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Pre Season Saturday 5 May @ 5:05 pm Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Wairarapa-Bush No 8 Christopher Raymond claiming a lineout in Saturday’s game. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

RUGBY –  JAKE BELESKI https://times-age.co.nz/

The scoreline may not have reflected it, but there were plenty of positives for Wairarapa-Bush to build on after their 6-32 loss to Horowhenua-Kapiti in a pre-season clash in Wellington on Saturday.

The match for the PGG Wrightson Trophy was played as a curtain-raiser to the Hurricanes match against the Lions, and in typical Wellington fashion a strong wind made playing conditions difficult for both teams.

Wairarapa-Bush hooker James Pakoti on the burst. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

The final quarter was one-way traffic as Horowhenua-Kapiti – runners-up in last year’s Heartland Championship – finished the stronger of the two sides, but the first half provided a solid foundation for Wairarapa-Bush to work with moving forward.

Horowhenua-Kapiti had the better of the opening exchanges, and first five-eighth Leon Ellison crashed over from close range to open the scoring after five minutes.

Wairarapa-Bush looked the team most likely to score throughout the rest of the first half, but errors at crucial times ensured they never managed to cross the line.

Centre Nicholas Mason was a threat every time he touched the ball, but was also guilty of not passing to unmarked supporting players on two occasions which would almost certainly have resulted in tries.

Two penalties to winger Moo Moo Falaniko closed the gap to 7-6, but Wairarapa-Bush would have been disappointed to not capitalize on the numerous chances created on attack.

Wairarapa-Bush looked dangerous when they managed to put phases together, with captain Cyrus Baker and vice-captain Sam Gammie leading from the front and making several strong charges between them.

A penalty to Horowhenua-Kapiti on the stroke of halftime gave them a 10-6 lead heading into the break and was a testament to their tenacious defensive effort.

Wairarapa-Bush would have been hoping for a solid start to the second half, but they got the opposite as Horowhenua-Kapiti lock Ryan Shelford barged his way over in the 42nd minute to quickly extend their advantage to 17-6.

The swirling breeze made it difficult for either team to use their kicking game as an attacking weapon and resulted in a long period of play in which neither team looked likely to score.

The wheels fell off for Wairarapa-Bush in the final quarter, however, as Horowhenua-Kapiti clicked into gear and ran in a further three tries to blow out the final score.

Wairarapa-Bush showed plenty of enterprise on attack and looked solid in defence for the most part, but will need to make more of their opportunities if they are to compete with the top sides in the competition when the Heartland championship starts in August.

Their next assignment will be another pre-season match against Hawke’s Bay on June 4.

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Drawn
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Lost

Previous meetings

20 Jul 1997 2:30 pm Pre-Season Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 33 - 12
27 May 1998 2:30 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 38 - 30
28 Aug 1999 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 10 - 26
30 Sep 2000 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 07 - 24
06 Oct 2001 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 00 - 31
07 Sep 2002 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 20 - 22
13 Sep 2003 2:30 pm 3rd Division NPC Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 34 - 12
28 Aug 2004 5:00 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 35 - 18
27 Aug 2005 5:00 pm 3rd Division NPC Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 50 - 03
15 Oct 2005 5:00 pm 3rd Division NPC - Final Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 28 - 23
23 Sep 2006 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 31 - 11
08 Sep 2007 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 18 - 12
13 Sep 2008 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 31 - 36
18 Oct 2008 5:00 pm Heartland Championship-S/F Lochore Cup Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 37 - 17
22 Aug 2009 5:00 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 26 - 21
19 Sep 2009 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 13 - 12
09 Oct 2010 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 31 - 17
17 Sep 2011 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 47 - 10
26 May 2012 5:00 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 29 - 18
18 Aug 2012 5:00 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 51 - 17
13 Oct 2012 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 05 - 31
17 Aug 2013 5:00 pm Representative Match Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 34 - 19
14 Sep 2013 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 22 - 15
20 Sep 2014 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 12 - 09
26 Sep 2015 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 33 - 19
03 Sep 2016 5:00 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 22 - 32
01 Oct 2017 12:10 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 12 - 38
05 May 2018 5:05 pm Pre Season Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 32 - 06
22 Sep 2018 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 37 - 21
28 Oct 2018 2:30 pm Heartland Championship-Lochore Cup Final Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 26 - 23
05 Oct 2019 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 25 - 20
19 Sep 2020 2:30 pm PGG Wrightson Cup Horowhenua-Kapiti v Wairarapa-Bush RU 08 - 43
10 Oct 2020 2:30 pm Bruce Steel Cup Wairarapa-Bush RU v Horowhenua-Kapiti 47 - 24