Steelform Wanganui not only broke their Mitre 10 Heartland losing streak on Saturday, they turned in a Rorke's Drift effort to do so after playing 74 minutes with 14 men to beat the undefeated West Coast 36-18 at Cooks Gardens.

A season which had been circling the drain appeared like it would be well and truly flushed in the sixth minute as Wanganui, who had scored the opening try but already given away three penalties, saw linchpin openside flanker Jamie Hughes sent off for a dangerous high tackle by Taranaki referee Cam Stone.

Hughes appeared to have timed his hit

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