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2017 Status:
Founded 1890 – Affiliated 1893
K.H. (Kevin) Joblin
George Brown
M.L. (Marty) Davis
K.M.F.(Mana) Otai
Assistant Coach
D.E. (Dwayne) Russell
Main ground:
Rugby Park, Gisborne
Scarlet – White

After a slow start to the Heartland Championship where they lost their first three matches, Poverty Bay improved as the season went on to earn four victories in their final six matches. The final round robin march against Thames Valley was the defining moment of the season as the 36-35 win meant both teams finished level on 20 points, but Poverty Bay finished eighth due to winning the match to claim the last spot for the Lochore Cup.

The mobile forward pack was well led by 21-year-old captain James Grogan who was a very lively flanker and always in the thick of things. Continuing on from last year, Siosiua Moala was again an outstanding performer on both attack and defence at number eight. They received good support in the loose forward department from Willis Tamatea until his injury.

Everard Reid was the main lineout winner and also made a solid contribution in the tight work, while at the age of 36 Sione Ngatu continued to increase his appearance record and serve his union well.

At fullback Ethine Reeves was the star of the backline. He showed plenty of attacking enterprise in every match, was a very capable defender, which he showed an the King Country match, and kicked goals as well. Andrew Tauatevalu, a 20-year-old wing, showed promise in the seven matches he played with five tries and some good goal-kicking.

There was not much between the two first five-eighths Kelvin Smith and Jake Holmes with both able in taking on the line, while Mario Counsell established himself as the number one halfback in the second half of the season with some fine displays.

Of last year’s regulars Kieran Short (overseas), Isaia Leach (Tasman) and Tamati Samuels (Hawke’s Bay) had moved on, although Leach did return as a loan player until injured, while Ken Houkamau, Murray Hewson and Geoff Pari were not favoured by the new coach Mana Otai.

Higher honours went to:

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

2017 Results

21 Oct, 2:30 pm AMid CanterburyS/F Lochore Cup56 - 22
14 Oct, 2:30 pm AThames ValleyHeartland Championship34 - 35
07 Oct, 2:30 pm HKing CountryHeartland Championship43 - 29
30 Sep, 2:30 pm ANorth OtagoHeartland Championship34 - 12
23 Sep, 2:30 pm HWest CoastHeartland Championship36 - 19
16 Sep, 2:30 pm HEast CoastHeartland Championship35 - 15
09 Sep, 2:30 pm AWanganuiHeartland Championship25 - 14
02 Sep, 2:30 pm HHorowhenua-KapitiHeartland Championship05 - 39
26 Aug, 2:30 pm AMid CanterburyHeartland Championship34 - 05
12 Aug, 2:30 pm HWairarapa BushPre-Season31 - 06
03 Jun, 2:30 pm HEast CoastPre-Season38 - 23

2014 Players

 Name PositionHeightWeightPL
PlaceholderSemisi AkanaLockn/an/a10
PlaceholderJody AllenPropn/an/a6
PlaceholderMekepio BrownLockn/an/a8
PlaceholderJacob CookLock1901009
PlaceholderMario CounsellHalfback1568011
PlaceholderRatu DauruaMidfield180903
PlaceholderJesse FlemingCentren/an/a7
PlaceholderJames GroganLoose Forward1839810
PlaceholderWillie GroganHalfback1818611
PlaceholderGeorge HalleyWingn/an/a3
PlaceholderTamanui HillFlanker/No.8n/an/a11
PlaceholderLeslie HillsLock/Loose Forward1971009
PlaceholderSandy Hohipa-CampbellPropn/an/a6
PlaceholderJake HolmesFirst Five1787611
PlaceholderTipuna JonesCentre/Wingn/an/a1
PlaceholderAnthony KarauriaCentren/an/a9
PlaceholderBrody LamWingn/an/a6
PlaceholderIsaia LeachHooker177953
PlaceholderAlesana Leatio'oPropn/an/a2
PlaceholderKorey LoveFullbackn/an/a2
PlaceholderMike MacDonaldCentren/an/a1
PlaceholderKarl MacPhersonWingn/an/a7
PlaceholderMatekairoa McGuireHookern/an/a5
PlaceholderSiosiua MoalaLoose Forward18810610
PlaceholderEfoti MoimoiFlankern/an/a1
PlaceholderSione NgatuFlanker/No.8, Prop18611511
PlaceholderEthine ReevesFullback160808
PlaceholderEverard ReidLock/Flanker1951129
PlaceholderPamona SamupoWingn/an/a1
PlaceholderKelvin SmithFullback/Wingn/an/a11
PlaceholderTawhao StewartCentren/an/a7
PlaceholderWilliam TamateaLoose Forward1961058
PlaceholderAndrew TauatevaluWing/Centern/an/a7
PlaceholderJody TuhakaHooker/Propn/an/a1
PlaceholderIsaia VukiFirst Five181866
PlaceholderRicky WaitoaLockn/an/a1
PlaceholderFawn WhiteFlankern/an/a8
PlaceholderPenalty Try1

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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