Wanganui Toyota Development XV discovered this year's RDO Shield campaign will have a heightened physicality and requirement of conditioning after they lost to Wellington Maori 42-22 at Cooks Gardens today.

The second-tier Wanganui side's opposition from the capital in this grade last season was officially Wellington Maori Development, but the full-strength unit had numbers and a crispness to their backline execution, particularly in the first half, that had the home side struggling to keep up.

But come back they did, as the wet weather arrived, and three second half tries including a double to winger Tom Symes saw Wanganui Development

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