PBRFU Season – 2013

PBRFU Season – 2013

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2013 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
P.F. (Pat) Naden
MA. (Malcolm) MacLean
D.N. (Dan) Wilcox
W.P. (Mutu) Ngarimu
Assistant Coach
D.J. (Des) Allen
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

2013 was a year to forget for Poverty Bay. It was their worst ever result in the Heartland Championship with just one win and a bottom of the table finish. Poverty Bay also conceded the most tries and most points in the 2013 championship. A run of injuries to front-line players in the first half of the competition did not help, and the side also seemed to concede a lot of penalties. The solitary’ w’in over King Country relied heavily on defence.

The very large number of 21 of the 34 players used were new to the colours. These figures are practically identical to North Otago who, by contrast, went all the way to the Meads Cup final. In addition, Tim Gardner had last played in 2011, Puna Latu in 2008, and Kolo Fonohema had made a solitary- appearance way back in 2001, which meant only ten players continued from last season. The retirement of Scott Leighton was a huge loss.

Namibian international David Philander was a class player at fullback but had few opportunities to attack. Scott Milne went better at centre than wing, while Ethine Reeves was the most impressive back but injury blighted his season. Billy Ropiha was solid at centre. Halfback Sam Parkes was an accurate goalkicker. His seven penalty goals against Buller being a new record for the province. He narrowly missed an eighth.

The forward pack tried hard but was unable to consistently deliver front-foot ball. Captain Sione Ngatu was his usual consistent self at number eight, while Paddy Allen got better as the season went along. Murray Hewson made a difference at lock, and schoolboy Micaiah Torrance-Read looked promising at lock also. A change halfway through the season at hooker saw Geoff Pari take his chance. Props Seymour Lambert and Vili Sauaki played every game.

Tane Maguire and Matt Tupa were used as Players of Origin.

2013 Results

12 Oct, 2:30 pm AKing CountryHeartland Championship16 - 19
05 Oct, 2:30 pm HBullerHeartland Championship21 - 34
28 Sep, 2:30 pm AEast CoastHeartland Championship22 - 18
21 Sep, 2:30 pm HNorth OtagoHeartland Championship18 - 53
14 Sep, 2:30 pm HWanganuiHeartland Championship21 - 25
07 Sep, 2:30 pm AWest CoastHeartland Championship30 - 14
31 Aug, 2:30 pm HThames ValleyHeartland Championship18 - 27
24 Aug, 2:30 pm AMid CanterburyHeartland Championship31 - 12

2013 Players

 Name PositionHeightWeightPL
PlaceholderSemisi AkanaLockn/an/a1
PlaceholderLeon AkeLock/Flankern/an/a7
PlaceholderJames AlfordWingn/an/a4
PlaceholderPatrick AllenLockn/an/a8
PlaceholderTim BarbarichFlankern/an/a2
PlaceholderHenry BridgeWingn/an/a3
PlaceholderCampbell ChrispPropn/an/a1
PlaceholderMoss DoranCenterN/AN/A4
PlaceholderKolo FonohemaWingn/an/a6
PlaceholderTim GardnerUtility Backn/an/a6
PlaceholderMurray HewsonLock1931085
PlaceholderBeau KururangiWingn/an/a3
PlaceholderSeymour LambertPropn/an/a8
PlaceholderPuna LatuFlankern/an/a2
PlaceholderJone LesiPropn/an/a8
PlaceholderTane MaguireFirst Fiven/an/a6
PlaceholderKolo MaheHookern/an/a5
PlaceholderScott MilneCentern/an/a6
PlaceholderEfoti MoimoiFlankern/an/a4
PlaceholderSione NgatuFlanker/No.8, Prop1861158
PlaceholderGeoff PariHooker1801054
PlaceholderSam ParkesHalfbackn/an/a8
PlaceholderBen PayneFlankern/an/a2
PlaceholderDavid PhilanderWing/Fullbackn/an/a8
PlaceholderEthine ReevesFullback160806
PlaceholderBilly RopihaCentern/an/a8
PlaceholderMatatua RuruWingn/an/a3
PlaceholderVili SauakiLockn/an/a1
PlaceholderWilliam TamateaLoose Forward1961058
PlaceholderMicaiah Torrence-ReadLockn/an/a6
PlaceholderJason TuapawaLockn/an/a1
PlaceholderMatt TupaPropn/an/a2
PlaceholderVereimi VilitatiWingn/an/a1
PlaceholderSisa VosakiWingn/an/a5

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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