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2013

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Season

2013 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1886 – Affiliated 1893 – Amalgamated 1971
President:
R.B.Playle
Chairman:
P.L.Ammunson
Chief.Executive.Officer:
A.R.Hargood
Coach:
M.P.Rutene
Assistant Coach:
P.A.Gough
Main ground:
Memorial Park , Masterton
Capacity:
10,000
Colours:
Green and Red

After seven matches, Wairarapa Bush had six wins and were in second place with the same number of points as leader Mid Canterbury. With the last round robin match to go, and a top two finish and home semi-final likely, a poor loss in tough conditions to Thames Valley at Paeroa meant finishing third and an away semi-final to North Otago. At Oamaru, in a thriller each side scored six tries, but Wairarapa Bush were down 12-31 at halftime and despite an improved second half eventually lost 34-48.

The team was very consistently selected. Nick Olson was a dangerous runner and safe at fullback. Of the wings Paul Tikomainavalu was the standout, with Hayton and Hunt having less opportunities. Byron Karaitiana had a cutting edge at second five-eighth, and it was only at centre where the coach had to make a selection change due to form with Tapaga Isaac being preferred in the second half of the season. At first five-eighth Glen Walters again made a difference with his boot for goal and position. Zeb Aporo and his deputy Inia Katia were both good halfbacks with a good service.

Nathan Iro was a hard to stop number eight. Captain Johan Van Vliet started off slow but hit form by the end. In form blindside flanker James Goodger suffered a broken jaw against West Coast and didn’t play again until the last match. He was missed. Lachie McFadzean showed up well at lock and was partnered throughout by Clark Butcher. At prop Finnbarr Kerr-Newell shone in the tight and made many strong charges and Jonathan Fuimaono similarly added consistent impact coming off the bench. Richard Puddy played every game at hooker.

Just 27 players were used, with only seven being new. Of the newcomers Paul Tikomainavalu had previously represented Poverty Bay. Campbell Lawrence had last appeared in 2011 and Ben Pereira in 2009. 2012 captain Kurt Simmonds was out injured.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: Hayton, L.McFadzean, Walters

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Wairarapa Bush 2013
Pre-Season Match Record: Played 4 ; Won 3 ; Lost 1
Points : For 113; Against 95
1. vs USA Collegiate , at Masterton
Won 30 – 23
2. vs Wanganui
Lost 20 – 39
3. vs Poverty Bay
Won 29 – 14
4. August 17 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti, at Otaki
Won 34 – 19
Wai-Bush Scorers : Paraima-Lewington , Van Vliet , Aporo , Goodger , Tikomainavalu tries
Karaitiana (2)conversions , Walters 1 Conversion , 1 Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.P.M.Williams
2013 Heartland Match Record: Played 9 ; Won 6 ; Lost 3
Points :For 237; Against 192
1. August 24 vs North Otago, at Oamaru
Won 20 – 18
Wai-Bush Scorers : Kerr-Newell ,N.Hunt tries
Walters (2) Conversions , (1) Penalty Goal , (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr.B.D.O’Keefe
2. August 31 vs West Coast, at Masterton
Won 32 – 12
Wai-Bush Scorers : Olson , Fuimaono , Kerr-Newell , Tikomainavalu tries
Walters (2) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.A.Aso (Japan)
3. September 7 vs Mid Canterbury, at Ashburton
Lost 23 – 29
Wai-Bush Scorers : Tikomainavalu , J.McFadzean tries
Walters (2) Conversions , (3) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.P.M.Williams
4. September 14 vs Horowhenua-Kapiti , at Masterton
Won 22 – 15
Wai-Bush Scorers : Tikomainavalu try
Walters (1) Conversion , (5) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon
5. September 21 vs King Country, at Masterton
Won 34 – 13
Wai-Bush Scorers : Kerr-Newell , Hayton , Karaitiana , Fuimaono tries
Walters (4) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.H.R.Walker
6. September 28 vs Buller , at Westport
Won 13 – 03
Wai-Bush Scorers : Hayton Try
Walters (1) Conversion , (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.P.M.Williams
7. October 5 vs East Coast, at Masterton
Won 44 – 31
Wai-Bush Scorers : Marshall-Wilson , N.Hunt , Tikomainavalu , Pereira , Olson , J.Hunt tries
Walters (4) Conversions , (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.L.D.Scanlon
8. October 12 vs Thames Valley, at Paeroa
Lost 15 – 23
Wai-Bush Scorers : Walters (5) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.A.W.B.Mabey
9. October 19 vs North Otago, at Oamaru { Meads Cup Semi Final}
Lost 34 – 48
Wai-Bush Scorers : Karaitiana (2) , Puddy (2) , Van Vliet , Pereira tries
Walters (2) Conversions
Referee: Mr.M.G.Lash
Wairarapa Bush REPRESENTATIVES 2013 + {Total Games for WBRFU}
Zeb Aporo East Coast 22
Joe Beech O.B.University – Wgtn 1
Clark Butcher East Coast 10
Jonathon Fuimaono O.B.University – Wgtn 19
James Goodger Marist 21
Wiremu Grace East Coast 8
Lance Graves Gladstone 3
Cameron Hayton Gladstone 20
Jamie Hunt Bush Sports 21
Nathan Hunt Martinborough 21
Nathan Iro Greytown 9
Tapaga Isaac Greytown 11
Byron Karaitiana East Coast 42
Inia Katia Gladstone 28
Finnbarr Kerr-Newell O.B.University – Wgtn 10
Campbell Lawrence Bush Sports 17
Sam Marshall-Wilson Bush Sports 8
John McFadzean Carterton 28
Lachlan McFadzean Carterton 18
Nick Olson East Coast 59
Titapu Pairama-Lewington O.B.University – Wgtn 19
Ben Pereira East Coast 11
Richard Puddy Gladstone 43
Joseph Sio Greytown 6
Paul Tikomainavalu Carterton 10
Johan.Van.Vliet..capt........... Eketahuna 30
Glen Walters Greytown 21