You could almost say Steelform Wanganui lost by disqualification in their Cooks Gardens rematch with Mitre 10 Heartland champions Thames Valley this afternoon.

Taking advantage of some early mistakes from the visitors, it seemed a second-tier Wanganui outfit were well on their way to revenge for last year's Meads Cup semifinal upset with an 18-3 lead in the first quarter.

But the Waikato country union, who had a noted advantage in muscle and mass up front and in the midfield, got their feet under them and began to turn the screws – as once again Wanganui's outside backs looked very

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