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Dan Maclauchlin 100 game, great day at Club.

Taylors Wanderers Sports club report

12 June 2021

Wanderers turn it on for Centurion Dan Mclauchlan.

It was a definite red letter or should that be Blue and Gold letter day out at Brightwater on Saturday with all four teams in action on Centennial Park recording solid victories.

Certainly, the most important was the performance of the Taylors Contracting Div 1 team that paid the perfect compliment to Dan Mclauchlan in his 100th game for the Wanderers Rugby premier side. In the tight race for the play-offs, Wanderers needed to defeat the defending champions, Marist and hope that other results would go their way. The first part was completed in fine style, with the Wanderers pack dominating the more fancied visiting forwards; Atu and Sam Moli particularly dominant, with Seth Brown in the front row, laying the platform for an excellent all-round performance by the Blue and Gold’s.

The line out functioned well, and the scrum completely dominated, allowing the backline to run hard and straight with centres Sione Holani and Apetone Vaka in his 25th start, constantly challenging the Marist defence.

However, it was the committed and structured defence that thwarted Marist and ensured the final outcome with the forwards going forward and tackling hard and low all day, then carrying the ball with a real aggression and determination with every player contributing, including the impact players Sosefo Vaka and Will Hamilton. Chris Haluafia again produced a fine match, developing into a most consistent and reliable performer in this team. Two driving maul tries credited to Man of the Match, Sam Moli resulted from the forward dominance, giving Wanderers a 15-5 halftime lead and two fine backs tries to Fletcher Matthews and Tama Nicholas in the second spell, complemented the forward effort perfectly for the bonus point win at 30-5.

In the post-match activities, Wanderers only previous Centurion Ben Douglas presented Dan Mclauchlan with his commemorative cap in a ceremony that saw both teams respectfully honour the outstanding achievement by the 26 year old player, recognising both his club loyalty and his durability.

The AC Palmer & Sons Div 2 team had set the scene in the earlier game with an extremely hard-fought win over Marist in a replay of last season’s Championship final. As in the latter game, defence and discipline were the key to the victory, although both teams enjoyed periods of dominance. Logan Thompson stood tall in the forwards for Wanderers and Shaun Whittaker at halfback distributed well and secured a couple of crucial turnovers, with both acknowledged in the Players of the Day awards.


Three young players having their first season in Div 2, Bailey Donaldson, Sam Law and Jack Quarmby also impressed both on defence and attack.

The match was very even throughout and with the score at 17-10 a red card was awarded against a Marist player. It did appear that Wanderers would work through to a comfortable win, but Marist improved their own discipline and really carried the game to Wanderers, who defended solidly, and eventually cleared their lines on the back of a huge scrum which secured a tight head and the match at 17-13.

Scorers for Wanderers were Jared Gibson 1 try, Shaun Whittaker 1 try and Gareth Palmer 2 conv, 1 penalty.

The day had started with two age grade games with Wanderers Under 12s having a thoroughly enjoyable match with neighbours Waimea Old Boys and a feature of this game was the referee, Madison Greenaway who at 14 years of age gave an extremely competent display, respected by players and coaches. The other match saw Wanderers Under 15 host Marlborough Boys and again a young female referee was in control, this time Moeka Koyama from Motueka High School, who also displayed a competency that earned the respect of players and supporters alike. Wanderers, looking smart in their new kit donated by OS2, played an expansive game and led by 14-12 at the break, but eventually wore Marlborough down and though the score blew out a little at the end (31-12) it was a very entertaining contest.

Meanwhile, over at Jubilee Park the Wanderers Women’s team had an enjoyable match against the defending Champions Waimea Old Boys and although defending well in the close quarter exchanges, Waimea were often able to exploit the fragile wide defence and as the final score of 38-12 indicates, Wanderers did enjoy periods of dominance. Chanel Matenga stood out for her distribution and vision at 10, ably supported by Alisi Siegolo and Cass Tiva Ulutupu Kaisa. Fame Ulutup, Leila Nisbett for strong ball carrying and Eita Kafia also stood up against the Champion WOB side. Tries were scored by Michelle Miller-Leef and Amanda Sim who also lead by example.


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