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2001 Status:
Third Division
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Green and Red

Results of early-season fixtures suggested that Wairarapa Bush would enjoy a profitable NPC campaign but losing three of the first four championship games placed the team on the back foot and they had to fight to clinch a semi-final position. The build-up began with a memorable 20-15 win over a Wellington XV, Wairarapa Bush taking possession of the Jimmy Cotter Memorial Trophy for the first time in many years. After a narrow loss to Wanganui, an encouraging 20-19 victory was gained over Manawatu. The final game before the NPC was a 19-39 loss to Marlborough.

Only the Wanganui game had first-class status.”

The 6-20 loss to North Otago, at the start of the NPC, became the heaviest defeat of the campaign and it was unfortunate that 20-year-old Aayden Clarke missed a possible eighteen points with his goalkicking. Both games against South Canterbury were very close; with an ounce of luck the semi-final could have been won.

Mike Robinson again led the team from the back of the scrum though his own form was hampered by injury. Germaine Anaha had an outstanding season, the pacy flanker gaining a Divisional trial. Stanley Afeaki, brother of Wellington’s Inoke Afeaki, was the other flanker. James Saipani and Norm Henricksen were the regular locks with the two metre tall Stuart Smith improving immensely as a lineout exponent.

Former Samoan and Marlborough hooker Jason Adamson formed a solid front row with props Justin Va’a and Rakai Te Ture. Jordan Saipani is a highly promising 20-year-old prop who appeared in the early season games.

Nathan Sanson was the regular halfback. Darren Kapene played outside him until being moved to fullback, where he was able to use his attacking skills to better advantage. Jamie Stewart-McDonald was moved from wing to midfield where his strength was used to good effect.

South African Jaco Pieterse, a Marlborough rep in 1997, became the regular centre while the wing positions were shared between three very youthful but promising speedsters. Former national secondary schools hockey rep Lance Workman was in only his second year of rugby and is a sharp runner. lliesa Durrant and Anthony Hullena, both just 18 years old, possess pace, with the latter, although small, being deceptively quick and perhaps the standout back of the season. Fullback Patrick Rimene was injured mid·season.

2001 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 1 ; Lost 1
Points : For 26 ; Against 33
1. June 13 vs Wanganui , at Wanganui {Bruce Steel Cup}
Lost 26 – 33
Wai-Bush Scorers : Stewart-McDonald, Hullena, Workman tries
Kapene (1) Conversion (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr A.Small (Wellington)
2001 NPC Third Division Match Record: Played 7 ; Won 3; Lost 4
Points : For 150 ; Against 96
1. August 25 vs North Otago, at Masterton
Lost 06 – 20
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Clarke (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr V.Munroe (Canterbury)
2. September 1 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru
Lost 10 – 12
Wai-Bush Scorers : Afeaki Try
Kapene (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr C.J.Rooney (Manawatu)
3. September 15 vs West Coast, at Masterton
Won 47 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers : F.Saipani (2), Smith, Hullena, Anaha, Va’a  tries
Kapene (4) Conversions (2) Penalty Goals (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr C.J.R.Morgan (Auckland)
4. September 22 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Lost 21 – 28
Wai-Bush Scorers : F.Saipani, Durrant, tries
Kapene (1) Conversion (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.Pollock (Wellington)
5. September 29 vs Buller, at Masterton
Won 21 – 05
Wai-Bush Scorers : Stewart-McDonald, Simanu tries
Kapene (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal , Gemmell (2) Drop Goals
Referee: Mr C.J.Rooney (Manawatu)
6. October 6 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Levin
Won 31 – 00
Wai-Bush Scorers : Stewart-McDonald, Va’a, Afeaki, Anaha, Workman  tries
Kapene (3) Conversions
Referee: Mr C.Pollock (Wellington)
7. October 13 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru {Semi Final}
Lost 14 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers : Adamson, Try
Kapene (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr B.J.McDonald (Taranaki)
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2001 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
J.P.Adamson Marist 8
S.I.A.Afeaki Petone – Wellington RU 7
G.S.Anaha Masterton Red Star
J.C.Bruce Gladstone 18
A.J.Clarke Napier Pirates – Hawke’s Bay RU
D.J.Drummond Marist 1
I.Durrant Greytown 5
D.Fenwick Greytown 6
T.P.Gemmell Wainuiomata – Wellington RU 16
N.Giera Marist St Pats – Wellington RU 1
N.A.Henricksen Puketoi
A.J.Hullena Gladstone
L.F.Ili Marist 14
D.Kapene Petone – Wellington RU 10
R.A.McDonald Marist 5
M.B.Percy East Coast
F.J.Pieterse Masterton Red Star
P.H.Rimene Marist 13
M.R.Robinson Greytown 31
F.J.T.Saipani Gladstone 24
J.Saipani Gladstone
N.K.Sanson Masterton Red Star
B.Saolele Northern Utd – Wellington RU
P.D.Saxton Greytown 4
S.G.Smith Eketahuna
J.F.Stewart-McDonald Marist 17
R.Te Ture PNHSOB – Manawatu RU
J.H.Va’a Wainuiomata – Wellington RU
L.M.Workman Greytown