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1977 Status:
Second Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971

Mr R.T McKenzie
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Green and Red

_awbAlthough on the final count Wairarapa-Bush won only five of its 14 fixtures, there were occasions when the side appeared capable of much better results. A spirited opposition to British lsies particularly by the forwards was repeated in the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Manawatu when a sustained effort by the forwards caused the Shield-holders many anxious moments. Again later in the season, North Auckland were held to a narrow victory and Waikato were beaten. Had the forwards particularly been able to maintain this standard of play throughout the season. several more games would had been won.

The selector had all the previous season’s leading forwards again available, and with the four 6 ft 4 ins men, Turley, Grant, Guscott and Clarke on hand had the nucleus of a strong pack and with Turley particularly excelling in the line-out-he played mostly from the side of the scrum with the others locking the scrum. The strong front row of Rowlands, the captain, and Sargent as props and McGlashan as hooker held its own with most opponents. Taylor was the No.8 in the earlier games but then Tuckerman, who had last represented in 1970 and then at five-eighths took over, and with his speed and anticipation was a constant threat to opposing inside backs and had an outstanding season. Mahoney was a solid flanker with Darlington a useful player Fauval and Lee were the only newcomers in the forward division, Cole having represented in 1975.

The backs were strengthened by the arrival from Taranaki of Snook, whose tactical kicking was most useful at first five-eighths. Robertson was a reliable half-back, and Blake also a good-handling first five-eighths. Huriwai was a lively and useful inside back and Patrick had another good season, playing this year mainly at centre. The introduction of several young newcomers created interest, and the 22-year old England and Paton were impressive wingers in the match against the “Lions”. Later 20 year-old Johnston and I9 year-old Spowart were the wingers and both were pacy and promising players. Cotter, an 18 year old was a versatile back, best placed at second five-eighths. The full-back Kjestrup had a very good season and is an all-round custodian of quality only 22 years old. His boot contributed 57 points towards the team’s total.

Thirty players were called on, of whom seven were in their initial season.
Blake had last represented in 1975.

No players from this Union were selected for National teams.

1977_lions1977 Match Record: Played 14 : Won 5 ; Lost 9

Points : For 159 ; Against 199
* = NPC Second Division
1. May 4. v. WELLINGTON at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost  7 to 16
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.P.Sargent, try
N.F.Kjestrup, penalty goal
Referee: Mr B.C.Farquherson (Wairarapa-Bush)
2. May 10, v. KING COUNTRY* at Rugby Park, Pahiatua
Won 13 to 9
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.D.Taylor, try; l.R.Snook, dropped goal
N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals.
Referee: Mr N.B.Whittaker (Manawatu)
3. May 18, v. BRITISH ISLES at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 13 to 41
Wai-Bush Scorers : G.K.McGlashan and C.M.Paton, tries
N.F.Kjestrup, penalty goal and conversion
Referee: Mr A.R.Taylor (Canterbury)
4. June 6, v. HAWKE’S BAY at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 10 to 17
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.A.Cotter, try
N.F.Kjestrup and H.T.Huriwai, penalty goals
Referee: Mr B.G.Whale (Wairarapa Bush)
5. July 31. v. WANGANUI* at Wanganui
Lost 6 to 16
Wai-Bush Scorer : H.T.Huriwai. try;
N.F.Kjestrup, conversion.
Referee: ========
6. August 3, v. EAST COAST* at Ruatoria
Won 28 to 0
Wai-Bush Scorers : R.E.Robertson, J.A.Cotter and B.B.Patrick, tries
J.A.Cotter, dropped goal; N.F.Kjestrup,3 penalty goals and 2 conversions.
Referee: ========
7. August 16, v. POVERTY BAY* at Gisborne
Lost 11 to 20
Wai-Bush Scorers : W.N.Rowlands, and D.A.Spowart. tries
J.A.Cotter , penalty goal.
Referee: ===========
8. August 9, v. THAMES VALLEY* at Paeroa
Lost 12 to 22
Wai-Bush Scorers : R.E.Robertson, try
T.Brown , 2 penalty goals and conversion.
Referee: ===========
9. August 17, v. MANAWATU (Ranfurly Shield) at Palmerston North
Lost 6 to 12
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals.
Referee: ===========
10. August 27, v. HOROWHENUA*, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Won 6 to 0
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr D.Buckland (Wellington)
11. September 6, v. NORTH AUCKLAND*, at Memorial Park, Masterton.
Lost 7 to 9
Wai-Bush Scorers : H.T.Huriwai, try
N.F.Kjestrup, penalty goal
Referee:  Mr G.Lilley (Mid-Canterbury)
12. September 10, v. WAIKATO*, Memorial Park, Masterton
Won 7 to 3
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.D.Tuckerman, try
l.B.Blake, dropped goal
Referee: Mr C.Broadhead (Wanganui).
13. September 14, v. NELSON-BAYS at Motueka
Won 23 to 14
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.A.Cotter, (2) and E.J.Darlington (2) tries
N. F. Kjestrup, penalty goal and 2 conversions
Referee: ==========
14. September 17, v. MARLBOROUGH, at Blenheim
Lost 10 to 20
Wai-Bush Scorers : E.J.Darlington, try
J.A.Cotter, dropped goal , N.F.Kjestrup, penalty goal.
Referee: ==========
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1977 {Total Games}
N.F.Kjestrup Gladstone 12
T.Brown Pahiatua 1
C.M.Paton Tuhirangi
B.J.McConnochie Masterton 1
B.B.Patrick Gladstone
K.B.England Red Star 2
J.A.Cotter Carterton
P.L.Johnston Greytown 9
D.A.Spowart Red Star
H.T.Huriwai Red Star
A.J.O’Neill Red Star
K.W.Carter Pahiatua 1
I.B.Blake Carterton 6
I.R.Snook Pioneer
B.H.Herangi Masterton
R.E.Robertson Greytown
N.D.Taylor Featherston 5
I.F.Turley Red Star 13
D.N.Lee Featherston
B.W.J.Clarke Red Star 10
P.J.Guscott Masterton 11
N.P.Sargent Featherston 14
W.N.Rowlands Red Star 14
G.K.McGlashan Red Star
W.S.Grant East Coast
P.C.Mahoney Pahiatua
E.J.Darlington Red Star
J.D.Tuckerman Red Star
R.R.Fauval Red Star
J.W.Cole Greytown