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2014

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Season

2014 Status:
Heartland.Championship
Founded 1888 – Affiliated 1892
President:
B.N.Green
Chairman:
D.R.Hoskin
Chief.Executive.Officer:
D.S.(Dale) Cobb (to October)
Coach:
J.M.(Jason) Caskey
Assistant Coach:
J.P.(Jason) Hamlin; G.R.J.(Guy) Lennox
Main ground:
Cooks Gardens , Wanganui
Capacity:
15,000
Colours:
Royal Blue, Black and White

Wanganui finished eighth in the Heartland Championship round robin and only just qualified for the Lochore Cup playoffs with a for and against differential that was just five better than Thames Valley. The semi-final win over King Country Was their best performance of the season and the final was won in a war of attrition against North Otago.

The new coach used 29 players, with 13 having played in last year’s disappointing campaign. There were recalls for Cole Baldwin, Simon Dibben, Tremaine Gilbert, Darren Munro, Rhema Sagote (all 2012), and Tevita Taufui (2011). Of the loan players, Joshua Hamilton had played for Horowhenua Kapiti and Bryn Hudson for Thames Valley. A notable absentee was lock Nick Cranston, who was out injured.

The outstanding back was second five-eighth Rhema Sagote. He was an aggressive runner and top try-scorer. Loan player Joshua Hamilton, the top points-scorer in Taranaki club rugby, was tried at first five-eighth and fullback before the decision was made to go with the reliable Asalemo Malo at fullback and persevere with debutant Dane Whale at first five-eighth. Whale, a good runner, looked promising until a broken jaw against Wairarapa Bush ended his season. Of the four wingers used, Simon Dibben was the best. At halfback, Lindsay Horrocks started every game.

In the loose forwards, captain Peter Rowe again produced consistency of performance and ended the season on 99 games for Wanganui. Lasa Ulukuta was initially tried at prop but the switch back to number eight was better for him and the team. Injury restricted the appearances of Bryn Hudson, but he still made an impression, and Andrew Evans appeared in every game. The tight five certainly had an element of youth about it. New lock John Laurie learned well and Sam Madams toiled away in every game. It was again unfortunate that Sonny Woodmass was not always available. The two young props, Kamipeli Latu and Viki Tofa, improved in their debut seasons, while the experienced 37-year-old Shaun McDonough was good insurance on the bench. At hooker, Cole Baldwin was prominent.

The Bruce Steel Memorial Cup, held since 2012, was lost in the first defence of the year to Horowhenua Kapiti 23-34.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland XV: C. Baldwin, P.G. Rowe, L.K. Ulukuta

2014_team

Match.Record: Played 10; Won 5 ; Lost 5
Points : For 254 ; Against 212
1. August 23 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru
Lost 18 – 31
Wanganui Scorers : Baldwin, Flaws, Ulukuta tries
Hamilton (1 Penalty Goal)
Referee: L.D.Scanlon
2. August 30 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Wanganui  (Bruce Steel Cup)
Lost 23 – 34
Wanganui Scorers : Gilbert (2) tries
Hamilton (2 Conversions, 3 Penalty Goals)
Referee: S.Kubo (Japan)
3. September 6 vs North Otago, at Wanganui
Won 20 – 15
Wanganui Scorers : Hudson, Sagote tries
Hamilton (2 Conversions, 2 Penalty Goals)
Referee: V.Ringrose
4. September 13 vs Mid Canterbury, at Ashburton
Lost 14 – 30
Wanganui Scorers : Sagote try
Hamilton (3 Penalty Goals)
Referee: J.J.Doleman
5. September 20 vs East Coast, at Wanganui
Won 44 – 07
Wanganui Scorers : Sagote (2), Hamilton, Hekenui, Hudson, Stowers tries
Hekenui (4 Conversions, 2 Penalty Goals)
Referee: B.R.Johnson
6. September 27 vs West Coast, at Greymouth
Lost 17 – 23
Wanganui Scorers : Hamilton, Evans tries
Malo (2 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)
Referee: A.W.Payne
7. October 4 vs Wairarapa-Bush, at Wanganui
Won 38 – 24
Wanganui Scorers : Kubunavanua (3), Dibben, Malo, Ulukuta tries
Whale (4 Conversions)
Referee: D.G.Morrison
8. October 11 vs King Country, at Te Kuiti
Lost 29 – 30
Wanganui Scorers : Sagote,Lama, Short, Tutauha tries
Malo (3 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)
Referee: C.J.Stone
9. October 18 vs King Country, at Te Kuiti (Lochore Cup Semi-final)
Won 37 – 06
Wanganui Scorers : Horrocks, Kubunavanua, Evans, Sagote, Baldwin, Malo tries
Malo (2 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)
Referee: C.J.Stone
10. October 26 vs North Otago, at Oamaru (Lochore Cup Final)
Won 14 – 12
Wanganui Scorers : Horrocks, Sagote tries
Malo (2 Conversions)
Referee: J.R.Nutbrown
APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2014 – Career)
Cole Baldwin Border 10 – 73
Simon Dibben Marist 6 – 27
Andrew Evans Ruapehu 10 – 59
Jaye Flaws Taihape 9 – 9
Tremaine Gilbert Taihape 7 – 21
Joshua Hamilton Spotswood United * 6 – 6
Zyon Hekenui Ruapehu 5 – 3
Lindsay Horrocks Border 10 – 19
Bryn Hudson x Coastal * 6 – 6
Samu Kubunavanua Utiku OB 7 – 7
Areta Lama Kaierau 3 – 25
Kamipeli Latu Border 9 – 9
John Laurie Border 8 – 8
Sam Madams Border 10 – 13
Asalemo Malo Kaierau 8 – 64
Shaun McDonough Ruapehu 10 – 70
Darren Munro Kaierau 1 – 46
Tautahi Rawiri Ruapehu 2 – 2
Peter Rowe Ruapehu 10 – 99
Rhema Sagote Suburbs ** 10 – 20
William Short Ruapehu 9 – 9
Clive Stowers Pirates 5 – 5
Tevita Taufui Kia Toa *** 8 – 16
Viki Tofa Marist 8 – 8
Roman Tatauha Ruapehu 10 – 27
Lasa Ulukuta Pirates 10 – 29
Faa’lafi Vave Pirates 4 – 6
Dane Whale Taihape 7 – 7
Sonny Woodmass Ruapehu 8 – 14
* = From Taranaki RU / ** = Auckland RU / ***=Manawatu RU /x = Player of Origin