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 A King Country Heartland Championship 16 - 19
05 Oct, 2:30 pm H Buller Heartland Championship 21 - 34
28 Sep, 2:30 pm A East Coast Heartland Championship 22 - 18
21 Sep, 2:30 pm H North Otago Heartland Championship 18 - 53
14 Sep, 2:30 pm H Wanganui Heartland Championship 21 - 25
07 Sep, 2:30 pm A West Coast Heartland Championship 30 - 14
31 Aug, 2:30 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 18 - 27
24 Aug, 2:30 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 31 - 12

2013 Players

  Name   Position Height Weight PL
Placeholder Semisi Akana Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Leon Ake Lock/Flanker n/a n/a 7
Placeholder James Alford Wing n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Patrick Allen Lock n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Tim Barbarich Flanker n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Henry Bridge Wing n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Campbell Chrisp Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Moss Doran Center N/A N/A 4
Placeholder Kolo Fonohema Wing n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Tim Gardner Utility Back n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Murray Hewson Lock 193 108 5
Placeholder Beau Kururangi Wing n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Seymour Lambert Prop n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Puna Latu Flanker n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Jone Lesi Prop n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Tane Maguire First Five n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Kolo Mahe Hooker n/a n/a 5
Placeholder Scott Milne Center n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Efoti Moimoi Flanker n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Sione Ngatu Flanker/No.8, Prop 186 115 8
Placeholder Geoff Pari Hooker 180 105 4
Placeholder Sam Parkes Halfback n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Ben Payne Flanker n/a n/a 2
Placeholder David Philander Wing/Fullback n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Ethine Reeves Fullback 160 80 6
Placeholder Billy Ropiha Center n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Matatua Ruru Wing n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Vili Sauaki Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder William Tamatea Loose Forward 196 105 8
Placeholder Micaiah Torrence-Read Lock n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Jason Tuapawa Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Matt Tupa Prop n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Vereimi Vilitati Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Sisa Vosaki Wing n/a n/a 5

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