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2006 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
Assistant Coach: C.J.Luman
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Green and Red

meadscupPerhaps the most lasting impression of Wairarapa Bush’s Meads Cup title will be the team’s tenacious defence, not only in the final against Wanganui, but also the week earlier against North Otago in the semi-final. On both occasions the side had to repel wave upon wave of charges at their line during the final ten minutes of play.

It was desperate defence, players had to make big tackles, get up and tackle again, and again. Had they cracked in the semi·fina1 there would have been no next week for the Bush. Had they cracked in the final there would have been no glory. For many in the team it was their third final in three years, they were accustomed to pressure.

The 2006 team may not have the quality players of former decades when the union was once in the NPC first division, or earlier when the Ranfurly Shield was held but it is doubtful any previous team would have defended more valiantly than the 2006 side. It was the heroic defensive effort which brought home the prize and for that success the team should be long remembered in Wairarapa Bush history alongside the great eras ofthe past.

Hooker Joe Harwood was an inspiring captain forming a solid frontrow with Dylan Higgison and Albertus Buckle. Former captain Mike Robinson and Tomasi Kedrabuka were a tower of strength at lock with the tall Fijian Langi Peters a handy substitute. Sam Henderson, Sylvanus Iro and Michael Spence were equal to any loose forward trio in the competition.

The inside backs were seasoned players in halfbacks Hamish McKenzie and James Bruce, and first five Patrick Rimene, who set a new point scoring record for the union. Nathan Riwai-Couch was a rock at second five while Simanu Simanu was efficient but did not score the tries he achieved a year earlier. Etuale ‘Junior’ Togia and Francis Seumanutafa were dangerous on the wings, both newcomers from Wellington. At fullback another Wellington player, Peato Lafaele, was a dangerous counter-attacker.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland XV:  Harwood, Henderson, Higgison, Iro, McKenzie, Rimene, Riwai-Couch.

2006 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 1 ; Lost 1
Points :For 10 ; Against 96
1. July 11 vs Canterbury, at Christchurch {Ranfurly Shield}
Lost 10 – 96
Wai-Bush Scorers : Henderson Try
Rimene (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr J.M.White
2006 Heartland Match Record: Played 10; Won 9; Lost 1
Points :For 252 ; Against 163
1. August 19 vs Buller, at Masterton
Won 31 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers :Seumanutafa (2), Henderson, Harwood tries
Rimene (4) Conversions (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr G.L.Williamson
2. August 26 vs West Coast, at Masterton
Won 31 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers : Seumanutafa , Buckle, Iro tries
Rimene (2) Conversions (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr S.W.McDermott
3. September 2 vs East Coast, at Ruatoria
Won 10 – 06
Wai-Bush Scorers : Togia Try
Rimene (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr B.D.Skeen
4. September 9 vs North Otago , at Masterton
Won 19 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers :  Henderson Try
Rimene (1) Conversion (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr J.S.C.McPhail
5. September 16 vs Mid Canterbury, at Ashburton
Won 20 – 19
Wai-Bush Scorers : Spence, Kedrabuka, Buckle tries
Rimene (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr J.B.Noonan
6. September 23 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Masterton
Won 31 – 11
Wai-Bush Scorers : McKenzie, Lafaele, Simanu Tries
Rimene (2) Conversions (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr J.B.Noonan
7. September 30 vs South Canterbury, at Masterton
Won 47 – 17
Wai-Bush Scorers : Togia (2),McKenzie, Kedrabuka, Seumanutafa, Harwood, Lafaele Tries
Rimene (6) Conversions
Referee: Mr B.D.Skeen
8. October 7 vs Wanganui, at Wanganui
Lost 22 – 28
Wai-Bush Scorers : Harwood, Iro, Riwai-Couch tries
Rimene (2) Conversions (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr J.B.Noonan
9. October 14 vs North Otago, at Masterton {Meads Cup Semi-Final}
Won 25 – 19
Wai-Bush Scorers : Harwood, Riwai-Couch, Togia tries
Rimene (2) Conversions (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr M.V.Stanish
10. October 21 vs Wanganui, at Wanganui {Meads Cup Final}
Won 16 – 14
Wai-Bush Scorers : Seumanutafa Try
Rimene (1) Conversion (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr M.V.Stanish
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2006 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
R.Batty Gladstone 1
J.C.Bruce Gladstone 55
A.Buckle Carterton
B.W.Duffin Carterton 10
T.Harmon Pioneer 10
J.R.Harwood Carterton
S.W.Henderson Gladstone 31
D.M.Higgison Greytown-Tuhirangi 32
S.R.Iro Greytown-Tuhirangi
T.T.Kedrabuka Carterton 21
P.Lafaele Northern Utd -Wellington RU
H.M.McKenzie Eketahuna 47
L.D.Peters Carterton 10
C.D.Reid Marist 9
P.H.Rimene Marist 60
N.L.A.Riwai-Couch Marist
M.R.Robinson Upper Hutt – Wellington RU 71
B.R.Rudman Greytown-Tuhirangi
D.C.Rutherford Gladstone 6
F.P.Seumanutafa Northern Utd – Wellington RU 10
M.P.P.Shaw Gladstone 5
S.F.Simanu Eketahuna 48
M.R.Spence Gladstone
L.D.Stevenson Carterton 2
E.Togia Tawa – Wellington RU 11
B.H.Walker Eketahuna 18
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