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Year By Year , Our History ~ 2016 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Buller Rugby Union. We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2016 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. Web Admin

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2016

Season

2016 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1894– (affiliated NZRU 1894)
Chairman:
J.W.(John) Lennon
Chief.Executive.Officer:
B.A.(Brian) Ahern
Co-Coach:
C.W.(Craig) Neill
Co-Coach:
C.M.(Craig) Scanlon
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
Capacity:
5,000
Colours:
Cardinal and Blue

For the second time in three seasons Buller went all the Way to the Meads Cup final, losing to favourites Wanganui 18-20 in a match for which Buller really rose to the occasion. With an ounce of luck, extra time could have been forced but two penalty kicks went astray in the final five minutes.

From the 2015 squad, missing were Jale Masi (Canterbury), Taione Ratu (South Canterbury), Mitieli Kaloudigibeci (injured) and Paul Clarkson (unavailable). Thirty-one players took the field with 12 doing so for the first time, although James So’oialo had previously represented Wellington and Samoa.

The big and fast backline was always a constant threat to the opposition and responsible for 29 of the 36 tries scored. Anthony Tailua had a notable debut season. Having started the year playing rugby league in Christchurch, his attacking prowess from fullback brought him eight tries. His shift from wing to fullback only came about when James So’oialo suffered injury in the opening match. Wing Setafano Sauqaqa again was a good finisher, running in seven tries. James Lash returned for 2016 and continued on from his standout 2014 performances. The classy first five-eighth was the top points scorer in the Heartland Championship and joint top try scorer for the union. Andrew Stephens remains one of the better halfbacks in the Heartland Championship. Newcomer Joshua Tuidriva appeared in the midfield in all 10 matches.

At number eight, Daniel Hytongue was the standout forward, turning in a number of noteworthy performances. Luke Brownlee set a new appearance record for Buller, removing Thomas Stuart’s name from the record books. From his debut in 1999 he has made 161 first-class appearances and, incredibly, only missed three matches. Loan player Blair Mcllroy was again useful at blindside flanker, being very good defensively. Ciaran Neilsen showed some promise in his debut season at lock, while hooker Anthony Ellis, in his first full season, displayed good improvement on last year. At the age of 42 prop Phil Beveridge was the oldest player in the Heartland Championship and announced his retirement after the Meads Cup final, having debuted in 1993.

On 6 August, a Seddon Shield challenge to Nelson Bays was lost 16-19 when conceding a converted try three minutes from the end, in a non-first-class match.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: D.W.L.Hytongue, J.J.Lash

2016 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 7 ; Lost 3
Points : For 292; Against 216
note: a new points structure was trialed in the 2016 Heartland Championship in 2017 they revert back to the 2016 scoring system :
  • Try = 6 points
  • Penalty Try = 8 points (no conversion attempt required)
  • Conversion = 2 points
  • Penalty goal = 2 points
  • Dropped goal = 2 points
HEARTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2016
1. August 27 vs South Canterbury, at Timaru
Lost 26 – 28
Buller Scorers : S.T.Sauqaqa, D.L.Egelstaff, J.J.Lash, tries
J.J.Lash (2) Conversions, (2) Penalty Goals
Referee: Mr.N.J.Webster

2. September 3 vs Mid Canterbury, at Westport
Won 34 – 32
Buller Scorers : J.J.Lash, A.Tailua, J.T.Tuidriva, D.W.L.Hytongue, Tries
J.J.Lash (4) Conversions, (1) Drop Goal
Referee: Mr.R.J.M.Gordon
3. September 10 vs Poverty Bay, at Gisborne
Won 30 – 18
Buller Scorers : J.J.Lash (3), D.W.L.Hytongue, try
J.J.Lash (3) Conversions
Referee: Mr.B.J.Jurlina
4. September 17 vs West Coast, at Westport
Won 48 – 00
Buller Scorers : J.T.Tuidriva (2), J.J.Lash, P.B.Nabainivalu, C.M.Moore, S.T.Sauqaqa, tries
J.J.Lash (6) Conversions
Referee: Mr.A.J.Morrison
5. September 24 vs East Coast, Westport
Won 54 – 22
Buller Scorers : S.T.Sauqaqa (3), A.Tailua (3), S.W.Neighbours, tries
J.J.Lash (6) Conversions
Referee: Mr.T.N.Griffiths
6. October 1 vs Wairarapa Bush, at Masterton
Won 26 – 24
Buller Scorers : P.J.Beveridge, S.T.Sauqaqa, J.J.Lash, tries
J.J.Lash (3) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.V.F.Ringrose
7. October 8 vs Wanganui, at Westport
Lost 00 – 28
Buller Scorers : —–
—–
Referee: Mr.H.G.Reed
8. October 15 vs King Country, at Taupo
Won  40 – 38
Buller Scorers : A.Tailua (2), D.W.L.Hytongue, J.J.Lash, B.S.McIlroy, tries
J.J.Lash (4) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
 Referee: Mr.J.J.Doleman
9. October 22 vs South Canterbury, (Meads Cup Semi-final) at Timaru
Won 16 – 06
Buller Scorers : S.T.Sauqaqa, P.B.Nabinivalu, tries
J.J.Lash (2) Conversions
Referee: Mr.V.F.Ringrose
10. October 29 vs Wanganui (Meads Cup Final) , at Wanganui
Lost 18 – 20
Buller Scorers : A.Tailua (2) tries
J.J.Lash (2) Conversions, (1) Penalty Goal
Referee: Mr.J.J.Doleman
Buller REPRESENTATIVES {2016 + Total Games}
Name Club 2016 Total for Union
Simon Abel Ngakawau 7 25
Phil Beveridge White Star 9 147
Matthew Bonisch White Star 6 60
Luke Brownlee White Star 8 161
Stephen Crackett Westport 4 36
Glen Duncan Westport 5 36
David Egelstaff Nelson (2) 10 10
Lochie Elley White Star 4 4
Anthony Ellis Reefton 10 14
Shane Grieve Nelson (2) 1 10
Isaac Hogarth White Star 4 4
Daniel Hytongue Reefton 10 10
James Lash Reefton 10 21
Callum Lennon White Star 1 1
Hemi Manawatu Reefton 4 5
Thor Manawatu Reefton 5 12
Blair McIlroy Darfield (3) 10 50
Jareth McKay Westport 6 7
Craig Moore (1) Nelson (2) 2 52
Logan Mundy White Star 9 92
Penijamini Nabainivalu Wellington (4) 8 76
Scott Neighbours Westport 4 43
Ciaran Neilsen Ngakawau 8 8
Kahu Parata Westport 1 1
Petaia Saukuru Westport 9 9
Setefano Sauqaqa Ngakawau 10 31
James So’oialo Wellington (4) 1 1
Andrew Stephens (Capt.) Ngakawau 10 85
Anthony Tailua White Star 10 10
Joshua Tuidriva White Star 10 10
Luke Watson White Star 9 9
1 Player of Origin ; 2 Tasman RU  ; 3 Canterbury ; 4 Wellington
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