Local players predominate

Apart from two loan players, Poverty Bay coaches Mana Otai and Dwayne Russell have gone for an all-local squad for Saturday’s first-round Heartland Championship rugby clash against Wairarapa Bush at Rugby Park. Former Tasman Makos tighthead prop Andrew Petelo and former Manawatu Turbos second five-eighth Mapa Tuipulotu are the loan players. Former

Saracens avenge one-point loss

A capable Hawke’s Bay Saracens team avenged their 32-31 loss to Poverty Bay in 2017 by beating the Bay 62-12, outscoring them 10 tries to two at Tremain Field in Napier on Saturday. Second five-eighth Anthony Karauria scored for Poverty Bay in the 35th minute, first-five Kelvin Smith converting. The Saracens were

Same time, same place.

Tomorrow's 2.30pm clash between Poverty Bay and the Hawke's Bay Saracens is an important game: the last before the Bay plays Wairarapa-Bush here in the Heartland Championship season opener on August 25. Horowhenua-Kapiti beat Poverty Bay 37-14 last weekend but talented first-five Andrew Tauatevalu and tough reserve No.8 Callum MacDonald proved

Combinations the focus for Bay in pre-season clash

They have a point to prove. The Mana Otai-coached Poverty Bay lost 78-0 to Taranaki in the Ranfurly Shield Challenge last Saturday but tomorrow's 2.30pm clash with Horowhenua-Kapiti in Napier is a different proposition. Tremain Field, in the Napier suburb of Pirimai, is a firmer track than Shield venue Tikorangi Domain. Showers