PBRFU Season – 2008

PBRFU Season – 2008

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2008 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
Assistant Coach
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

Having won the Lochore Cup in 2006 and 2007 it was expected that Poverty Bay would have been sufficiently prepared to step up and compete for the Meads Cup. After suffering early season losses to Bay of Plenty Development (24-41) and to a Hawke’s Bay XV (0-96) the team showed real character in containing Auckland in the Ranfurly Shield challenge. Unfortunately injury to lock Murray Hewson, and the departure overseas of some players soon afterwards, forced coach Paul Feeney to reorganize his squad. Pre-competition wins over Wairarapa Bush and Waikato Development (20-14) suggested combinations were coming right but Meads Cup hopes crashed when King Country, Mid Canterbury and Wanganui inflicted defeats on successive Saturdays.

Turning their attention to the Lochore Cup Poverty Bay then completed the season undefeated and took the trophy for the third year. But there were anxious moments during the semi-final when South Canterbury scored near full-time to level the score 30-30 requiring an extra ten minutes each way to produce a winner. A dropped goal by Leighton after two minutes was followed by tries to Matanibucaka and Knox, thus sinking South Canterbury’s aspirations.

The key player again was the backline general, and captain, Scott Leighton. He was well supported by experienced players Ian Logan, James Warren, Jamie Hutana, Colin Hovell, Chris Bell, Brent Ingram and Sione Ngatu. But it was the newcomers who impressed most and who made large impacts as the season unfolded. Number eight Michael Broadhurst and midfield back Coll Campbell were outstanding and were rewarded with Heartland honours. Charlie Ngatai returned from NZ Schools duty to make his mark in the final by scoring two tries. His future will be watched with interest. Whaimotu Craft-Chemis showed speed on the wing scoring six tries. Kele Bolatagane was a lively halfback and Michael Mayhew, a hooker from North Harbour, was a valuable acquisition. Willis Tamatea seized the locking vacancy left by Hewson and won the award for best and fairest player.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland:       Broadhurst, Campbell, Leighton

2008 Results

25 Oct, 2:30 pm H Horowhenua-Kapiti Final Lochore Cup 26 - 05
18 Oct, 2:30 pm H South Canterbury S/F Lochore Cup 43 - 30
11 Oct, 2:30 pm A Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland Championship 18 - 36
04 Oct, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 24 - 08
27 Sep, 2:30 pm H South Canterbury Heartland Championship 19 - 15
20 Sep, 2:30 pm A East Coast Heartland Championship 00 - 45
13 Sep, 2:30 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 43 - 10
06 Sep, 2:30 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 36 - 16
30 Aug, 2:30 pm H Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 13 - 26
23 Aug, 2:30 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 18 - 00
09 Aug, 2:30 pm A Wairarapa Bush Pre-Season 06 - 19
04 Jul, 2:30 pm H Auckland Ranfurly Shield 03 - 54

2008 Players

  Name   Position Height Weight PL
Placeholder C.R.H.Bell Lock n/a n/a 10
Placeholder K.Bolatagane Halfback n/a n/a 12
Placeholder M.J.Broadhurst No. 8 n/a n/a 10
Placeholder H.Brown Prop n/a n/a 5
Placeholder Russell Burns Hooker/Prop 177 110 1
Placeholder A.C.Campbell Center n/a n/a 8
Placeholder A.J.Clarke First Five n/a n/a 2
Placeholder D.Cornwall Wing n/a n/a 12
Placeholder A.R.Cribb Hooker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder T.Duckworth No. 8 n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Alani Fonohema Flanker n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Lloyd Gabriel Hooker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Murray Hewson Lock 193 108 1
Placeholder Colin J.K. Hovell Prop n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Jamie.B.Hutana Prop n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Brent Ingram Flanker n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Mangu Kemp Fullback/Center n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Q.D.King Flanker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Clayton Kiwara First Five n/a n/a 5
Placeholder W.J.Knox Prop n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Puna Latu Flanker n/a n/a 9
Placeholder S.K.Leach Wing/Fullback n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Scott Leighton First Five n/a n/a 10
Placeholder I.G.Logan Center n/a n/a 12
Placeholder D.MacPherson Flanker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Tevita Maka Loose Forward n/a n/a 9
Placeholder A.Matanibucaka Lock n/a n/a 12
Placeholder M.Mayhew Hooker n/a n/a 10
Placeholder C.J.Ngatai Fullback n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Sione Ngatu Flanker/No.8, Prop 186 115 12
Placeholder M.Sole Prop n/a n/a 12
Placeholder Kahu Tamatea First Five/Fullback n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Waiti Tamatea Center n/a n/a 1
Placeholder William Tamatea Loose Forward 196 105 10
Placeholder C.Te Rito Center n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Ratu.S.Vosaki Wing n/a n/a 4
Placeholder T.G.Walsh Center n/a n/a 5
Placeholder James Warren Center n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Whaimotu Craft-Chemis Center n/a n/a 9
Placeholder J.Willoughby Center n/a n/a 1

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