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2007 Status:
Founded 1888 – Affiliated 1892
Assistant Coach:
G.R.J.Lennox, J.M.Caskey
Main ground:
Cooks Gardens , Wanganui
Royal Blue, Black and White

For a second year Wanganui were on the losing side in the Meads Cup final. Although the scores were level at halftime North Otago, with their home crowd behind them, took command in the final twenty minutes. It was unfortunate for Wanganui that inform five-eighth Steelie Koro could not play due to injury. After losing narrowly to Wairarapa Bush in the 2006 final, it had been hoped that 2007 would be Wanganui’s year. It wasn’t to be, but the team did play some attractive rugby and gained some comfort by beating Wairarapa Bush 40 – 17. However there was an upset loss to Buller. The semi-final was a repeat of 2006 meeting Mid Canterbury again.

Halfback Denning Tyrell again led the team admirably and, along with Leon Mason, Steelie Karo and centre Logan Vaughan, formed an experienced and dangerous backline, Vaughan being the top try scorer. Pehira Huwyler, a loan player from Taranaki, was a newcomer to play regularly. Brendan Bartley was the only experienced winger and Juan Visser was the only outside back to appear in every game. Daniel Hooper impressed with his play at fullback and as a goal-kicker.

The forwards were led by prop Mike Thompson playing the best rugby of his career and his tally of five tries was bettered only by Vaughan. It was an experienced front row with fellow prop Sheldon O’Hagan and hooker Shane Radma or Cole Baldwin. Dean Barr and John Smyth were the regular locks. The loose forward trio were yet again one of the team’s strengths with Matthew Gilbert, Ron Katonivere, Peter Rowe, David Gower and Fraser Hammond all making an impact.

2007 Results

20 Oct, 5:00 pm A North Otago Heartland Championship - Meads Cup Final 25 - 08
13 Oct, 5:00 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship (S/F) Meads Cup 00 - 18
06 Oct, 5:00 pm H Wairarapa-Bush Heartland Championship - Meads Cup 40 - 17
29 Sep, 5:00 pm A King Country Heartland Championship - Meads Cup 11 - 36
22 Sep, 5:00 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship - Meads Cup 21 - 19
15 Sep, 5:00 pm H North Otago Heartland Championship 16 - 39
08 Sep, 5:00 pm A Sth Canterbury Heartland Championship 08 - 30
01 Sep, 5:00 pm H Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 22 - 20
25 Aug, 5:00 pm H Buller Heartland Championship 15 - 19
18 Aug, 5:00 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 28 - 00

APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2007)