Poverty Bay enjoyed good wins over teams below it on the ladder but struggled against the regular Meads Cup finalists. A lack of depth in local rugby, there being only five senior teams, forced the coach to recruit some talent from other unions and also from Gisborne Boys’ High School.
Loose forward Sione Ngatu was again outstanding and played his 100th game during the season. Murray Hewson was the team’s player of the year, an experienced player who locked the scrum with either Josese Bolabasaga or Jason Tuapawa. Hooker Henry Yortt, number eight Andrew Gardner, and halfback Adam Ross, all from Hawke’s Bay, were valuable acquisitions.
Gardner was the Origin player. Jone Lesi showed promise at prop, so too did schoolboy Toa Halafihi on the flank. 20-year-old Josh Hart was from England.
Scott Leighton was again captain: the 35-year-old has been a grand contributor to Poverty Bay rugby since 2004 when he was loaned from Wellington before deciding to live in Gisborne. Paula Tikomainaivalu was a strong runner at centre and at fullback Kelvin Smith continues to improve. Moss Doran had a good first season in midfield. Other backs to appear regularly were David Philander, Sione Tupa, Pamona Samupo, Nick Wilson and Brad Turei. Philander is a Namibian international who visited Gisborne during his team’s stay there during the RWC and chose to return. Wilson had represented Mid Canterbury in 2011.
Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: S.Ngatu
|20 Oct, 2:30 pm||A||Buller||S/F Lochore Cup||42 - 22|
|13 Oct, 2:30 pm||H||East Coast||Heartland Championship||14 - 24|
|06 Oct, 2:30 pm||A||Thames Valley||Heartland Championship||29 - 56|
|29 Sep, 2:30 pm||H||South Canterbury||Heartland Championship||33 - 52|
|22 Sep, 2:30 pm||A||North Otago||Heartland Championship||24 - 23|
|15 Sep, 2:30 pm||H||West Coast||Heartland Championship||31 - 13|
|08 Sep, 2:30 pm||A||Wanganui||Heartland Championship||42 - 03|
|01 Sep, 2:30 pm||H||Wairarapa Bush||Heartland Championship||21 - 48|
|25 Aug, 2:30 pm||A||Horowhenua-Kapiti||Heartland Championship||15 - 31|
|11 Aug, 2:30 pm||A||Wairarapa Bush||Pre-Season||46 - 14|
|02 Jun, 2:30 pm||A||East Coast||Pre-Season||27 - 42|
|Andrew Gardner||No. 8||n/a||n/a||9|
|S.Toa Halafihi||Loose Forward||n/a||n/a||4|
|Scott Leighton||First Five||n/a||n/a||11|
|Tevita Maka||Loose Forward||n/a||n/a||9|
|Anthony Joshua McAtamney||Center||n/a||n/a||1|
|Sione Ngatu||Flanker/No.8, Prop||186||115||10|
|Jacob Te Ata Smith||Halfback||n/a||n/a||1|
|William Tamatea||Loose Forward||196||105||1|
|Beaudein Waaka||First Five||n/a||n/a||1|
|Dean Williams||First Five, Halfback||n/a||n/a||2|
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—