(9 matches incl.Ranfurly Shield challenge)

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We begin our journey of looking back at the history of Wanganui RFU here at http://wanganuirugby.co.nz with a look at 1934.

We begin our “Looking Back” series with recounting the 1934  season where Wanganui played nine matches which included a Ranfurly Shield challenge.

So lets go … We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Wanganui Rugby Union.We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2013 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. Web Admin

Wanganui Rugby Union
( Founded : 1888 ; Affiliated: 1892 )
Headquarters :  Wanganui
Colours: Black & Blue
Selectors : J.D.Crowley , C.Mullany , A.Henwood
The River City representatives were seen in action nine times during the season.Four matches were played at home, and five away, for a record of four wins and five losses.The programme commenced with a loss to Taranaki at Wanganui.A good team was selected, but the visitors proved superior, and won, 19 to 11, after Wanganui had led 6-5 at half-time.A win went to the home team when Manawatu visited Wanganui, the final score being 29 to 21.The team in this game was: Narby, Dickson, McPhee, T.Chase, Peterson, Follas, H.O.Brogden, J.B.Lockett(c), Walker, McIntyre, J.C.Buckley, Matthews, McGregor, W.Thompson, Murphy.The trip to New Plymouth to meet Taranaki ended in defeat by 22—39.

There were one or two absentees from the regular fifteen, but, however, Taranaki were far too good.

The next match was at Napier, when Wanganui took on the Ranfurly Shield holders.

The fifteen that lined out were:-D.Thompson, T.Chase, Thakambau, M.Downs, M.Follas, J.Morgan, H.O Brogden, J.B.Lockett, Matthews, J.C Buckley, I.McIntyre, R.Walker, Murphy, W.Thompson, M.McGregorThe challengers were well defeated by 16-39, but the experience against the Hawke’s Bay champions did no harm.The fifth game produced a fairly easy win against Horowhenua at home.Six new men were tried out, and despite Horowhenua’s fight to 3 all at the interval, Wanganui’s side prevailed.The next time the Wanganui colours took the field they were worn by the Colts. Wellington Colts, their opponents, had several regular players with them, including A.Wright, who later was in the North lsland team, and Wanganui went down by a big margin 5 to 32.

The “A’s” then met the Wellington “A” team at Wellington. Once again Wanganui had to bow their heads, this time by 8 to 18.

Journeying further South, Wanganui beat Marlborough at Blenheim (20-8), and Golden Bay-Motueka at Motueka (20-14). In the first game, Marlborough led 6-0 at half—time, but Wanganui put the issue out of doubt on changing ends.

In the contest between the Wanganui and Taranaki Maoris, at Wanganui, a win by 14 points to 8 to Wanganui was recorded.

J.B.Lockett (Kaierau) played in all the eight “A” matches, and scored four times. T. Chase (Taihape) scored the most points 22 although he played in three games only. M.Follas (Hunterville) played in seven matches, and was emergency in the other.

He scored 13 points. That good forward, Watty Thompson (Pirates) also played in all the games, scoring three points. The Taihape half, H.O.Brogden, was another who played in all the games. His tally of points was three, M.McGregor (Wanganui and Old Boys) played in seven matches. J.C.Buckley (Wanganui Marist) played in seven games, and scored four tries. D.Thompson (Taihape)was on the field in two games, and put together 13 points.

The ex-Taranaki player, J.Peterson, scored three points in the six matches he took part in. Others who played in five games were:- H.Walker, M.McPhee, Wally Thompson, and l.Mclntyre (Wanganui and Old Boys).

Wanganui’s All Black, G.A.Bullock-Douglas, was available for one game only. He played in the Wanganui trial and the Auckland trial, and toured Australia. ln Kangarooland he played six times, and scored six tries, scoring more tries than any of the tourists. His games included both against New South Wales and both Test matches. He played against The Rest on return. I.McIntyre played in the Wanganui trial, and later for the North Island at Dunedin.

Match Record:   Played 9 ; Won ; Lost 5
Points :   For 144 Against 127
1. June 4 Vs Taranaki, at Spriggens Park, Wanganui
Lost 11 – 19
Wanganui Scorers : J.C.Buckley,1 try; G.A.Bullock-Douglas, 1 try and 1 penalty;
T.C.Chase converted 1 try
Referee: N. Reid
2. July 28 Vs Manawatu, at Spriggens Park, Wanganui
Won 29 – 21
Wanganui Scorers : H.McPhee (2), J.C.Buckley, T.C.Chase, and Dickson, tries
T.C.Chase converted 5 tries; M. Follas, 1 pot.
Referee: G.Thrush
3. August 11 vs Taranaki, at New Plymouth
Lost 22 – 39
Wanganui Scorers : G.K.Thakambau, H.McPhee, and G.Lockett, tries
D.Thompson 3 penalties and converted 2 tries
4. August 16. (Ranfurly Shield) vs Hawkes Bay, at Napier
Lost 16 – 39
Wanganui Scorers : G.K.Thakambau, I.A.McIntyre, T.C.Chase,and J.C.Buckley, tries;
T.C.Chase converted 2 tries
Referee: E.D.Berry (Hawkes Bay)
Match Report:
Ranfurly Shield Match# 123– 16 August 1934 –ranfurly_shieldThe All Blacks were still absent when the first challenger arrived, Wanganui thus being without G.A.Bullock-Douglas, their wing three-quarter.McLean Park, Napier, held about 4,000 spectators, the weather conditions were good, apart from a crossfield wind which affected the goal kicking.Hawke’s Bay again won by their solid forward play, their quick breaking and persistent following up.The challengers got a lot of ball from the scrums, and played well to a point.Hawke’s Bay led 19-2, Apsey Scoring early, followed by a try by the Fijian George Thakambau,3-3. Smith then scored , Apsey scored and Sherriffs converted; Ireland, who at this satge had come on as a replacement, scored; and finally Bradley scored between the posts for Sherriffs to convert, 19-3.The pace was a cracker, and the play ran more freely. In the second spell the Bay scored 20 points to Wanganui’s 11, the sequence of the scoring being ; McIntyre a try, 19-06; Gunn a try, 22-06; Le Quesne a try between the posts, Sherriffs converting, 27-06; Miller a try 30-06; T.C.Chase a try for Wanganui, converting his own effort, 30-11; Apsey a try, 33-11; J.C.Buckley a try , Chase converting, 33-16; and Rolls a try, 39-16.Hawkes Bay: Changes in the XV were , J.G.Gunn in Mataira’s place, T.P.L.Reaney instead of Kelly, and H.W.Sherriffs in place of Evans, who was indisposed. During the match, T.W.D.Ireland replaced Skittrup.Wanganui: D.Thompson, M.Downs, Ratu Gerorge Thakambau, T.C.Chase, M.L.G.Follas, J.Morgan, H.O.Brogden. J.B.Lockett(Capt), P.Matthews, I.A.McIntyre, J.C.Buckley, R.Walker, M.Murphy, W.R.Thompson, M.McGregor.The referee was Mr E.D.Berry of Napier.

Report Source : “Ranfurly Shield Rugby – by AH Carmen 1960” 
5. August 25 vs Horowhenua, at Spriggens Park, Wanganui
Won 14 – 06
Wanganui Scorers : G.Lockett (2), and C.J.Hutchinson, tries
H.Walker, 1 penalty and converted 1 try
Referee: C.Transome
6. August 29 Colts vs Wellington “B” at Spriggens Park, Wanganui
Lost 05 – 32
Wanganui Scorers : Jones, 1 try, which Hoskins converted
Referee: W.H.Rowe
7. September 8 vs Wellington, at Wellington
Lost 08 – 18
Wanganui Scorers : G.Lockett, 1 try
H.Walker, 1 penalty and converted 1 try
8. September 12 vs Marlborough, at Blenheim
Won 20 – 08
Wanganui Scorers : J.Petersen, D.Jones, M.L.G.Follas, C.J.Hutchinson, and Watty Thompson, tries
J.Morgan converted 1 try and 1 penalty
9. September 15 vs Golden Bay-Motueka, at Motueka
Won 20 – 14
Wanganui Scorers : H.Lambert, H.Brogden, M.L.G.Follas(2), J.C.Buckley,and J.Morgan, tries
J.Morgan converted 1 try
APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (1934)
H.O.Brogden (Taihape) 9
J.C.Buckley (Wanganui.Marist) 7
G.A.Bullock-Douglas 1
T.C.Chase (Taihape) 3
Dickson *
M.Downs *
M.L.G.Follas (Hunterville) 7
C.J.Hutchinson *
D.Jones *
J.B.Lockett (Kaierau) 8
P.Matthews *
M.McGregor (Old Boys) 7
I.A.McIntyre (Old Boys) *
H.McPhee 5
J.Morgan *
M.Murphy *
Narby *
J.Peterson 6
G.K.Thakambau *
D.Thompson (Taihape) 2
Watty.R.Thompson (Pirates) 9
Wally Thompson 5
H.Walker 5
R.Walker *
H.Lambert *
* = Matches not recorded (will add when more information received)