PBRFU Season – 2016

PBRFU Season – 2016

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2016 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
K.H. (Kevin) Joblin
P.S. (Phil) Wauchop
M.L. (Marty) Davis
W.P. (Mutu) Ngarimu
Assistant Coach
D.E. (Dwayne) Russell
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

Poverty Bay won their opening Heartland Championship match against East Coast in good style to reverse the result of the Queen’s Birthday encounter, but then lost the next four games and eventually finished seventh for a Lochore Cup semi-final place. The defeats to King Country (in the round-robin match) and, in particular, Wairarapa Bush were winnable games that slipped away. Despite this, an improvement was made on last year.

A record 50 players was used for the 12-match first-class programme with 23 appearing for the first time. Seventeen players appeared in only the three pre-Heartland matches. Local regulars missing from last year were Tamanui Hill, Kahu Tamatea (both in Bay of Plenty), Leigh Bristowe (Southland), Corban Barbara (England), and Carl Riini (injured).

The outstanding forward was number eight Siosuia Moala, brother of All Black George, having last year played at second five-eighth. He was impressive on both defence and attack, scoring five tries. Everard Reid made a welcome return from Hawke’s Bay and assumed the captaincy. Playing mainly at blindside flanker, he displayed good form. Murray Hewson got better as the season progressed, with he and Reid being good lineout winners. Lively openside flanker James Grogan unfortunately succumbed to injury halfway through the championship. The 130-kg prop Jody Allen arrived and made a difference, returning to the province where he had made his first-class debut in 2006. He was available for only three matches due to recall by North Harbour, and scored five tries. Sione N’gatu set a new’ appearance record for Poverty Bay, ending the season on 138 matches, having given tremendous service to his union since his debut in 2003. Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Leach looked a bright prospect at hooker.

The backline contained four outside players with all making positive contributions. Maia Gibbs was the starting halfback, centre Ratu Daurua was top try scorer with eight, first five-eighth Isaia Vuki topped the points scoring with 86 points, including four tries, and Dan Mclntyre was a quick and elusive fullback. Of the locals, Ethine Reeves was versatile and the only player to appear in all 12 games, while former All Black Rico Gear was available for just one match due to business commitments.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland:        S.Moala, E.J. Reid

2016 Results

22 Oct, 2:30 pm A King Country S/F Lochore Cup 48 - 26
15 Oct, 2:30 pm A Thames Valley Heartland Championship 14 - 50
08 Oct, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 30 - 32
01 Oct, 2:30 pm A West Coast Heartland Championship 28 - 62
24 Sep, 2:30 pm H Wanganui Heartland Championship 30 - 52
17 Sep, 2:30 pm A South Canterbury Heartland Championship 52 - 28
10 Sep, 2:30 pm H Buller Heartland Championship 18 - 30
03 Sep, 2:30 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 30 - 24
27 Aug, 2:30 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 54 - 30
13 Aug, 2:30 pm A Wairarapa Bush Pre-Season 26 - 14
04 Jun, 2:30 pm A East Coast Pre-Season 26 - 08
02 May, 2:30 pm H N.Z. Universities Pre-Season 00 - 44

2016 Heartland , Finished 7th, Round Robin
Lost 1st Semi Final, Lochore Cup
Coach: W P Mutu Ngarimu

2016 Players

  Name   Position PL
Placeholder Semisi Akana Lock 1
Placeholder Jody Allen Prop 3
Placeholder Patrick Allen Lock 1
Placeholder James Barnett Prop 1
Placeholder Russell Burns Hooker/Prop 4
Placeholder Campbell Chrisp Prop 3
Placeholder Jacob Cook Lock 8
Placeholder Mario Counsell Halfback 10
Placeholder Ratu Daurua Midfield 10
Placeholder Lance Dickson Prop 3
Placeholder Hamish Forrester Hooker/Prop 1
Placeholder Rico Gear Centre/Wing 1
Placeholder Maia Gibbs Halfback 8
Placeholder Dan Goodwin Lock 4
Placeholder James Grogan Loose Forward 6
Placeholder Willie Grogan Halfback 7
Placeholder George Hailey Wing 1
Placeholder Murray Hewson Lock 10
Placeholder Leslie Hills Lock/Loose Forward 9
Placeholder Jake Holmes First Five 5
Placeholder Conan Houkamau Forward 7
Placeholder Ken Houkamau Loose Forward 10
Placeholder Tipuna Jones Centre/Wing 1
Placeholder Anthony Karauria Centre 1
Placeholder Isaia Leach Hooker 9
Placeholder Jone Lesi Prop 2
Placeholder Lyndon Manuel Loose Forward 1
Placeholder Devonte Martin Back 6
Placeholder Matekairoa McGuire Hooker 1
Placeholder Daniel McIntyre Fullback 6
Placeholder Scott McKinley Wing 8
Placeholder Koro Miringaorangi Flanker 1
Placeholder Tanielu Misikosi Flanker 8
Placeholder Siosiua Moala Loose Forward 11
Placeholder Tau Moeke Midfield 5
Placeholder Sione Ngatu Flanker/No.8, Prop 10
Placeholder Toru Noanoa Prop 6
Placeholder Geoff Pari Hooker 9
Placeholder Ethine Reeves Fullback 12
Placeholder Everard Reid Lock/Flanker 9
Placeholder Cory Reihana Wing 1
Placeholder Cameron Rowden Halfback 1
Placeholder Tamati Samuels Back 7
Placeholder Keiran Short Midfield 10
Placeholder Shayde Skudder Hooker 1
Placeholder Hayden Stuart First Five 2
Placeholder Sione Tamale Midfield 4
Placeholder William Tamatea Loose Forward 2
Placeholder Jody Tuhaka Hooker/Prop 1
Placeholder Isaia Vuki First Five 10
Placeholder Penalty Try 1

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