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2012

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Season

2012 Status:
Heartland.Championship
Founded 1888 – Affiliated 1892
President:
J.Slight
Chairman:
D.R.Hoskin
Chief.Executive.Officer:
D.S.Cobb
Coach:
J.M.Caskey
Assistant Coach:
J.P.Hamlin
Main ground:
Cooks Gardens , Wanganui
Capacity:
15,000
Colours:
Royal Blue, Black and White

Wanganui maintained its unbeaten record at Cooks Gardens, extending the run to 30 games since its most recent loss, back in 2007. At halftime in the Meads Cup Final at Ruatoria, it appeared Wanganui would comfortably retain the trophy. The 20-3 lead was soon extended to 27-3 before East Coast rallied and ran in four tries and snatch championship honours. Wanganui made six substitutions within four minutes and seemed to lose its combinations and control.

Standout players were loose forwards Darren Munro, captain Peter Rowe and Fraser Hammond. Midfield backs Saul Chase and Rhema Sagote were dangerous on attack. Prop Shaun McDonough enjoyed a fine season. Nick Cranston showed improvement at lock while newcomer Nick Harding showed promise and kicked 43 points.

Asalemo Malo was again the adventurous fullback and Simon Dibben ran well on the right wing. Sean Brown was moved from halfback to first five-eighth. Halfback Matt Koubaridus gained Heartland selection but had to withdraw following an injury he received in the championship final. The experienced Mark Davis missed the later games.

Locks Jon Smyth and Andrew Retallick, props Vaan Rauhina and Gene Ropoama, and hookers Roman Tutauha and Junior Tume all had regular game time. Smyth, the 2011 Heartland Player of the Year, was keen to break into ITM Cup rugby and accepted an invitation to chance his arm in Northland but on failing to be selected he returned home.

The Wanganui Rugby Union celebrated its 125th anniversary during the year.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Cranston, Davis, Hammond, Koubaridis, McDonough, Munro, Rowe

2012.Match.Record: Played 11 ; Won ; Lost 3
Points : For 294 ; Against 233
1. August 4 vs Taranaki, at New Plymouth {Ranfurly Shield}
Lost 07 – 51
Wanganui Scorers : Baldwin Try
Davis (1) Conversion
Referee: N.P.Briant
2. August 25 vs Mid Canterbury, at Ashburton
Won 24 – 23
Wanganui Scorers : Munro, Malo tries
Davis (1) Conversion , (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: M.S.Muir
3. September 1 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Wanganui
Won 28 – 10
Wanganui Scorers : Gilbert, Davis, Chase tries
Davis (2) Conversions , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: A.Aso (Japan)
4. September 8 vs Poverty Bay, at Wanganui
Won 42 – 03
Wanganui Scorers : Rauhina (2), Retallick, Dibben, Malo, Chase tries
Davis (6) Conversions
Referee: B.D.Skeen
5. September 15 vs Wairarapa Bush, at Masterton
Won 26 – 19
Wanganui Scorers : Chase, Tutauha tries
Davis (2) Conversions , (3) Penalty Goals  , (1) Drop Goal
Referee: B.D.O’Keeffe
6. September 22 vs East Coast, at Ruatoria
Lost 17 – 25
Wanganui Scorers : Dibben, Chase tries
Davis (2) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: S.W.McDermott
7. September 29 vs North Otago, at Wanganui
Won 39 – 22
Wanganui Scorers : Sagote (2), Dibben (2), Chase, Malo, Rauhina tries
Davis (1) Conversion, Malo (1) Conversion
Referee: K.R.McBride
8. October 6 vs Buller, at Wanganui
Won 39 – 12
Wanganui Scorers : Ropoama (2), Malo, Pereka, Sagote tries
Harding (4) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: G.G.Stuart
9. October 13 vs King Country, at Te Kuiti
Won 22 – 19
Wanganui Scorers : Sagote, Koubaridis, Rowe tries
Harding (2) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: S.M.Elliot
9. October 20 vs Wairarapa Bush, at Wanganui {Meads Cup Semi-Final}
Won 23 – 20
Wanganui Scorers : Chase, Smyth tries
Harding (2) Conversions, (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: K.R.McBride
9. October 27 vs East Coast, at Ruatoria {Meads Cup Final}
Lost 27 – 29
Wanganui Scorers : Cranston, Sagote, Malo tries
Harding (3) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal , Lama (1) Drop Goal
Referee: S.A.W.Eden-Whaitiri
APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2012 – Career)
C.Baldwin Border
2
63
S.F.Brown Marist
11
22
S.D.Chase Nedlands (Perth)
7
7
N.M.Cranston Ruapehu
9
20
M.J.K.Davis Border
8
39
S.K.Dibben Marist
11
21
A.D.Evans Ruapehu
7
41
T.J.Gilbert Taihape
6
14
B.D.Graham Marist
3
3
F.C.Hammond Ruapehu
10
49
N.R.Harding Border
7
7
M.D.Koubaridis Border
9
18
A.Lama Kaierau
4
14
S.M.McDonough Ruapehu
11
51
A.Malo Kaierau
11
47
J.Mow Pirates
7
28
D.G.Munro Kaierau
11
45
N.Naqiso Border
3
3
V.A.Pereka Ratana
7
24
V.M.Rauhina Ratana
11
45
A.L.Retallick Border
11
21
G.H.Ropoama FOB Oroua – Manawatu
8
8
P.G.Rowe (Capt) Ruapehu
11
82
R.Sagote University – Auckland
10
10
T.M.Sagapolutele Marton
5
5
K.P.Shaw Utiku OB
2
2
J.T.K.Smyth Whangarei OB – Northland
11
63
J.T.Tume Pirates
..9
25
R.B.K.Tutauha Ruapehu
..11
11
D.I.Tyrell Pirates
..1
88
T.Wells College Rifles – Auckland
..1
1