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1999

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Season

1999 Status:
Third Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
B.G.Whale
Chairman:
G.A.Lind
.Executive.Officer:
A.J.O’Neill
Selector:
M.F.C.Benton
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity:
10,000
Colours:
Green and Red

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Wairarapa Bush had never experienced third division rugby before 1999, and were to discover that victories were no easier to achieve in the lower reaches of the NPC. Having won only one second division game in 1998, the union was relegated to the bottom grade for the first time, where their return was a sole success against Buller and a draw against South Canterbury. In fact, Wairarapa Bush scored half the number of tries in 1999 that they had in the higher division a year earlier.

New coach Mark Benton, who had played during the union’s first division reign, had big problems fielding a competitive team. In total 45 players were used, twelve making just one appearance.

The promising three-quarter Russell Thompson retumed after representing Counties Manukau to link with experienced backs Nathan and Ben Couch, Neil Foote and Robin Walker. All the other backs used had had little or no previous rep experience. Neil Rodger, an Under 17 interna tional in 1989, had some good games as did winger Karl Halbert and halfback James Bruce.

The team’s strength was in the loose forward department where several experienced players, captain Mike Fleming, Germaine Anaha, Aaron Satehwell, Simon Searle and David Ewe, a 1989 Kiwi league rep, were very mobile and constantly harassed the opposition. Anaha was selected for the New Zealand Maori Colts team. A big lock, 19-year-old James Saipani, made an impression when he appeared. Mike Robinson, a Wellington rep in 1998, boosted the locking position.

1999 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 3 ; Lost 3
Points : For 20 ; Against 182
1. June 2 vs Manawatu , at Palmerston North {Bruce Steel Cup}
Lost 08 – 48
Wai-Bush Scorers : N.Couch Try
N.Couch (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr B.Galloway (Hawke’s Bay)
2. July 24 vs Waikato , at Hamilton {Ranfurly Shield}
Lost 06 – 74
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Rodger (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr K.M.Deaker (Hawke’s Bay)
3. August 11 vs Bay of Plenty , at Masterton
Lost 06 – 60
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Rodger (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.J.Rooney (Manawatu)
1999 NPC Third Division Match Record: Played 8Won 1 ; Drew 1 ;  Lost 6
Points : For 93 Against 161

1. August 21 vs West Coast, at Masterton
Lost 0 – 9
Wai-Bush Scorers : —
Referee: Mr S.F.Herbert (Wellington)
2. August 28  vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Masterton
Lost 10 – 26
Wai-Bush Scorers : Searle Try
Rodger (1) Conversion  (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr M.L.Peters (Bay of Plenty)
3. September 4 vs East Coast, at Masterton
Lost 15 – 31
Wai-Bush Scorers : Hargood , Fleming Tries
Foote (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr A.F.Greene (Waikato)
4. September 11  vs Buller, at Westport
Won 41 – 10
Wai-Bush Scorers : Anaha, R.Thompson, Bruce, Searle, Penalty Try , tries
Foote (5) Conversions  (1) Penalty Goal ; N.Couch (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr P.W.Nock (Northland)
5. September 18 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Lost 03 – 25
Wai-Bush Scorers : 
Foote (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr M.L.Peters (Bay of Plenty)
6. September 25 vs South Canterbury, at Masterton
Drew 12 – 12
Wai-Bush Scorers : Te Ture, Hooper, Stewart-McDonald, tries
Foote (3) Penalty Goals (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr B.J.Lawrence (Bay of Plenty)
7. October 2 vs North Otago, at Oamaru
Lost 00 – 17
Wai-Bush Scorers : 
Referee: Mr A.F.Greene (Waikato)
8. October 9 vs West Coast, at Greymouth
Lost 12 – 31
Wai-Bush Scorers : Foote, Molenaar, Tries
Foote (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr P.W.Nock (Northland)
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 1999 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
G.S.Anaha Masterton Red Star 18
S.J.Booth Masterton Red Star 9
J.Bruce Gladstone
9
N.Byron Easts – Queensland RFU Aust. 1
R.Clathworthy Marist
1
B.F.Couch Marist 21
N.L.A.Couch Marist
29
L.Crafar Johnsonville – Wellington RU 2
D.Ewe Marist 9
M.J.Fleming Greytown 33
N.M.W.Foote Marist
66
M.Gibbs Eketahuna
8
K.Halbert Petone – Wellington RU
8
K.T.Hargood Marist 23
Te R.J.Henare Pioneer 1
N.Henrickson Puketoi
3
D.W.Hume Tuhirangi
11
L.Ili Upper Hutt – Wellington RU
8
D.Kapene Martinborough 3
C.Karaitiana Masterton Red Star 1
A.Laffey Marist
9
E.Lambert Marist 3
R.Lopez Gladstone 2
D.Maitland Marist 1
A.Matenga East Coast
4
L.Matthews Greytown
1
J.Maugatai Masterton Red Star
1
K.Middleton Marist
3
D.G.Mitchell East Coast
13
T.Molenaar East Coast
4
S.T.Namana Carterton
11
L.Paku Marist
10
T.Para Marist
7
P.Rimene Marist
1
M.R.Robinson Upper Hutt – Wellington RU
14
N.T.Rodger Carterton
8
P.Rogers Greytown
1
J.Saipani Gladstone
8
A.W.Satchwell Eketahuna
22
S.Searle Carterton
16
G.Stretch Masterton Red Star
2
R.T.Thompson Marist
16
V.G.Thompson Masterton Red Star
5
R.W.Walker Featherston
20
A.Wickman Masterton Red Star
1