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

Bay’s best again

AND the Poverty Bay Heartland Championship player of the year is, to no one’s surprise, except the man himself, Siosiua Moala “I honestly thought Ethine (Reeves) would have won it this year,” High School Old Boys powerhouse No.8 Moala said after receiving the honour for the second season running at the

No excuses — Otai

POVERTY Bay coach Mana Otai made no excuses for his side’s 56-22 loss to Mid Canterbury in their Lochore Cup rugby semifinal in Ashburton on Saturday. “They were far too good on the day and fully deserved to win,” Otai said. “We could look at some soft tries early on, but take

Heartland Championship

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