 2008 Wanganui

This was the first time Buller had beaten Wairarapa Bush at Masterton in the history of the two unions' meetings.

Round 4[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
A Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 18 - 22 Northotago.png North Otago 13 September 2008 Westport
A Scantab.png South Canterbury 8 - 30 Wcoast.png West Coast (1BP) 13 September 2008 Timaru
A Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush (2BP) 31 - 36 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti (1BP) 13 September 2008 Masterton
B Povertybay.png Poverty Bay (1BP) 43 - 10 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 13 September 2008 Gisborne
B Kcountry.png King Country 19 - 47 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1BP) 13 September 2008 Te Kuiti
B Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury (1BP) 52 - 3 Ecoast.png East Coast 13 September 2008 Ashburton

Round 5[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
A Wcoast.png West Coast (1BP) 19 - 20 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 20 September 2008 Greymouth 600
A Northotago.png North Otago (1BP) 44 - 19 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 20 September 2008 Oamaru 600
A Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti (1BP) 31 - 31 Scantab.png South Canterbury (1BP) 20 September 2008 Levin 500
B Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 14 - 33 Kcountry.png King Country (1BP) 20 September 2008 Te Aroha 600
B Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1BP) 43 - 12 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 20 September 2008 Wanganui 1,500
B Ecoast.png East Coast 0 - 43 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay (1BP) 20 September 2008 Ruatoria 500

Buller wins the 2008 Rundle Cup

Meads and Lochore Cups[edit]

Standings[edit]

Lochore Cup Pool[edit]

Qualified for playoff
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 Pts
1 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 8 4 0 4 196 121 +75 3 0 23
2 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 8 3 2 3 234 174 +60 5 0 21
3 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 8 3 0 5 202 194 +8 4 3 19
4 Scantab.png South Canterbury 8 3 1 4 181 167 +14 2 2 19
5 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 8 1 0 7 97 255 -158 0 0 4
6 Ecoast.png East Coast 8 0 0 8 50 306 -356 0 0 0

Meads Cup Pool[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 Pts
1 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 8 8 0 0 353 78 +275 7 0 39
2 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 8 7 0 1 225 129 +96 5 0 33
3 Northotago.png North Otago 8 5 0 3 169 117 +52 3 1 24
4 Wcoast.png West Coast 8 3 0 5 122 146 -24 2 3 21
5 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 8 4 1 3 135 164 -29 0 1 19
6 Kcountry.png King Country 8 3 0 5 157 172 -15 3 1 16

Fixtures and results[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
M Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1BP) 42 - 10 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 27 September 2008 Wanganui 1,200
M Northotago.png North Otago (1BP) 27 - 8 Kcountry.png King Country 27 September 2008 Oamaru 300
M Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 7 - 5 Wcoast.png West Coast (1BP) 27 September 2008 Ashburton 200
L Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti (1BP) 73 - 7 Ecoast.png East Coast 27 September 2008 Levin 700
L Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 19 - 5 Scantab.png South Canterbury 27 September 2008 Gisborne 500
L Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 11 - 0 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 27 September 2008 Masterton 400

Round 7[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
M Wcoast.png West Coast 7 - 52 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui (1BP) 4 October 2008 Westport
M Northotago.png North Otago (1BP) 11 - 15 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 4 October 2008 Oamaru
M Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 25 - 8 Kcountry.png King Country 4 October 2008 Westport
L Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 6 - 36 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti (1BP) 4 October 2008
L Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 24 - 8 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 4 October 2008 Gisborne
L Ecoast.png East Coast 5 - 46 Scantab.png South Canterbury (1BP) 4 October 2008 Ruatoria

Round 8[edit]

Pool Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
M Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 19 - 8 Northotago.png North Otago 11 October 2008 Wanganui
M Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury (1BP) 32 - 17 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 11 October 2008 Ashburton
M Kcountry.png King Country (2BP) 22 - 24 Wcoast.png West Coast 11 October 2008 Taupo
L Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 18 - 36 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay (1BP) 11 October 2008 Levin
L Scantab.png South Canterbury (1BP) 37 - 27 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 11 October 2008 Timaru
L Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush (1BP) 67 - 23 Ecoast.png East Coast 11 October 2008 Masterton

Knockout stage[edit]

Lochore Cup[edit]

Semi-finals Final
October 18 – Gisborne
 Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 43  
 Scantab.png South Canterbury 30  
 
October 25 – Gisborne
     Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 26
   Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 5
October 18 – Levin
 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 37
 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 17  

Semifinals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 43 - 30 Scantab.png South Canterbury 18 October 2008 Gisborne
Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 37 - 17 Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 18 October 2008 Levin

Final[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 26 - 5 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua-Kapiti 25 October 2008 Gisborne

Meads Cup[edit]

Semi-finals Final
October 18 – Wanganui
 Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 40  
 Wcoast.png West Coast 18  
 
October 25 – Wanganui
     Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 27
   Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 12
October 18 – Ashburton
 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 38
 Northotago.png North Otago 24  

Semifinals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 40 - 18 Wcoast.png West Coast 18 October 2008 Wanganui
Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 38 - 24 Northotago.png North Otago 18 October 2008 Ashburton

Final[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 27 - 12 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 25 October 2008 Wanganui

See also[edit]

External links[edit]