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1978 Status:
Second Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971

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

_awbSuccessful in only two of its 12 fixtures, defeating Poverty Bay and East Coast, both by wide margins, Wairarapa-Bush experienced a disappointing season. As indicated they could win and win well, and it is difficult to account for the lack of success in other matches. The side generally was a very young one with experienced players such as Patrick, Blake and Clarke appearing in only the first three matches. No fewer than 11 of the 29 players called on were making their first appearance in first-class Rugby.

Rowlands again captained the side when he was available, Snook acting in his absence. The leading forwards were Cooper, a strong, tall No.8 who had previously played in Rotorua, Foreman, tall lock who had previously represented in 1974; Cole, lock or side-ranker and hard worker, and new representatives, Schofield, lock, and McKenzie, side-ranker. Turley’s strength and height were useful in the later matches he has now appeared in 146 representative matches. McGlashan; hooker in the earlier match was later replaced by new 22-year-old Thompson who had gained selection as a flanker. Playle, Fauval and newcomer Hansen were the props.

Robertson was again a lively half-back, with Stuart, from Lincoln as substitute. Snook was a reliable good-handling first five-eighths. After again appearing in earlier games at five-eighths, Huriwai was later a fast and lively siderow forward. The 19-year-old Cotter shows considerable promise at second-five-eighths, as also does the 20 year old Reedy, a fast and elusive centre who had represented East Coast. Cornford, 22-year-old winger who had last represented in 1974 was a big powerful runner with the 20-year-old Spowart a speedy three-quarter. Kjestrup is one of the best full-backs in the country, a strong and safe defender, eager attacker, and a reliable place-kick — he registered 67 points this season. Another interesting new comer was the 19-year-old 6ft 3in Hawkins.

Cotter represented New Zealand Juniors in Queensland and Rowlands played in the Prince of Wales cup match.

1978 Match Record: Played 12 : Won 2; Lost 10
Points : For 140; Against 200
* = NPC Second Division
1. May 3 v. WELLINGTON, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 6-37
Wai-Bush Scorers : —
N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr R.C.Francis (Wairarapa-Bush)
2. May 17 v. MANAWATU, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 14-25
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.A.Cotter and P.Hawkins, tries
N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr G. Northcott (Wairarapa-Bush)
3. June 5 v. HAWKE‘S BAY, at Napier
Lost 9-16
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.F.Kjestrup, 3 penalty goals
Referee: =========
4. June 25 v. NEW ZEALAND COLTS, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 6-17
Wai-Bush Scorers :
N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals
Referee: Mr N.Thomas (Manawatu)
5. July 29 v. HOROWHENUA*, at Levin
Lost 0-6
Wai-Bush Scorer : N/A
Referee: ========
6. August 12 v. EAST COAST’, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Won 26-6
Wai-Bush Scorers : I.R.Snook, R.E.Robertson and B.McKenzie, tries
N.F.Kjestrup, 4 penalty goals and conversion
Referee: Mr T.Loughnan (Manawatu)
7. August 19 v. WAlKATO*, at Hamilton
Lost 14-23
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.A.Cotter and H.F.Reedy, tries
N.F.Kjestrup, 2 penalty goals
Referee: ===========
8. August 26 v. WANGANUI, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 9-17
Wai-Bush Scorers :
N.F.Kjestrup, 3 penalty goals
Referee: Mr B.Courtney (Wellington)
9. August 31 v POVERTY BAY*, at Rugby Park, Pahiatua
Won 30-6
Wai-Bush Scorers : R.E.Robertson (2), D.A.Spowart (2) and R.M.Cooper, tries
N.F.Kjestrup, 5 conversions
Referee: Mr T.Nairne (Manawatu)
10. September 7 v THAMES VALLEY*, at Paeroa
Lost 12-16
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.A.Cotter and D.A.Spowart, tries
N.F.Kjestrup 2 conversions
Referee: ========
11. September 10 v. BAY OF PLENTY*, at Rotorua
Lost 7-18
Wai-Bush Scorers : J.A.Cottter try
R.Geange, penalty goal
Referee: ======
12. September 16 v. KING COUNTRY*, at Memorial Park, Masterton
Lost 10-13
Wai-Bush Scorers : M.E.Cornford, try
J.A.Cotter, 2 dropped goals
Referee: Mr C.Broadhead (Wanganui)
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1978 {Total Games}
N. F. Kjestrup Gladstone 12
D. A. Spowart Masterton Red Star 10
M. E. Cornford Eketahuna
B. B. Patrick Gladstone 3
H. F. Reedy Pioneer
J. A. Cotter Carterton 11
l. B. Blake Carterton
H. T. Huriwai Masterton Red Star 9
I. R. Snook Pioneer 7
R. Qeange Carterton
B. Stuart Pongaroa (A)
R. E. Robertson Greytown
R. M. Cooper Tuhirangi 11
S. R. Thompson Gladstone 12
B. W. J. Clarke Masterton Red Star
A. R. ‘Tony’ Foreman Eketahuna
J. W. Cole Greytown
W. N. Rowlands Masterton Red Star 6
G. K. McGlashan Masterton Red Star 6
R. R. Fauval Masterton Red Star
P. Hawkins Martinborough 1
R. B. Playle Carterton 9
B. H. Mitchinson Masterton 2
A. Schofield East Coast 8
B. McKenzie Tiraumea (A)
l. F. Turley Masterton Red Star
S. Daysh Carterton
Q. Hansen Tuhirangi
D. Pitt Greytown
(A) Puketoi Sub-union