PBRFU Season – 2012

PBRFU Season – 2012

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2012 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
P.F. Naden
M.A. MacLean
D. Wilcox
G.J. Heikell
Assistant Coach
T.D. Crosby
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

Poverty Bay enjoyed good wins over teams below it on the ladder but struggled against the regular Meads Cup finalists. A lack of depth in local rugby, there being only five senior teams, forced the coach to recruit some talent from other unions and also from Gisborne Boys’ High School.

Loose forward Sione Ngatu was again outstanding and played his 100th game during the season. Murray Hewson was the team’s player of the year, an experienced player who locked the scrum with either Josese Bolabasaga or Jason Tuapawa. Hooker Henry Yortt, number eight Andrew Gardner, and halfback Adam Ross, all from Hawke’s Bay, were valuable acquisitions.

Gardner was the Origin player. Jone Lesi showed promise at prop, so too did schoolboy Toa Halafihi on the flank. 20-year-old Josh Hart was from England.

Scott Leighton was again captain: the 35-year-old has been a grand contributor to Poverty Bay rugby since 2004 when he was loaned from Wellington before deciding to live in Gisborne. Paula Tikomainaivalu was a strong runner at centre and at fullback Kelvin Smith continues to improve. Moss Doran had a good first season in midfield. Other backs to appear regularly were David Philander, Sione Tupa, Pamona Samupo, Nick Wilson and Brad Turei. Philander is a Namibian international who visited Gisborne during his team’s stay there during the RWC and chose to return. Wilson had represented Mid Canterbury in 2011.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland:        S.Ngatu

2012 Results

20 Oct, 2:30 pm A Buller S/F Lochore Cup 42 - 22
13 Oct, 2:30 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 14 - 24
06 Oct, 2:30 pm A Thames Valley Heartland Championship 29 - 56
29 Sep, 2:30 pm H South Canterbury Heartland Championship 33 - 52
22 Sep, 2:30 pm A North Otago Heartland Championship 24 - 23
15 Sep, 2:30 pm H West Coast Heartland Championship 31 - 13
08 Sep, 2:30 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 42 - 03
01 Sep, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 21 - 48
25 Aug, 2:30 pm A Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland Championship 15 - 31
11 Aug, 2:30 pm A Wairarapa Bush Pre-Season 46 - 14
02 Jun, 2:30 pm A East Coast Pre-Season 27 - 42

2012 Players

  Name   Position Height Weight PL
Placeholder Juston Allen Lock/Flanker n/a n/a 0
Placeholder Josese Bolabasaga Lock n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Richard Brown Halfback n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Russell Burns Hooker/Prop 177 110 5
Placeholder Campbell Chrisp Prop n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Hikanui Curtis Prop n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Moss Doran Center N/A N/A 10
Placeholder Andrew Gardner No. 8 n/a n/a 9
Placeholder S.Toa Halafihi Loose Forward n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Joshua Hart Flanker n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Murray Hewson Lock 193 108 11
Placeholder Drew Hill Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Mangu Kemp Fullback/Center n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Scott Leighton First Five n/a n/a 11
Placeholder Jone Lesi Prop n/a n/a 11
Placeholder Jonte Lexmond Wing n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Tevita Maka Loose Forward n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Anthony Joshua McAtamney Center n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Jed Miller Hooker n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Efoti Moimoi Flanker n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Sione Ngatu Flanker/No.8, Prop 186 115 10
Placeholder Ben Payne Flanker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder David Philander Wing/Fullback n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Jared Proffit Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Adam Ross Halfback n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Pamona Samupo Wing n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Jacob Te Ata Smith Halfback n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Kelvin Smith Fullback/Wing n/a n/a 10
Placeholder William Tamatea Loose Forward 196 105 1
Placeholder Paulo Tikomainaivalu Center/Wing n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Jason Tuapawa Lock n/a n/a 11
Placeholder Jody Tuhaka Hooker/Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Sione Tupa Center n/a n/a 11
Placeholder Brad Turei Fullback n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Simon Versteeg Prop n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Beaudein Waaka First Five n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Caleb West Wing n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Dean Williams First Five, Halfback n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Nicholas Wilson Center n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Henry Yortt Hooker n/a n/a 9

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