Back to Year by Year Index click here



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 A Mid Canterbury S/F Lochore Cup 56 - 22
14 Oct, 2:30 pm A Thames Valley Heartland Championship 34 - 35
07 Oct, 2:30 pm H King Country Heartland Championship 43 - 29
30 Sep, 2:30 pm A North Otago Heartland Championship 34 - 12
23 Sep, 2:30 pm H West Coast Heartland Championship 36 - 19
16 Sep, 2:30 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 35 - 15
09 Sep, 2:30 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 25 - 14
02 Sep, 2:30 pm H Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland Championship 05 - 39
26 Aug, 2:30 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 34 - 05
12 Aug, 2:30 pm H Wairarapa Bush Pre-Season 31 - 06
03 Jun, 2:30 pm H East Coast Pre-Season 38 - 23

2014 Players

  Name   Position Height Weight PL
Placeholder Semisi Akana Lock n/a n/a 10
Placeholder Jody Allen Prop n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Mekepio Brown Lock n/a n/a 8
Placeholder Jacob Cook Lock 190 100 9
Placeholder Mario Counsell Halfback 156 80 11
Placeholder Ratu Daurua Midfield 180 90 3
Placeholder Jesse Fleming Centre n/a n/a 7
Placeholder James Grogan Loose Forward 183 98 10
Placeholder Willie Grogan Halfback 181 86 11
Placeholder George Halley Wing n/a n/a 3
Placeholder Tamanui Hill Flanker/No.8 n/a n/a 11
Placeholder Leslie Hills Lock/Loose Forward 197 100 9
Placeholder Sandy Hohipa-Campbell Prop n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Jake Holmes First Five 178 76 11
Placeholder Tipuna Jones Centre/Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Anthony Karauria Centre n/a n/a 9
Placeholder Brody Lam Wing n/a n/a 6
Placeholder Isaia Leach Hooker 177 95 3
Placeholder Alesana Leatio'o Prop n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Korey Love Fullback n/a n/a 2
Placeholder Mike MacDonald Centre n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Karl MacPherson Wing n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Matekairoa McGuire Hooker n/a n/a 5
Placeholder Siosiua Moala Loose Forward 188 106 10
Placeholder Efoti Moimoi Flanker n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Sione Ngatu Flanker/No.8, Prop 186 115 11
Placeholder Ethine Reeves Fullback 160 80 8
Placeholder Everard Reid Lock/Flanker 195 112 9
Placeholder Pamona Samupo Wing n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Kelvin Smith Fullback/Wing n/a n/a 11
Placeholder Tawhao Stewart Centre n/a n/a 7
Placeholder William Tamatea Loose Forward 196 105 8
Placeholder Andrew Tauatevalu Wing/Center n/a n/a 7
Placeholder Jody Tuhaka Hooker/Prop n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Isaia Vuki First Five 181 86 6
Placeholder Ricky Waitoa Lock n/a n/a 1
Placeholder Fawn White Flanker n/a n/a 8
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