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Year By Year , Our History ~ 2015 ~

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 since 1934 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin

2015

Season

2015 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1894– (affiliated NZRU 1894)
Chairman:
E.C.(Erik) Westergaard (to July)
J.W.(John) Lennon (from August)
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

Buller finished sixth in the round robin with a 50/50 record and then lost at home in the Lochore Cup semi-final to King Country; a disappointing finish after having defeated King Country in the round robin. If either of the one-point defeats to Wairarapa Bush or North Otago had been overcome then Buller would have finished fourth with a Meads Cup semi-final. The best Performance of the campaign was the Win at Horowhenua Kapiti where Buller completely dominated the first 60 minutes to lead 44-10.

In the backs Setefano Sauqaqa again was an elusive finisher to score nine tries, including a record-equaling four against Thames Valley. Scott Neighbours and Penijamini Nabainivalu both gave reliable performances every week. Loan player Hagen Schulte started in the 10 jersey, but a change was made after the fourth match with Jesse Elley brought forward. He challenged the opposition defence well. Andrew Stephens appeared in every match and took over the goal kicking with Elley’s shift. Last year’s record-breaking try scorer Iliesa Ravudra had shifted to Tasman but appeared in the final five matches on loan.

Luke Brownlee’s record run of consecutive matches ended when missing the opening match against King Country due to injury, while fellow flanker Blair Mcllroy never turned in a bad game and was unlucky to miss New Zealand Heartland selection. Lock Craig Moore had a standout season and fully deserved his New Zealand Heartland selection. Fellow lock Taione Ratu, a number eight last year, made a good impression in the role. The two props Phil Beveridge and Logan Mundy gave excellent service in every game, with Mundy finally scoring his first try for the province in his 79th match. Brad Hemopo was a valuable loan acquisition but injury restricted him to only half the games.

Thirty-one players were used, of which 13 were new, and John Noble and Stephen Crackett earned recalls after last appearing in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Missing from last year were James Lash (Tasman), Mike Lealava’a (Wellington) and Isei Lewaqai (West Coast).

On 8 August a Seddon Shield challenge to Nelson Bays sub-union was lost 6-36 in a non first-class fixture.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: C.M.Moore

2015 Match Record: Played 9 ; Won 4 ; Lost 5
Points : For 206; Against 207

HEARTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

Date Venue   Opponent Competition Result
22 Aug, 5:00 pm H King Country Heartland Championship 32 - 20
29 Aug, 5:00 pm A West Coast Heartland Championship 21 - 07
05 Sep, 5:00 pm H Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 13 - 14
12 Sep, 5:00 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 35 - 09
19 Sep, 5:00 pm H Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 36 - 14
26 Sep, 5:00 pm A North Otago Heartland Championship 35 - 34
03 Oct, 5:00 pm H Thames Valley Heartland Championship 25 - 17
10 Oct, 5:00 pm A Horowhenua Kapiti Heartland Championship 31 - 44
17 Oct, 5:00 pm H King Country Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Semi Final 06 - 20

2015 Buller REPRESENTATIVES

  Name   Position PL
Andrew Stephens Scrumhalf 9
Anthony Ellis Hooker 4
Placeholder Axel Young Flanker 1
Blair McIlroy Flanker 9
Placeholder Brad Hemopo Flanker 4
Placeholder Craig Moore Lock, Prop 9
Glen Duncan Hooker, Prop 9
Placeholder Hagen Schulte First Five 5
Hemi Manawatu Prop 1
Iliesa Ravudra Fullback, Winger 5
Placeholder Inia Toa Hooker 4
Placeholder Isaac McDonald Flanker 2
Placeholder Jale Masi No. 8 7
Jesse Elley First Five, Fullback 8
Placeholder John Noble Centre 6
Placeholder Lance Gahan Centre, Fullback 3
Logan Mundy Prop 9
Luke Brownlee Flanker 8
Placeholder Marc Crackett Prop 2
Placeholder Matthew James Lock 4
Placeholder Mitieli Kaloudigibeci Winger 9
Paul Clarkson Flanker, Lock, Winger 7
Penijamini Nabainivalu Centre 9
Philip.J.’Phil’Beveridge Hooker, Prop 9
Scott Neighbours Winger 7
Setefano Sauqaqa Centre 9
Simon Abel Flanker 5
Stephen Crackett Hooker, Prop 4
Placeholder Taione Ratu Lock, No. 8 7
Thor Manawatu Scrumhalf 7
Placeholder Tyler Price Centre, Fullback 1

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