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 2007 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin
Founded 1888 – Affiliated 1892
|Cooks Gardens , Wanganui|
|Royal Blue, Black and White|
As Wanganui marched unbeaten through the championship rounds they emerged as the best balanced team in the contest and favourites for the Meads Cup trophy. However, in the final at Wanganui, against Wairarapa Bush, the visitors took advantage of the wind and had built a 16-0 lead by halftime. Wanganui replied in the second half with two tries to come back to 14-16 behind and the final minutes were played in desperation, Wanganui trying to score the winning points before the whistle sounded and Wairarapa Bush defending valiantly. The elements were not kind for open rugby, it was a hard slog and Wanganui came up short in the end. But it had been an excellent season for Wanganui and the style of play revitalized support for the team. Milton Haigs reputation as an astute coach had grown significantly by season’s end.
Halfback Denning Tyrell led the team with Leon Mason at first five-eighth and the solid pairing of Steelie Koro and Logan Vaughan in midfield.These players distributed the ball quickly to the team’s most potent try scorers — the threequarters. Pati Fetuia equalled the union record for a season with 14 tries, Asaeli Tikoirotuma scored nine and dangerous running fullback Alena Ateria scored seven. It was crowd pleasing rugby and other backs also made valuable contributions – Brendan Bartley, Qio Vucago and Amini Niukula.
Brett Turner and Cole Baldwin were the hookers used with Mike Thompson and Sheldon O‘Hagan solid props. Andrew Slight and Michael Fitzgerald were the regular locks. A trio of hard Taihape farmers in Matthew Gilbert, Peter Rowe and Daniel Aldworth formed an uncompromising loose forward trio and Rowe and Aldworth were rewarded, along with four other members, with selection for the Heartland XV to Argentina.
Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland:Aldworth, Mason, O’Hagan, Rowe,Thompson,Vaughan.
|21 Oct, 5:00 pm||H||Wairarapa-Bush||Heartland Championship - Meads Cup Final||14 - 16|
|14 Oct, 5:00 pm||H||Mid Canterbury||Heartland Championship (S/F) Meads Cup||30 - 17|
|07 Oct, 5:00 pm||H||Wairarapa-Bush||Heartland Championship - Meads Cup||28 - 22|
|30 Sep, 5:00 pm||A||North Otago||Heartland Championship - Meads Cup||37 - 49|
|23 Sep, 5:00 pm||H||Mid Canterbury||Heartland Championship - Meads Cup||46 - 08|
|16 Sep, 5:00 pm||A||Poverty Bay||Heartland Championship||30 - 41|
|09 Sep, 5:00 pm||H||Sth Canterbury||Heartland Championship||11 - 05|
|02 Sep, 5:00 pm||H||Horo-Kapiti||Heartland Championship||46 - 03|
|26 Aug, 5:00 pm||A||King Country||Heartland Championship||23 - 23|
|19 Aug, 5:00 pm||H||Thames Valley||Heartland Championship||65 - 18|
APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2006)
|Asalemo 'Ace' Malo||Fullback, Winger||0|
|Steelie Koro||Five Eighth||0|