PBRFU Season – 2015

PBRFU Season – 2015

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2015 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
P.S.(Phil) Wauchop
DR. (Derek) Dingle (to February)
G.C. (Grant) Allen
(March-May) (interim)
M.L. (Marty) Davis
(from June)
Assistant Coach
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

In 2015 Poverty Bay went backwards in the Heartland Championship after last year’s second place in the round robin down to second last in 11th place. The win against East Coast in the competition opener proved to be the only win of the campaign, compared to five last year, but despite this the try scoring in the round robin slightly increased from 32 to 34. The (big) problem was defence, as tries conceded escalated from 18 to 45.

At fullback loan player Tamati Samuels played the first three championship games and scored a try in every one of them, but played no more due to injury. Carl Riini was an in-form winger and top try scorer with loaned centre Leigh Bristowe, who was a good finisher. On the left wing schoolboy Hunter Mokomoko made five appearances. Ethine Reeves made a mid-season return from Manawatu and gave some fine performances. First five-eighth Kahu Tamatea reappeared after five seasons. So too did the two halfbacks Willie Haenga and Mario Counsell, who shared the starts.

In the forwards the standout was debutant Tamanui Hill, who had returned from overseas. Playing mainly at number eight he was strong on defence and a good runner with the ball. The other two loosies – James Grogan and Corban Barbara – both had promising debuts as well. The captain Murray Hewson again led from the front while Jake Paringatai covered three positions. Apart from the Queen’s Birthday match, Sione Ngatu played the season at loosehead prop while Russell Burns was a physical tighthead prop. Jody Tuhaka was the starting hooker, and when he became unavailable Geoff Pari took over.

The record number of 47 players was used in the season’s first-class programme, with eight only appearing in the two pre-Heartland matches. Of the 39 who appeared in the Heartland Championship, 18 were in their first season. Lock Dan Goodwin, who played twice, had previously represented Bay of Plenty and Northland. Of last year’s regulars, missing were Brynn Uriarau (Bay of Plenty), Moss Doran (Thames Valley), Everard Reid (Hawke’s Bay), Seymour Lambert (Tasman), while Tau Moeke, Clayton Kiwara, Sam Parkes, and Donny Mill all turned out for East Coast.

Poverty Bay had their first All Black from the province since Ian Kirkpatrick and Laurie Knight in 1977 when Hika Elliot played against Samoa in July. He played one match for Poverty Bay last year, and at the time of All Blacks selection this year did not have a provincial contract with any union. Because his last registration was with this union, he is Poverty Bay’s seventh All Black. The Union celebrated its 125th Jubilee over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: H.T.P. Elliot

2015 Results

10 Oct, 2:30 pm H South Canterbury Heartland Championship 19 - 62
03 Oct, 2:30 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 55 - 23
26 Sep, 2:30 pm H Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 25 - 38
19 Sep, 2:30 pm A Buller Heartland Championship 36 - 14
12 Sep, 2:30 pm H North Otago Heartland Championship 23 - 30
05 Sep, 2:30 pm A Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland Championship 54 - 26
29 Aug, 2:30 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 37 - 43
22 Aug, 2:30 pm A East Coast Heartland Championship 15 - 60
15 Aug, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Pre-Season 17 - 53
30 May, 2:30 pm H East Coast Pre-Season 26 - 20

2015 Players

  Name   Position Height Weight PL
Placeholder Joshua Afu Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Semisi Akana Lock n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Simone Akurangi Lock n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Joe Aukuso Prop n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Corban Barbara Flanker n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Kerehama Barrett Center n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Leigh Bristowe Center/Wing n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Niko Brooking Lock n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Russell Burns Hooker/Prop 177 110 8
Placeholder Campbell Chrisp Prop n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Mario Counsell Halfback 156 80 9
Placeholder Afa Fa'atau Wing n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Te Peehi Fairlie Wing n/a n/a 4
Placeholder Travis Gooch Halfback n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Dan Goodwin Lock 193 105 2
Placeholder James Grogan Loose Forward 183 98 8
Placeholder Willie Grogan Halfback 181 86 1
Placeholder Willie Haenga Halfback n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Murray Hewson Lock 193 108 9
Placeholder Tamanui Hill Flanker/No.8 n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Ken Houkamau Loose Forward 187 112 5
Placeholder Doug Kirkpatrick Flanker n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Aidan Matenga Fullback n/a n/a 5
Placeholder Matekairoa McGuire Hooker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Scott McKinley Wing 180 90 2
Placeholder Matthew Mead Lock n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Siosiua Moala Loose Forward 188 106 6
Placeholder Hunter Mokomoko Wing n/a n/a 5
Placeholder Sione Ngatu Flanker/No.8, Prop 186 115 8
Placeholder George.N.Ormond Hooker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Geoff Pari Hooker 180 105 5
Placeholder Jake Paringatai Loose Forward n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Ethine Reeves Fullback 160 80 6
Placeholder Carl Riini Back n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Matatua Ruru Wing n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Tamati Samuels Back n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Shayde Skudder Hooker n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Kahu Tamatea First Five/Fullback n/a n/a 9
Placeholder William Tamatea Loose Forward 196 105 1
Placeholder Canning Taumata Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Jody Tuhaka Hooker/Prop n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Manase Tupe Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Brad Turei Fullback n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Isaia Walker-Leawere Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder James Warren Center n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Brian Whaitiri-White Fullback n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Tyrone White Wing/Center n/a n/a 4

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