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2007 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
G.W.Cheetham, P.J.Stevenson
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Green and Red

It was a much changed team from that which won the Meads Cup in 2006 with several players retiring. Coach Peter Russell had moved to Hawke’s Bay where he produced spectacular results.

New coaches Graeme Cheetham and Lofty Stevenson had to blood many new players who were given a rough baptism in June with heavy losses to a Hawke’s Bay XV (79-0) and Manawatu XV (76-7) then to Poverty Bay (28-15). However, once the competition commenced Wairarapa Bush posted three good wins before being upset by Horowhenua Kapiti at Levin.

The team got back on track with a deserved victory over the favoured North Otago team, at Masterton. It was the third win over the southerners in two years, however, in the semi-final at Oamaru the home team proved too strong.

The only loan player to appear regularly was John Dodd, a five-eighth from Manawatu, who proved a fine tactician and accurate goal-kicker. Only two of the regular backline had previous experience at this level, halfback Hamish McKenzie and fullback Simanu Simanu, both with over 50 games for the union but the newcomers were keen and sometimes produced sparkling rugby.

In midfield were Tapaga Isaac, Jon Guillard and Heemi Tupaea while the wingers were 18 year-old Jordan Fox, Lance Stevenson and Lima Lauvi.

There was more experience in the forwards with the captain Michael Spence, locks Daniel Griffin and Tomasi Kedrabuka, props Brett Rudman and the solid Brendan Walker, and hooker Joe  Harwood.

New forwards to appear frequently include hooker Mosese Gutuvakaca, prop Shane Te Mana, and loose forwards Jared Hawkins, Jared Bambry, Sullivan Alsop and Josh Mackey. If the bulk of the debutantes are available in 2008 Wairarapa Bush will certainly be title contenders again.

2007 Pre-Season Match Record: Played 1 ; Lost 1
Points :For 15 ; Against 28
1. August 11 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Lost 15 – 28
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Dodd (5) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.Morrison (Taranaki)
2007 Heartland Match Record: Played 9 ; Won 5; Lost 4
Points :For 209 ; Against 161
1. August 18 vs West Coast, at Masterton
Won 46 – 00
Wai-Bush Scorers : Simanu (2), Tupaea, Stevenson, Kedrabuka, Guillard, Fox tries
Dodd (3) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal , Simanu (1) Conversion
Referee: Mr B.D.Skeen
2. August 25 vs Thames Valley, at Paeroa
Won 41 – 05
Wai-Bush Scorers : Kedrabuka, Stevenson, Dodd, Guillard, McKenzie tries
Dodd (5) Conversions, (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr G.L.Williamson
3. September 1 vs King Country, at Masterton
Won 16 – 08
Wai-Bush Scorers : Temana, Stevenson Tries
Dodd (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr S.W.McDermott
4. September 8 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti , at Levin
Lost 12 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers :
Dodd (4) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr C.J.Rooney
5. September 15 vs Mid Canterbury, at Masterton
Lost 25 – 36
Wai-Bush Scorers : Stevenson, Tupaea, Alsop tries
Dodd (2) Conversions, (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr J.S.C.McPhail
6. September 22 vs Buller, at Westport
Won 24 – 17
Wai-Bush Scorers : Tupaea, Spence, Hawkins Tries
Dodd (3) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr C.J.Rooney
7. September 29 vs North Otago, at Masterton
Won 15 – 07
Wai-Bush Scorers : Fox (2) Tries
Dodd (1) Conversion, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr K.R.McBride
8. October 6 vs Wanganui, at Wanganui
Lost 17 – 40
Wai-Bush Scorers : Hawkins, McKenzie tries
Dodd (1) Conversion, Simanu (1) Conversion (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr G.L.Williamson
9. October 13 vs North Otago, at Oamaru {Lochore Cup Semi-Final}
Lost 13 – 30
Wai-Bush Scorers : Walker Try
Dodd (1) Conversion, (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr G.L.Williamson
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2007 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
S.D.Alsop Eketahuna 10
P.Aporo Marist 3
Z.Aporo East Coast
J.J.Bambry Puketoi
J.C.Bruce Gladstone 57
J.G.Dodd HSOB – Manawatu RU
J.C.Fox Pioneer 8
D.J.Griffin Eketahuna 20
J.T.Guillard Eketahuna
M.S.Gutuvakaca Carterton 8
J.R.Harwood Carterton 41
J.A.Hawkins Martinborough 5
M.C.Hollis Greytown-Tuhirangi 3
T.P.A.Isaac Greytown-Tuhirangi 10
T.T.Kedrabuka Carterton
L.A.Lauvi Masterton Red Star
W.L.R.Leota Northern Utd – Wellington RU 2
J.H.Mackey Eketahuna
H.M.McKenzie Eketahuna
S.G.Olds Eketahuna 15
N.H.Rolls Pioneers 3
B.R.Rudman Greytown-Tuhirangi 21
S.F.Simanu Eketahuna
M.R.Spence Gladstone 21
L.D.Stevenson Carterton 12
S.K.Temana Eketahuna 10
H.N.Tupaea Masterton Red Star
B.H.Walker Eketahuna 28
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