PBRFU Season – 2001

PBRFU Season – 2001

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2001 Status:
NPC Third Division
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

For the second successive year Poverty Bay journeyed to Oamaru for a semi-final and again scored four tries – but for the second successive year were well beaten by North Otago.

The team’s best efforts came against second division Thames Valley, who were outplay despite the result, and in the round-robin games against North Otago and Wairarapa Bush. Several odd selection changes of players and positions were made for the semi-final, which may not ha helped combinations. At times there was some inaccurate goal-kicking, with only one often ten tries  scored in the final three games being converted.

The team’s strength was in its experienced and solid tight five. Lock Jamie Hutana enjoyed his best season and partner Wayne Ensor won a wealth of lineout ball. Hooker Grainger Heikell and prop Pene Fotuaiki were immovable, assisted by Thomas Miki or Colin Vette. Cory Murphy showed plenty of promise as a fast, effective flanker, well supported by Toka Liku in the loose. Thomas Solomon, Adam Cullen and Jason Kerekere filled the other loose forward positions.

The backs possessed natural talent and ability to create scoring opportunities but so often failed to finish off moves due to basic error. Trevor Crosby captained the team well and was again a reliable halfback.

A number of positional changes were made in the backline, with the experienced and dependable Mike Morrissey appearing in three positions. Dennis Hune became the regular first five-eighth with Kahu Tamatea looking better placed at fullback. Willie Lardelli was not as effective at centre as in the past but has the ability to breach the defence. Joe Reihana, who scored four tries, shows promise as a very quick winger.

2001 Results

13 Oct, 2:30 pm A North Otago S/F NPC 3rd Div 43 - 20
29 Sep, 2:30 pm H South Canterbury NPC 3rd Div 13 - 39
22 Sep, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush NPC 3rd Div 28 - 21
15 Sep, 2:30 pm A North Otago NPC 3rd Div 26 - 20
08 Sep, 2:30 pm A Horowhenua-Kapiti NPC 3rd Div 18 - 30
01 Sep, 2:30 pm H Buller NPC 3rd Div 17 - 24
25 Aug, 2:30 pm A West Coast NPC 3rd Div 15 - 31
18 Aug, 2:30 pm H Thames Valley Pre-Season 20 - 22
04 Aug, 2:30 pm H East Coast Pre-Season 10 - 54
04 Jun, 2:30 pm H Hawkes Bay Pre-Season 08 - 79

2001 Players

  Name   Position Height Weight PL
Placeholder Jamie.B.G.Allan Wing n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Warren.C.Banks Centre/Wing 3
Placeholder Kevin Battes First Five n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Patrick Blackman Losse Foward/Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Maurice Broughton Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Terrin Brown First Five n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Wade.K.F.Brunsdon Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Trevor.D.Crosby Halfback n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Adam.H.Cullen Flanker n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Destre Davis Hooker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Wayne.L.Ensor Lock n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Kolo Fonohema Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Penitani Fotuaiki Prop n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Brendon Hart Flanker n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Grainger Heikell Hooker/Prop n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Robert.D.Hitchmough Fullback n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Dennis.W.Hune First Five 10
Placeholder Jamie.B.Hutana Prop n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Daniel.L.Jury No. 8 n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Mike Karepe Center n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Jason.W.Kerekere Loose Forward n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Sau.F.Kiteau Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder William.M.H.Lardelli Center n/a n/a 7
Placeholder T.Toka Liku Lock/Loose Forward n/a n/a 9
Placeholder J.B.Maynard Hooker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Thomas.R.Miki Prop n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Jack.B.Moeke Center/Fullback n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Michael.J.Morrissey Center n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Cory.B.Murphy Flanker n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Bradley.R.Newland Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Mana.B.Pohatu Loose Forward n/a n/a 2
Placeholder J.D.Poole Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Joe Reihana Wing n/a n/a 9
Placeholder T.J.Solomon No. 8 n/a n/a 5
Placeholder Kahu Tamatea First Five/Fullback n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Robert.G.W.Tata Hooker n/a n/a 9
Placeholder James Thompson Wing n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Colin.C.Vette Prop n/a n/a 9
Placeholder M.Shayne Walker Halfback n/a n/a 7

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