PBRFU Season – 2008

PBRFU Season – 2008

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2008

SEASON

2008 Status:
Heartland.Championship
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
President:
F.C.Smith
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

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 HHorowhenua-KapitiFinal Lochore Cup26 - 05
18 Oct, 2:30 pm HSouth CanterburyS/F Lochore Cup43 - 30
11 Oct, 2:30 pm AHorowhenua-KapitiHeartland Championship18 - 36
04 Oct, 2:30 pm HWairarapa BushHeartland Championship24 - 08
27 Sep, 2:30 pm HSouth CanterburyHeartland Championship19 - 15
20 Sep, 2:30 pm AEast CoastHeartland Championship00 - 45
13 Sep, 2:30 pm HThames ValleyHeartland Championship43 - 10
06 Sep, 2:30 pm AWanganuiHeartland Championship36 - 16
30 Aug, 2:30 pm HMid CanterburyHeartland Championship13 - 26
23 Aug, 2:30 pm AKing CountryHeartland Championship18 - 00
09 Aug, 2:30 pm AWairarapa BushPre-Season06 - 19
04 Jul, 2:30 pm HAucklandRanfurly Shield03 - 54


2008 Players

 Name PositionHeightWeightPL
PlaceholderC.R.H.BellLockn/an/a10
PlaceholderK.BolataganeHalfbackn/an/a12
PlaceholderM.J.BroadhurstNo. 8n/an/a10
PlaceholderH.BrownPropn/an/a5
PlaceholderRussell BurnsHooker/Prop1771101
PlaceholderA.C.CampbellCentern/an/a8
PlaceholderA.J.ClarkeFirst Fiven/an/a2
PlaceholderD.CornwallWingn/an/a12
PlaceholderA.R.CribbHookern/an/a1
PlaceholderT.DuckworthNo. 8n/an/a7
PlaceholderAlani FonohemaFlankern/an/a2
PlaceholderLloyd GabrielHookern/an/a1
PlaceholderMurray HewsonLock1931081
PlaceholderColin J.K. HovellPropn/an/a9
PlaceholderJamie.B.HutanaPropn/an/a10
PlaceholderBrent IngramFlankern/an/a10
PlaceholderMangu KempFullback/Centern/an/a3
PlaceholderQ.D.KingFlankern/an/a1
PlaceholderClayton KiwaraFirst Fiven/an/a5
PlaceholderW.J.KnoxPropn/an/a9
PlaceholderPuna LatuFlankern/an/a9
PlaceholderS.K.LeachWing/Fullbackn/an/a7
PlaceholderScott LeightonFirst Fiven/an/a10
PlaceholderI.G.LoganCentern/an/a12
PlaceholderD.MacPhersonFlankern/an/a1
PlaceholderTevita MakaLoose Forwardn/an/a9
PlaceholderA.MatanibucakaLockn/an/a12
PlaceholderM.MayhewHookern/an/a10
PlaceholderC.J.NgataiFullbackn/an/a3
PlaceholderSione NgatuFlanker/No.8, Prop18611512
PlaceholderM.SolePropn/an/a12
PlaceholderKahu TamateaFirst Five/Fullbackn/an/a1
PlaceholderWaiti TamateaCentern/an/a1
PlaceholderWilliam TamateaLoose Forward19610510
PlaceholderC.Te RitoCentern/an/a1
PlaceholderRatu.S.VosakiWingn/an/a4
PlaceholderT.G.WalshCentern/an/a5
PlaceholderJames WarrenCentern/an/a10
PlaceholderWhaimotu Craft-ChemisCentern/an/a9
PlaceholderJ.WilloughbyCentern/an/a1


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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