PBRFU Season – 2000

PBRFU Season – 2000

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2000 Status:
NPC Third Division
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
not appointed
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

Following a successful 1999 season, when they were beaten finalists, much was expected from Poverty Bay in 2000. Again they reached the semi-finals of the third division, and had the talent and ability to achieve more, but a lack of consistency in selection disrupted effective combinations being achieved. Including the early season non first-class games against East Coast, Bay of Plenty and King Country, a total of 48 players, wore the scarlet jersey. Changes in the appointment of captain, five in all, did not help to establish a regular team. Apart from Sam Howe, from Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay relied on their own club players and there was doubt whether Howe was clearly a better first five-eighth than the best local players.

Only three players started every game – hooker Grant Allen, who captained the team in the semi-final, 2.02 metre lock James Robertson and experienced halfback Trevor Crosby. Though slightly built, Robertson showed much improvement as a mobile lineout forward. Fellow lock Jamie Hutana was perhaps the team’s best player over the season. Hutana had last appeared for the Bay in 1992 but had since represented Wanganui and Manawatu before returning to Gisborne. The loose forward trio was never a settled combination and Mana Pohatu, captain for the early games, lost his place later.

There was considerable talent among the outside backs with Mike Morrissey distributing some quality ball to Theo Jones, a deceptive runner, Willie Lardelli, Maurice Kerekere, and wingers Warren Banks and Ron Tamatea. Despite his 39 years, Tamatea remains a fit and versatile player and by playing alongside his 19-year-old son, Kahu, in three first-class matches completed a very rare event in New Zealand rugby. Just as unusually, they represented Poverty Bay together at the national sevens tournament. Willie Lardelli’s season was interrupted by injuries but he has the ability to break the defensive line and became the sole third division player to be selected in the Divisional Team. Sadly, Kerekere died in a car accident later in the year.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Divisional Team: Lardelli

2000 Results

14 Oct, 2:30 pm ANorth OtagoS/F NPC 3rd Div53 - 32
07 Oct, 2:30 pm ANorth OtagoNPC 3rd Div46 - 07
30 Sep, 2:30 pm ASouth CanterburyNPC 3rd Div25 - 27
23 Sep, 2:30 pm HHorowhenua-KapitiNPC 3rd Div37 - 13
16 Sep, 2:30 pm HEast CoastNPC 3rd Div28 - 30
09 Sep, 2:30 pm HBullerNPC 3rd Div35 - 03
02 Sep, 2:30 pm HWest CoastNPC 3rd Div60 - 13
26 Aug, 2:30 pm AWairarapa BushNPC 3rd Div16 - 12
19 Aug, 2:30 pm AWest CoastNPC 3rd Div06 - 51
12 Aug, 2:30 pm AThames ValleyPre-Season37 - 14
05 Jun, 2:30 pm AHawkes BayPre-Season52 - 06

2000 Players

 Name PositionHeightWeightPL
PlaceholderJason.R.AshfordNo. 8n/an/a8
PlaceholderMaurice BroughtonPropn/an/a4
PlaceholderCraig ClarkeHookern/an/a1
PlaceholderKent CurrieWingn/an/a1
PlaceholderStuart EnsorLoose Forwardn/an/a9
PlaceholderPenitani FotuaikiPropn/an/a10
PlaceholderChristian FougereFlanker/Hookern/an/a7
PlaceholderGrainger HeikellHooker/Propn/an/a9
PlaceholderSam.E.HoweFirst Fiven/an/a10
PlaceholderDennis.W.HuneFirst Five1
PlaceholderBrent IngramFlankern/an/a5
PlaceholderRangi KamauLockn/an/a1
PlaceholderT.Toka LikuLock/Loose Forwardn/an/a11
PlaceholderAble LongrueWingn/an/a1
PlaceholderDavid.J.MacDonaldFullback/First Fiven/an/a1
PlaceholderJohn MartinFlankern/an/a8
PlaceholderJames 'Misi' MaumauWingn/an/a2
PlaceholderMana.B.PohatuLoose Forwardn/an/a8
PlaceholderJames RobertsonFlankern/an/a11
PlaceholderJohn SuHalfback1
PlaceholderKahu TamateaFirst Five/Fullbackn/an/a7
PlaceholderW.K.Willie TiopiraFlankern/an/a1
PlaceholderMalcom WestruppFirst Fiven/an/a3

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union.
We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from 1934 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin

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