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WEST COAST RFU – 2004

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Season

2004

2004 Status:
Third Division
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
President:
I.Hourston
Chairman:
W.A.Leach
Chief.Executive.Officer:
M.Connors
Coach:
K.D.Hansen
Assistant Coach:
P.B.Mac
.Main.ground:
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
Capacity:
.8,000
Colours:
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

A convincing 23-0 win over neighbours Buller and a historic win over King Country were highlights of West Coast’s season. In the final game the team put in a good performance against the eventual champions, Poverty Bay, despite the 24-53 score line.

The Rundle Cup was gained when Buller was beaten 18 – 13 in a pre-NPC match and in another non-first class match the Coast was well beaten 125 – 7 by New Zealand Universities. Kelly Hansen, a former Canterbury rep and brother of the All Black assistant coach Steve, was promoted to coach and his assistant was former North Auckland and Taranaki rep Peter Mac.

Luke O’Donnell returned to the union after playing in South Canterbury the previous year and became the regular fullback. Two schoolboys were on the wings, Leighton Bill and Manu Weepu, a cousin of the new All Black halfback. The experience pairing of Iowane Seru and Daniel Tauwhare formed the midfield combination and inside them was Anthony Lawry with Wiremu Gray at halfback.

Peter Nicholls was again the captain and led the side well in every game. Chris Connors, Joe Nasalo and Hadleigh Smith were regular loose forwards and Warren Rean was at lock. Rean’s locking partner was either Verran Robertson or Nicholls. Matt Kerr was the regular hooker with John Alexander, Tony Oliver, Gordon Iafeta and Drew Davies sharing the prop positions.

2004 Squad

    Position PL
Placeholder Allan.C.Aynsley Lock 3
Placeholder Anthony.D.F.Lawry First Five, Fullback 7
Placeholder Anthony.J. 'Tony' Oliver Hooker 6
Placeholder Carlin Millar Fullback 1
Placeholder Christopher.R.Connors Flanker 7
Placeholder Daniel.J.Tauwhare Centre, Scrum Half 7
Placeholder Drew.R.Davies Prop 6
Placeholder Gordon.H.Iafeta Prop 6
Placeholder Hadleigh.G.M.Smith Flanker 6
Placeholder Iowane.S.Seru Centre 7
Placeholder James.W.Ward Centre 1
Placeholder Jolan.N.McLean Fullback, Winger 4
Placeholder Jordan Alexander Winger 6
Placeholder Josaia Nasalo No. 8 5
Placeholder Kevern.B.Thomson Prop 4
Placeholder Lasa.K.Ulukuta Flanker, Winger 5
Placeholder Leighton.J.Bill Winger 6
Placeholder Luke.R.Dixon Centre, Fullback 7
Placeholder Luke.W.O'Donnell First Five 6
Maleli Mudu Winger 3
Placeholder Manu Weepu Centre 4
Placeholder Matthew.A.Kerr Hooker 7
Placeholder Peter Te Moananui Nicholls Flanker, Lock 7
Rob Thomson Fullback, No. 8, Winger 2
Placeholder Shane.C.O'Dea Flanker, Lock 4
Placeholder Timothy.R.King Scrum Half 6
Placeholder Verran.L.Robertson Lock 4
Placeholder Warren.W.Rean Lock 7
Placeholder Wiremu.T.Gray Scrum Half 7


WEST COAST TEAM RECORD 2004

Played 9 , Won 3 , Lost 6 , Points for 155 , Points against 405
* National Championship Games

THIRD DIVISION
P
W
D
L
Pts
Poverty Bay
7
5
2
27
Wairarapa Bush
7
5
1
1
26
Mid-Canterbury
7
5
2
23
Horowhenua-Kapiti
7
4
1
2
22
King Country
7
3
1
3
16
South Canterbury
7
2
1
4
12
West Coast
7
2
5
10
Buller
7
7
3

Pre Season v Buller (Rundle Cup) , Greymouth Won 18 – 13

Pre Season v New Zealand Universities , Greymouth Lost 7 – 125

 

2004 Fixtures & Results

Sat 01 May 2:30 pm H Rundle Cup Buller 18 - 13
Sat 31 Jul 2:30 pm H Representative Match NZ Universities 07 - 125
Sat 21 Aug 2:30 pm H NPC 3rd Division South Canterbury 10 - 48
Sat 28 Aug 2:30 pm A NPC 3rd Division Mid Canterbury 57 - 24
Sat 04 Sep 2:30 pm H NPC 3rd Division Buller 23 - 00
Sat 11 Sep 2:30 pm A NPC 3rd Division Horowhenua-Kapiti 48 - 15
Sat 18 Sep 2:30 pm H NPC 3rd Division King Country 27 - 19
Sat 25 Sep 2:30 pm A NPC 3rd Division Wairarapa Bush 42 - 07
Sat 02 Oct 2:30 pm H NPC 3rd Division Poverty Bay 24 - 53