Wanganui RFU – 2011

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2011

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Season

2011 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
Capacity:
15,000
Colours:
Royal Blue, Black and White

MEADS CUPNew coaches Jason Caskey and Jason Hamlin maintained Wanganui’s standing at the head of Heartland rugby, guiding the team to its third Meads Cup title in four years. The loss to Mid Canterbury, the first on home soil since 2007, stung Wanganui and they responded with high scoring wins over the next three weeks. The unbeaten record at Cooks Gardens remains intact however as the Mid Canterbury game was played at the former headquarters of Spriggens Park which the union had to use while the USA RWC squad was using the main venue as a training base.

Wanganui was clearly the best Heartland team, with experience and class in all positions and this is reflected in eight being selected in the Heartland squad.The speedy threequarters, Sam Scown, newcomer Simon Dibben,Tevita Taufu’i and fullback Asalemo Malo scored half the team’s tries.

They were provided quality ball from their inside backs, the captain Steelie Koro, Mark Davis, and the halfbacks Sean Brown and Denning Tyrell. Tremaine Gilbert and Rusiate Vukula were newcomers who seized their opportunities. Cole Baldwin, Shaun McDonough and Vaan Rauhina were an experienced front row. Andrew Retallick looks promising at lock partnering Jon Smyth who was in outstanding form.

Loose forwards Andrew Evans, Darren Munro and Fraser Hammond were joined by Origin player Daniel FitzGerald, brother of Michael, the Manawatu player. FitzGerald, aged 19, captained his club team to the final of the Manawatu club championship and looks to follow his older brother’s career path.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Baldwin, Dibben, Koro, McDonough, Munro, Scown, Smyth, Vukula

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Results 2011

Wed 20 Jul 2:30 pm A Pre-Season (non-first class) Horowhenua-Kapiti Whanganui RFU 12 - 30
Sat 06 Aug 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship King Country Whanganui RFU 50 - 19
Sat 13 Aug 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship South Canterbury Whanganui RFU 18 - 28
Sat 20 Aug 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship Thames Valley Whanganui RFU 21 - 31
Sat 27 Aug 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship Mid Canterbury Whanganui RFU 23 - 26
Sat 03 Sep 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship Poverty Bay Whanganui RFU 13 - 58
Sat 10 Sep 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti Whanganui RFU 76 - 08
Sat 17 Sep 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship West Coast Whanganui RFU 12 - 69
Sat 24 Sep 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush Whanganui RFU 29 - 00
Sat 01 Oct 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship (S/F) Meads Cup Mid Canterbury Whanganui RFU 32 - 22
Sat 08 Oct 5:00 pm H Meads Cup Final Ngāti Porou East Coast Whanganui RFU 30 - 10

MEADS CUP

APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2011 – Career)
C.Baldwin Border 10
63
J.Barret Taihape 3
3
S.Brown Marist 10 14
M.K.Davis Coastal – Taranaki RU 9
31
S.Dibben Marist
10
10
A.D.Evans Ruapehu 9
34
D.T.FitzGerald Te Kawau – Manawatu RU 8
8
I.Fonotoe Ratana 1
1
M.B.Gilbert Utiku OB 4 57
T.Gilbert Taihape 8
8
F.C.Hammond Ruapehu 6 39
W.Harris Kaierau 9
9
J.Hughes Ratana 10
10
S.P.Koro (Capt) Marist 10
50
J.D.Lock Marton 6 41
S.M.McDonough Ruapehu 10
40
A.Malo Kaierau 10
36
N.Martin Taihape 5 5
D.Munro Kaierau 10
34
V.M.Rauhina Ratana 10
34
A.L.Retallick Border 10
10
P.G.Rowe Ruapehu 1 71
S.Scown Marist 9
30
A.C.Slight Pirates 2
22
J.Smyth Border 10
52
T.Taufu’i Kia Toa – Manawatu RU 8 8
D.I.Tyrell Kaierau 8
87
R.Vukula Marist 9 9