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Lochore Meads Scroll Saturday 26 September @ 5:00 pm Memorial Park, Masterton

Farriers Wairarapa-Bush withstood a strong second half comeback to beat King Country 22-18 and win the inaugural game for the Lochore-Meads Memorial Scroll, which recognises the contributions of the late Sir Brian Lochore and Sir Colin Meads.

The impressive scroll, was designed by Meads’ son Glynn, and was presented by him and Lady Pam Lochore before kickoff at Trust House Memorial Park. That was followed by a haka by the combined Wai-Bush and Manawatu Maori sides.

Once play got under way the home side dominated the early exchanges.

Debutant first-five Sam Morison had an early chance to settle his nerves with a 30m kick from in front, which he duly slotted.

Morison missed a similar attempt shortly afterwards but made amends with a superb sideline conversion of centre Nikora Ewe’s opening try, which came from a slick backline move started by a break from livewire winger Inia Katia.

Morison was originally listed to start at fullback, but coach Joe Harwood made a late change to start the Carterton first-five in his regular position.

“I thought he did some really good stuff out there and he got us out of trouble a couple of times when he had to, and for a first run for a young fella in a pivotal position he did really well,” Harwood said.

Former Dutch international flanker Johan van Vliet was next on the scoresheet burrowing over from a lineout drive.

If the first half was all Wai-Bush, the second half mostly belonged to King Country.

Joe Tako had a barnstorming game at blindside flanker.

Two penalties to first-five Kieron Rollinson and a try to fullback Mohi Roberts closed the gap to 15-11 with 21 minutes to play.

That fired up the home side and they responded with their best attacking play of the second period.

A try to replacement prop Sam Gammie after 74 minutes made the score 22-11, and took the game out of King Country’s reach, although the visitors did reply with a converted try on fulltime.

Harwood said it wasn’t pretty, but he’ll take the win.

“We were light with a bit of firepower in some positions, but the boys worked hard, and we spoke about what we had to do at halftime because we were a bit flat in terms of our shape.

“In the second half we tried to play footy within our 30-metre mark instead of just getting back downtown and putting the ball in front of the forwards.”

Harwood was also impressed with another of the young guns, Himiona Haira, who replaced van Vliet when he was forced from the field with a cut to the head.

“We could have put Johie back on, but it was a good chance for Himiona to get some more experience and he’s an energetic young fella.”

“I also thought [blindside flanker] Joe Tako had a big game. He did a lot work defensively and was strong in the pick-and-goes and got us over the gainline.”

Wairarapa-Bush RU 22 - 18 King Country

  • Saturday 26 September 2020 @ 5:00 pm
  • Lochore Meads Scroll 
  • Memorial Park, Masterton
  • Referee: Alistair Payne (Wairarapa-Bush)
TR CON PEN DG
16 Sam Siaosi Elijah-James Pakoti
17 Tupou Lea’aemanu Max Tufuga
18 Sam Gammie Tom McKay 1
19 475 Tavita A. Isaac Joseva Tako
20 Himiona Haira Johan J.A. van Vliet
21 Lee Thomson Nick Birchfield
22 Leo Eneliko Sam Morison
34
Played
19
Won
1
Drawn
14
Lost

Previous meetings

07 Aug 1971 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 05 - 09
26 Aug 1972 2:30 pm Representative Match King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 20 - 15
05 Aug 1973 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 25 - 06
31 Aug 1974 2:30 pm Representative Match King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 10 - 21
06 Sep 1975 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 28 - 17
28 Jul 1976 2:30 pm 2nd Division North Island NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 06 - 03
10 May 1977 2:30 pm 2nd Division North Island NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 13 - 09
16 Sep 1978 2:30 pm 2nd Division North Island NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 10 - 13
15 Sep 1979 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 14 - 12
26 Aug 1980 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 09 - 09
11 Aug 1981 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 03 - 09
29 Aug 1982 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 12 - 09
06 Aug 1983 2:30 pm Representative Match King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 15 - 17
19 Sep 1984 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 12 - 11
10 Sep 1988 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 15 - 25
30 Sep 1989 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 25 - 22
19 Sep 1990 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 19 - 10
25 Sep 1991 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 16 - 31
26 Sep 1997 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 38 - 21
05 Sep 1998 2:30 pm 2nd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 25 - 05
24 Aug 2002 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 11 - 26
04 Oct 2003 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 24 - 18
04 Sep 2004 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 30 - 17
03 Sep 2005 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 26 - 29
01 Sep 2007 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 16 - 08
16 Oct 2010 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 22 - 43
23 Oct 2010 5:00 pm Heartland Championship-S/F Lochore Cup King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 17 - 21
29 Sep 2012 5:00 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 15 - 25
21 Sep 2013 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 34 - 13
23 Aug 2014 5:00 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 32 - 13
27 Aug 2016 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 16 - 18
09 Sep 2017 2:30 pm Heartland Championship King Country v Wairarapa-Bush RU 32 - 25
07 Sep 2019 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 37 - 31
26 Sep 2020 5:00 pm Lochore Meads Scroll Wairarapa-Bush RU v King Country 22 - 18