PBRFU Season – 2007

PBRFU Season – 2007

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2007

SEASON

2007 Status:
Heartland.Championship
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
President:
D.Kirkpatrick
Chairman:
M.A.MacLean
Chief.Executive.Officer:
N.R.Alton
Coach
P.J.P.Feeney
Assistant Coach
G.J.Heikell
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Capacity:
18,000
Colours:
Scarlet – White

With the large number of the 2006 Lochore Cup winning squad again available it could have been expected that Poverty Bay would break into the top half of the Heartland competition playing for the Meads Cup. Against Wanganui the team held a good halftime lead but could not hold out a strong second half effort by Wanganui. The loss to Buller at home proved costly and again Poverty Bay was consigned to the bottom half to fight for the Lochore Cup. Following wins at home over Horowhenua Kapiti and Thames Valley, Poverty Bay visited Greymouth and trailed 21-5 at halftime but sparked into life to pull away and win 36-21 .The season’s best performance was the semi-final against Thames Valley 65-3 with captain and master tactician Scott Leighton scoring a record 35 points.

In the final South Canterbury looked to be in command with its 32-16 halftime lead but Poverty Bay fought back and, when awarded a penalty try in the 70th minute, took the lead. Five minutes later South Canterbury reclaimed the lead with a penalty then Leighton missed with a penalty attempt which would have won the match. In desperation Poverty Bay, managing to retain possession, tried valiantly to breach the defence but it seemed a lost cause as the full time hooter sounded. For a further three minutes the Bay held the ball, halfback Daniel Morath made a break, passed to Ian Logan who fed a storming Piripi Douglas and the flanker ran round behind the posts to snatch the win and Lochore Cup for a second year.

While Leighton was the backline general Ian Logan was a sound partner at second five-eighth. Fullback Kahu Tamatea and wing Tim Gardner ran in some good tries. The forward pack contained experienced props in Jamie Hutana, Colin Hovell and Josh Maynard. Aaron Wise and Andrew Cribb shared the hooking duties. Chris Bell, Murray Hewson and Willie Halgarth were the locks. Sione Ngatu and Quentin King were lively flankers with Piripi Douglas, an East Coast rep in 2006, being a regular substitute and match winner in the final. At Number eight Malakai Ravulo was the only squad member to start in all 13 games and was the outstanding forward.

During May two non-first-class games were played in Gisborne, a 27-27 draw with a Bay of Plenty XV and a 97-0 loss to a Hawke’s Bay XV.

2007 Results

20 Oct, 2:30 pm HSouth CanterburyFinal Lochore Cup38 - 35
13 Oct, 2:30 pm HThames ValleyS/F Lochore Cup65 - 03
06 Oct, 2:30 pm AWest CoastLochore Cup21 - 36
29 Sep, 2:30 pm HThames ValleyLochore Cup26 - 23
22 Sep, 2:30 pm HHorowhenua-KapitiLochore Cup30 - 19
15 Sep, 2:30 pm AEast CoastHeartland Championship24 - 33
08 Sep, 2:30 pm HBullerHeartland Championship13 - 15
01 Sep, 2:30 pm AWanganuiHeartland Championship22 - 20
25 Aug, 2:30 pm HNorth OtagoHeartland Championship11 - 31
18 Aug, 2:30 pm ASouth CanterburyHeartland Championship07 - 24
11 Aug, 2:30 pm HWairarapa BushPre-Season28 - 15
04 Aug, 2:30 pm AKing CountryPre-Season32 - 00
04 Jun, 2:30 pm HEast CoastPre-Season56 - 00


2007 Players

 Name PositionHeightWeightPL
PlaceholderC.R.H.BellLockn/an/a12
PlaceholderSylvester.E.BlakePropn/an/a2
PlaceholderJ.T.BrookingCentern/an/a9
PlaceholderRussell BurnsHooker/Prop1771101
PlaceholderA.R.CribbHookern/an/a12
PlaceholderP.J.DouglasFlankern/an/a11
PlaceholderTim GardnerUtility Backn/an/a10
PlaceholderW.A.HallgarthLockn/an/a13
PlaceholderMurray HewsonLock19310813
PlaceholderColin J.K. HovellPropn/an/a12
PlaceholderJamie.B.HutanaPropn/an/a12
PlaceholderHone.T.O.KaaWingn/an/a10
PlaceholderQ.D.KingFlankern/an/a13
PlaceholderW.J.KnoxPropn/an/a2
PlaceholderS.K.LeachWing/Fullbackn/an/a12
PlaceholderScott LeightonFirst Fiven/an/a11
PlaceholderI.G.LoganCentern/an/a12
PlaceholderS.ManuHoookern/an/a1
PlaceholderJ.B.MaynardHookern/an/a10
PlaceholderJ.J.McClutchieCentern/an/a8
PlaceholderD.W.MorathHalfbackn/an/a8
PlaceholderW.P. Mutu NgarimuNo. 8n/an/a1
PlaceholderSione NgatuFlanker/No.8, Prop18611512
PlaceholderAnaru PoihipiPropn/an/a1
PlaceholderR.M.RavuloNo.8/Flankern/an/a13
PlaceholderD.R.RehuFlankern/an/a9
PlaceholderN.SharkeyHookern/an/a1
PlaceholderP.StevensPropn/an/a2
PlaceholderKahu TamateaFirst Five/Fullbackn/an/a10
PlaceholderWaiti TamateaCentern/an/a0
PlaceholderC.Te RitoCentern/an/a7
PlaceholderRatu.S.VosakiWingn/an/a5
PlaceholderJames WarrenCentern/an/a11
PlaceholderE.WharerauLockn/an/a1
PlaceholderA.WiseHookern/an/a9
PlaceholderPenalty Try1


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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