PBRFU Season – 2011

PBRFU Season – 2011

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2011 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
Assistant Coach
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

Poverty Bay gained its fourth Lochore Cup title with a convincing win over South Canterbury in the final.The Bay were fortunate to reach the final as in the semi-final it took a John Stewart try in the 79th minute, converted by Leighton, to provide the two-point win at Westport. Because Rugby Park was being used as training ground for the Namibia RWC Team, home games against North Otago and Wanganui were played at the Oval, which had been the union’s headquarters until 1955 when Rugby Park was opened.

The Mid Canterbury game was played at Patutahi Domain, home ground of Ngatapa club.

Centre John Stewart again equalled the record for tries in a season, a remarkable achievement. Wing Ratu Vosaki and midfielder Paulo Tikomainaivalu each scored six tries,the latter and Stewart being potent attackers in midfield. Scott Leighton returned to the team and extended his points record for the union. Daniel Harris. at 70kg, was one of the smallest players in the competition but a very efficient halfback. Richard Brown was his understudy. Origin player Kahu Tamatea remains a quality player and valuable utility. Kelvin Smith appeared in every game, either at fullback or on the wing.

Sione Ngatu, nearing 100 games for the union, maintains outstanding form as an effective loose forward. Karl Gemmell,Tevita Maka, Francis Tamihere-Stevens, and promising 18-year-old Efoti Moimoi were the other loose forwards. Murray Hewson and the tall Apisalome Ratuniyarawa were the locks while Colin Howell, Lloyd Gabriel and newcomer Simon Versteeg formed the front row.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland:        S.Ngatu

2011 Results

08 Oct, 2:30 pm ASouth CanterburyFinal Lochore Cup22 - 49
01 Oct, 2:30 pm ABullerS/F Lochore Cup30 - 32
24 Sep, 2:30 pm HKing CountryHeartland Championship36 - 21
17 Sep, 2:30 pm AEast CoastHeartland Championship30 - 29
10 Sep, 2:30 pm AWairarapa BushHeartland Championship21 - 23
03 Sep, 2:30 pm HWanganuiHeartland Championship13 - 58
27 Aug, 2:30 pm ASouth CanterburyHeartland Championship42 - 31
20 Aug, 2:30 pm HMid CanterburyHeartland Championship08 - 06
13 Aug, 2:30 pm HNorth OtagoHeartland Championship30 - 30
06 Aug, 2:30 pm ABullerHeartland Championship18 - 14
30 Jul, 2:30 pm HWairarapa BushPre-Season13 - 14
04 Jun, 2:30 pm HEast CoastPre-Season34 - 16

2011 Players

 Name PositionHeightWeightPL
PlaceholderJuston AllenLock/Flankern/an/a0
PlaceholderJoe AukusoPropn/an/a1
PlaceholderRichard BrownHalfbackn/an/a12
PlaceholderCampbell ChrispPropn/an/a7
PlaceholderLloyd GabrielHookern/an/a12
PlaceholderTim GardnerUtility Backn/an/a1
PlaceholderKarl GemmellNo. 8n/an/a11
PlaceholderDaniel HarrisHalfbackn/an/a12
PlaceholderMurray HewsonLock19310812
PlaceholderColin J.K. HovellPropn/an/a10
PlaceholderMangu KempFullback/Centern/an/a8
PlaceholderScott LeightonFirst Fiven/an/a10
PlaceholderTevita MakaLoose Forwardn/an/a9
PlaceholderEfoti MoimoiFlankern/an/a7
PlaceholderSione NgatuFlanker/No.8, Prop18611512
PlaceholderAnaru PoihipiPropn/an/a5
PlaceholderApisalome RatuniyarawaLockn/an/a12
PlaceholderCarl RiiniBackn/an/a6
PlaceholderBJ SidneyWingn/an/a6
PlaceholderKelvin SmithFullback/Wingn/an/a11
PlaceholderJohn StewartWingn/an/a10
PlaceholderKahu TamateaFirst Five/Fullbackn/an/a10
PlaceholderFrancis Tamihere-StevensFlankern/an/a9
PlaceholderPaulo TikomainaivaluCenter/Wingn/an/a12
PlaceholderJason TuapawaLockn/an/a9
PlaceholderJody TuhakaHooker/Propn/an/a9
PlaceholderSione TupaCentern/an/a2
PlaceholderSimon VersteegPropn/an/a11
PlaceholderMark WestFullbackn/an/a2
PlaceholderDean WilliamsFirst Five, Halfbackn/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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