Heartland 3: Wanganui v North Otago
We have a confirmed online radio feed for the third match of our Heartland season today v North Otago. Game starts at 2.30pm NZT.
Heartland 2: Wanganui 23 Horo.-Kapiti 34
A poor performance from the Butchers in this one, never really in the hunt.
Heartland 1: Sth Canty 31 Wanganui 18
The first loss in Timaru for many years as the Butchers couldn't come back from an 0-24 deficit just before the half.
Congrats to the new 2014 Butcherboy squad members, we're behind you!
Backs - Fullbacks: Ace Malo (Kaierau), Dane Whale (Taihape); Wingers: Simon Dibben (Marist), Jaye Flaws (Taihape), Clive Stowers (Pirates); Midfield: Tautahi Rawiri (Ruapehu), Rhema Sagote (Auckland), Tevita Taufu'i (Manawatu); First Fives: Josh Hamilton (Taranaki), Zyon Hekenui (Ruapehu); Halfbacks: Lindsay Horrocks (Border), William Short (Ruapehu).
Forwards - No 8: Tremaine Gilbert (Taihape); Flankers: Andrew Evans (Ruapehu), Peter Rowe (Ruapehu), Darren Munro (Kaierau), Faalafi Vave (Pirates); Locks: John Laurie (Border), Sam Madams (Border), Sonny Woodmass (Ruapehu); Props: Kamipeli Latu (Border), Shaun McDonough (Ruapehu), Viki Tofa (Marist), Lasa Ulukuta (Pirates); Hookers: Cole Baldwin (Border), Roman Tutauha (Ruapehu).
Pre-season 2: Pleasing draw against Turbos B
It finished 7-7 on a wet night in the River City, a pleasing result and unbeaten pre-season for the boys as we head towards a tough regular season sched.
Pre-Season 1: Wanganui tops Rams
Victory for the Butchers extended squad in our first hit-out of the season, with a late try and conversion stealing the win against King Country in Turangi.
Final score Wanganui 35 KC 34. More on this one once we have the Chron report.
Tough Draw for Butchers
The Butcherboys under new-old coaching crew Jason Caskey (head coach), Guy Lennox and Jason Hamlin have been handed a tough draw for the 2014 Heartland round-robin facing all the traditional top guns ahead of the finals.
Wangas will need to be on top of their game from week 1 with an away trip to a South Canty side coming off their first Lochore Cup win. It's back to Wangas for a derby against Horowhenua-Kapiti then before we host the Old Golds from Oamaru in what is always a tight tussle.
It doesn't get any easier in week 4 with the Butchers heading away to Meads Cup champs Mid Canty, renewing what has been a tough and sometimes bitter rivalry in the comp.
Next comes East Coast NP at home in a game Wanganui fans have been looking forward to since the dark day in Ruatoria in 2012.
The tough match ups keep coming in the last three weeks with West Coast away (a 2013 loss) and Bush at home before what could well be a pivotal match in Te Kuiti against the Rams.
Keep it here for what should be a much improved slate of home and away broadcasts from late August as our boys in the sacred Butcher's apron look to reclaim Heartland glory.
More on pre-season as the club comp wraps.
(home games unless indicated)
35-34 v King Country Turangi
7-7 v Manawatu B
18-31 v South Canterbury Timaru
23-34 v Horowhenua-Kapiti
6 Sept v North Otago
13 Sept v Mid Canterbury Ashburton
20 Sept v East Coast
27 Sept v West Coast Greymouth
4 Oct v Wairarapa Bush
11 Oct v King Country Te Kuiti
18 Oct semis
25 Oct final
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