The Stihl Shop Wanganui Challenge Shield will now be locked away in the Bennett's Taihape clubrooms for the rest of the season after a strong second half carried them to a 29-3 shut out of Utiku Old Boys in the Memorial Park derby on Saturday.

As the Tasman Tanning Premier and Senior grades will now split into three different divisions, undefeated Taihape qualified at the top of the Senior standings to be the first side to be promoted into the new Division 2 – a hybrid of the Top 4 teams from there grade and two relegated sides from Premier.