Wanganui RFU – 2007

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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

Sat 20 Oct 2:30 pm A Meads Cup Final North Otago 25 - 08
Sat 13 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship (S/F) Meads Cup Mid Canterbury 12 - 18
Sat 06 Oct 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship - Meads Cup Wairarapa-Bush 40 - 17
Sat 29 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship - Meads Cup King Country 11 - 36
Sat 22 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship - Meads Cup Mid Canterbury 21 - 19
Sat 15 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship North Otago 16 - 39
Sat 08 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship South Canterbury 08 - 30
Sat 01 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 22 - 20
Sat 25 Aug 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Buller 19 - 15
Sat 18 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Ngāti Porou East Coast 28 - 00
Sat 11 Aug 2:30 pm H Pre-Season (non-first class) Taranaki “Dev.” – “XV” – “B” 14 - 39
Tue 19 Jun 2:30 pm H Pre-Season (non-first class) Horowhenua-Kapiti 15 - 24

APPEARANCES For Wanganui RFU (2007)

2007 Players

    Position PL
Placeholder Aisea Vaivela Prop 0
Placeholder Anton Edwards Prop 0
Placeholder Asaeli Tikoirotuma Winger 0
Placeholder Asalemo Malo Fullback, Winger 0
Placeholder Brendon Bartley Fullback 0
Placeholder Cole Baldwin Flanker, Hooker 0
Placeholder Cole Paki Lock 0
Placeholder Daniel Aldworth Flanker, Lock 0
Placeholder Daniel Hooper 0
Placeholder David Gower 0
Placeholder Dean Barr Lock 0
Placeholder Denning Tyrell Midfield Back 0
Placeholder Fraser Hammond Flanker, Lock 0
Placeholder Gareth Williams Flanker 0
Placeholder Greg Fleming 0
Placeholder Isaac Fonotoe Prop 0
Placeholder John Burke Hooker 0
Placeholder John Navito Halfback 0
Placeholder Johnny Mow 0
Placeholder Jon Smyth Lock 0
Placeholder Juan Visser Five Eighth 0
Placeholder Justin Lock Hooker 0
Placeholder Leon Mason Five Eighth 0
Placeholder Logan Vaughan Midfield Back, Fullback 0
Placeholder Matt Thompson Midfield Back 0
Placeholder Matthew Gilbert Lock, No. 8 0
Placeholder Mike Thompson Prop 0
Placeholder Mitiele Dravo Fullback 0
Placeholder Nemia Adrole Loose Forward, Lock 0
Placeholder Ngaphere Huia Prop 0
Placeholder Nick Cranston Flanker, Lock 0
Placeholder Paul Belliss Flanker, Lock 0
Placeholder Pehira Huwyler 0
Placeholder Peter Rowe Flanker 0
Placeholder Phill Stirling Flanker 0
Placeholder Qio Vucago Flanker 0
Placeholder Ricky Alabaster Halfback 0
Placeholder Rokodaina Bativagone Centre 0
Placeholder Ron Katonivere No. 8 0
Placeholder Sam Pangataa Centre 0
Placeholder Samuela Vunisa 0
Placeholder Saula Radidi Outside Back 0
Placeholder Scott Sargison Loose Forward 0
Placeholder Shane Ratima Hooker 0
Placeholder Shaun McDonough Prop 0
Placeholder Sheldon O’Hagan Prop 0
Placeholder Steelie Koro Five Eighth 0
Placeholder Terry Tanoa Loose Forward 0
Placeholder Timoci Ului Flanker 0
Placeholder Tupae Pati Five Eighth 0
Placeholder Wayne Musgrove Centre, Wing 0
zPenalty Try 0