Taranaki Wildcats

Taranaki Wildcats

Bartercard Cup
Club name Taranaki Wildcats
Seasons 2002-2003
Ground Pukekura Park, Ngamotu Domain
Coach Alan Jackson
Premierships Nil.

The Taranaki Wildcats were a New Zealand rugby league franchise in the Bartercard Cup for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. They represented the Taranaki region. This region was previously represented by the Taranaki Rockets in the Lion Red Cup.

2002

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
Wooden Spoon 16 2 2 12 334 636 -302 6

The Wildcats entered the competition in 2002 alongside the Central Falcons. They managed to compete in most games, winning two and with two draws. This was not enough to avoid the wooden spoon but most pundits predicted they would be better for the experience in 2003.

2003

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
Wooden Spoon 16 1 0 15 262 932 -670 2

In 2003 they again collected the wooden spoon, only managing to win one game all season.

The Future

The game has not died in Taranaki since the loss of the Wildcats franchise. Teams now compete in a "Western Alliance" division against teams from the Manawatu district. New Zealand Kiwis legend Howie Tamati is active in the Taranaki Rugby League organisation.

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