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2010

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Season

2010 Status:
Heartland.Championship
Founded 1888 – Affiliated 1892
President:
M.R.Carroll
Chairman:
D.R.Hoskin
Chief.Executive.Officer:
D.S.Cobb
Coach:
G.R.J.Lennox
Assistant Coach:
J.M.Caskey
Main ground:
Cooks Gardens
Capacity:
15,000
Colours:
Royal Blue, Black and White

Wanganui were looking for their third title in as many years but were well beaten in the final by North Otago, the only team to have beaten Wanganui during the championship season. Wanganui could not overcome the power of the big North Otago pack and hard running backs. The team had many classy backs and an efficient set of loose forwards but needed a more powerful set of tight forwards. Eight players gained selection to the Heartland team, the most by any union but Matt Gilbert withdrew from the squad, being replaced by Shaun McDonough.

Gilbert captained the side with McDonough being his fellow prop. Sheldon O’Hagan gained a starting position later in the season ahead of McDonough. Cole Baldwin had an excellent season at hooker while Shane Ratima was an experienced player in reserve. Jon Smyth and 20-year-old Aaron Kelly, a loan player from Waikato, were the locks. Peter Rowe was the most outstanding of the loose forwards and later captained the Heartland team. Fraser Hammond, Darren Munro and Adam Roe also featured in the loose play.

The experienced Denning Tyrell was again at halfback with newcomer Mathew Koubaridis a good substitute. First five-eighth Mark Davis scored 109 points and distributed good ball to the enterprising outside backs. Steelie Koro and Tau Moeke were the midfield pairing with Vance Pereka being a regular substitute. Origin player Fraser Middleton was used at centre, fullback and wing. Sam Scown, Cameron Crowley and  Johnny Mow were the wings. Former Taranaki player Asalemo Malo had been playing his club rugby in Manawatu earlier in the season but on failing to he selected to the Turbos squad he moved to Wanganui. His running from fullback strengthened the attacking backline. The previous season’s fullback Asaeli Tikoirotuma had moved to Manawatu.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Baldwin, Crowley, Davis, Hammond, Koro, McDonough, Rowe, Smyth

2010.Match.Record: Played 11 ; Won 8 ; Lost 3
Points : For 309 ; Against 259
1. July 23rd vs Southland, at Invercargill {Ranfurly Shield}
Lost 06 – 62
Wanganui Scorers :
Davis (1) Penalty Goal , (1) Drop Goal
Referee: J.B.Noonan
1st Half – Highlights
2nd Half – Highlights
2. August 28 vs South Canterbury, at Wanganui
Won 13 – 06
Wanganui Scorers : Scown try
Davis (1) Conversion , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: S.W.McDermott
3. September 4 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Levin
Won 30 – 16
Wanganui Scorers : Baldwin (2), Moeke, Malo, Crowley tries
Davis (1) Conversion , (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: G.W.Jackson
4. September 11 vs West Coast, at Wanganui
Won 41 – 15
Wanganui Scorers : Davis, Row, Smyth, Munro, Scown, Crowley tries
Davis (4) Conversions , (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: S.M.Elliott
5. September 18 vs King Country, at Taupo
Won 52 – 22
Wanganui Scorers : Munro (2), Moeke (2), Malo, Baldwin, McDonough, Mow tries
Davis (6) Conversions
Referee: B.J.Lawernce
6. September 25 vs Thames Valley, at Wanganui
Won 23 – 17
Wanganui Scorers : Malo (2), Hammond tries
Davis (1) Conversion, (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: G.G.Stuart
7. October 2 vs Poverty Bay, at Wanganui
Won 50 – 34
Wanganui Scorers : Baldwin (2), Mow (2), Tyrell, Roe, Malo tries
Davis (6) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri
8. October 9 vs North Otago, at Oamaru
Lost 16 – 21
Wanganui Scorers : Moeke try
Davis (1) Conversion , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: M.S.Muir
9. October 16 vs Mid Canterbury, at Wanganui
Won 29 – 03
Wanganui Scorers : Moeke (2), Munro, Crowley tries
Davis (3) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: G.G.Stuart
10. October 23 vs Poverty Bay, at Wanganui {Meads Cup Semi-Final}
Won 31 – 24
Wanganui Scorers : Malo (2), Baldwin, O’Hagan tries
Davis (1) Conversion, (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: M.S.Muir
11. October 30 vs North Otago, at Oamaru {Meads Cup Final}
Lost 18 – 39
Wanganui Scorers : Malo, Crowley tries
Davis (1) Conversion, (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri
APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2010 – Career)
R.A.Alabaster Taihape 1
21
C.Baldwin Pirates 11
51
S.Brown Marist 1 1
N.Cranston Ruapehu 1
11
C.J.Crowley Marist 9
30
M.Davies Pirates 11
22
M.B.Gilbert (Capt) Utiku OB 11 53
D.B.Gower Ruapehu 1 29
F.C.Hammond Ruapehu 9 33
C.Harris Kaierau 8
8
P.K.Huwyler Ruapehu 1 10
A.N.Kelly Hautapu – Waikato RU 10
10
S.P.Koro Marist 8
40
J.Kotobalavu Marton 5
5
M.Koubaridis Pirates 9 9
A.Lama Kaierau 1
10
J.D.Lock Marist 5
35
S.M.McDonough Ruapehu 11 30
S.Madams Marist 1
2
A.Malo Kaierau 11
26
F.Middleton Petone – Wellington RU 8
18
T.K.Moeke Melville – Waikato RU 9 9
J.P.Mow Kaierau 7
21
D.Munro Kaierau 10
24
S.P.R.O’Hagan Ruapehu 9 54
A.Papworth Marist 1 1
V.A.Pereka Ratana 8 25
S.B.Ratima Hunterville 8 25
A.Roe Utiku OB 9 9
P.G.Rowe Ruapehu 11 70
S.Scown Marist 11 21
J.Smyth Pirates 11 42
A.T.Tikoirotuma Te Kawau – Manawatu RU 1 39
D.I.Tyrell Kaierau 10 79
L.Ulukuta Kaierau 1 10