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2014 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
C.M. (Sam) Viney
C.N (Colin) Smith
Mike Connors
A.C. (Alan) Lindsay
Assistant Coach:
S.J.(Sean) Cuttance
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops

Two wins and a tenth place finish was West Coast’s record for the Heartland Championship in 2014. Last year, close results went their way; this year they didn’t. After the big defeats in the opening two matches, the bonus point for a loss by seven points or less was earned in three of the remaining four defeats. Lack of fitness may have been an issue in the first half of the campaign. In the opening match West Coast led Mid Canterbury 27-13 at halftime but capitulated to lose 27-52.

Thirty-two players were used in the first-class programme with only 11 debuting, so there was experience to call on. New halfback Mark Le Lievre had played for East Coast. Prominent absentees from last year were Josh Manning (Canterbury) and Kevin Moore (unavailable).

Playing mainly at fullback, Josh Costello impressed in all he did, defending well and always looking to counter-attack. On the wing, talented newcomer Regan Stanton came over from the local rugby league code and was a real spark. He finished as top try-scorer. Jason Wright was cover for both fullback and wing. The midfield of Sean McClure and Andrew Connors produced staunch defence, and Tim Priest performed well at first five-eighth and Nathan Smith made good progress. There wasn’t much difference between halfbacks Nick Makea and Mark Le Lievre.

The forward pack was virtually the same every week. In the loose forwards, Rowan O’Gorman was again impressive at number eight, while Alan Monk performed well and Josh Hill was very good at the breakdown and in defence. Logan Winter looked a good prospect. Brad Houston and Kalave Auali’itia locked a good scrum. In the front row debutant loosehead prop Lolesio Lavea impressed and busy hooker and captain Troy Tauwhare missed only one game through injury. Tighthead prop Ryan Kennedy was once again a real workhorse.

After winning the Seddon Shield last year, one successful defence was made against Marlborough sub union, 28-18. The Shield, though, was lost the following week when Buller took the first-class match 42-31.


    Position PL
Alan.B.Monk Flanker 10
Andrew.D.Connors Centre, Winger 7
Beau.L.Cain Winger 3
Placeholder Benjamin.A. Campbell No. 8 2
Brad.G.Houston Flanker, Lock 10
Placeholder Christopher.P.J.Mason Flanker, Lock 9
Placeholder Darcy.J.Ralph Lock 5
Placeholder David Oates Prop 2
Placeholder Gareth.P.Price Winger 3
Jarrod C. Ferguson Scrum Half 3
Placeholder Jason Wright Winger 8
Josh.W.J.Costello Fullback 7
Joshua Hill Flanker 10
Kalave Auali'itia Lock 10
Logan Winter Flanker 6
Placeholder Lolesio Lavea Prop 10
Maleli Mudu Winger 3
Placeholder Mark.E.Le Lievre Scrum Half 6
Placeholder Matthew.D.Jefferys Prop 5
Placeholder Nathan.L.Smith Centre, First Five 6
Nick Makea Scrum Half 7
Peter.E.Te Rakau Winger 5
Placeholder Phillip Leon 'Phil' Thomson First Five 6
Regan Stanton Centre 7
Rob Thomson Fullback, No. 8, Winger 1
Rowan.P.O'Gorman Flanker, Hooker 9
Placeholder Ryan.P.Kennedy Prop 9
Placeholder Sean Loveday Flanker 1
Placeholder Sean.R. McClure Centre, Winger 10
Placeholder Suamalie Tuiletufuga No. 8 1
Placeholder Tim.C.Priest First Five 10
Troy Tauwhare Hooker 9

Pre Season
Sun August 3rd  Seddon Shield v Marlborough – Greymouth

Scores: West Coast 28 (Tim Priest, Josh Costello, Brad Houston tries, Priest 2 con, 3 pen)
Marlborough 18 (Fetu Ieremia 2 tries, Brandyn Laursen 2 pen, Jeremy Manning con)
HT 18-11 West Coast.


Played 10 , Won 3 , Lost 7 , Points for 222 , Points against 292

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2014 Results

Sun 03 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Marlborough 28 - 18
Sat 09 Aug 2:30 pm H Seddon Shield Buller 31 - 42
Sat 23 Aug 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Mid Canterbury 52 - 27
Sat 30 Aug 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship South Canterbury 15 - 49
Sat 06 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 29 - 20
Sat 13 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti 17 - 19
Sat 20 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship King Country 15 - 10
Sat 27 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Wanganui 23 - 17
Sat 04 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship / Rundle Cup Buller 29 - 24
Sat 11 Oct 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Thames Valley 27 - 22