Match Center

Thames Valley RFU

Wairarapa Bush

10

Thames Valley

42
Heartland Championship Saturday 18 September @ 2:30 pm Masterton

Heartland Rugby Game 1 2021

Ross Cooper delivered the Presidents’ Cup to the Wairarapa Rugby Union last Friday and the Swamp Foxes brought it back to the Valley on Sunday. A 42-10 victory over Bush at Masterton gave Thames Valley the honour of being the first winners of this new trophy.

In spite of many errors by both sides the Thames Valley forwards were in control for much of the game. Conrad McVerry and Cameron Dromgool proved to be a dynamic duo in the second row and they led a pack of committed and enthusiastic team mates.

The Thames Valley back line has few opportunities in the first half but twice backs and forwards combined to set up tries -the first for Telly Hemepo and the second to Josh Kaho. Todd Doolin added  a conversion and a penalty goal to give the Swamp Foxes a lead of 15-10 at half time. Wairarapa Bush had scored a converted try right on half time to go with an earlier penalty goal.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

After the break another penalty goal by Doolin extended the lead to 18-10 and then then in the 51st minute ill -discipline resulted in Wairarapa Bush receiving a red and a yellow card. The home side did not learn from their mistakes and nine minutes later lost another player to a red card when the Valley loosie, Ben Stephens was carried off the field after being tackled head high.

For a short time the Bush only had 12 men on the field but Captain Johan van Vliet led by example in urging his troops to defend, defend, defend! Finally, the defence cracked and Josh Kaho went over for his second try. There was no conversion and Thames Valley led 23-10.

Wairarapa Bush were back to fourteen players for the final ten minutes but the Swamp Foxes showed their class by running up nineteen points during this period. Doolin, Sione Vakapuna Etoni and Luke Masirewa scored tries two of which were converted by Doolin.

All in all a satisfactory start for the Swamp Foxes – the foundation is there for future success and the team will benefit from this hit out as they strive to be more accurate in all phases of their game.

For Thames Valley: Tries by Josh Kaho (2), Telly Hemopo, Todd Doolin, Sione Vakapuna Etoni and Luke Masirewa. Two penalty goals and 3 conversions by Todd Doolin.

For Wairarapa Bush: Try by Moomoo Falaniko, Penalty and conversion by Tipene Haira

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

**PROVISIONAL TABLE

Wairarapa Bush 10 - 42 Thames Valley

  • Saturday 18 September 2021 @ 2:30 pm
  • Heartland Championship 
  • Masterton
  • Referee: George Haswell
TR CON PEN DG
16 Sione Vakapuna'Etoni Tevita Halafihi 1
17 Cody Muir Sam Van Der Valk
18 Trinity McQueen Te Huia Kutia
19 Tyler Relph Josh Kaho
20 Ryan Leopold Matt McCahon
21 Jack Kingsford Ben Stephens
22 Tiaontin Raoren Telly Hemopo
23
Played
11
Won
0
Drawn
12
Lost

Previous meetings

10 Aug 76 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 20 - 11
09 Aug 77 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 22 - 12
07 Sep 78 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 16 - 12
25 Aug 79 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 07 - 12
09 Aug 80 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 03 - 17
01 Sep 81 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 32 - 06
19 Aug 89 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 06 - 13
22 Aug 91 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 08 - 06
05 Sep 92 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 36 - 22
12 Oct 96 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 24 - 27
30 Aug 97 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 43 - 06
10 Oct 98 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 28 - 17
17 Sep 05 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 38 - 11
25 Aug 07 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 5 - 41
27 Sep 08 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 11 - 0
06 Aug 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 26 - 53
12 Oct 13 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 23 - 15
27 Sep 14 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 20 - 18
22 Aug 15 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 9 - 36
17 Sep 16 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 28 - 18
01 Sep 18 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 32 - 44
21 Sep 19 1:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Wairarapa Bush 29 - 23
18 Sep 21 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush v Thames Valley 10 - 42