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

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

Date Venue   Opponent Competition Result
27 Aug, 5:00 pm A South Canterbury Heartland Championship 28 - 26
03 Sep, 5:00 pm H Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 34 - 32
10 Sep, 5:00 pm A Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 18 - 30
17 Sep, 5:00 pm H West Coast Heartland Championship 48 - 00
24 Sep, 5:00 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 54 - 22
01 Oct, 5:00 pm A Wairarapa Bush Heartland Championship 24 - 26
08 Oct, 5:00 pm H Wanganui Heartland Championship 00 - 28
15 Oct, 5:00 pm A King Country Heartland Championship 38 - 40
22 Oct, 5:00 pm A South Canterbury Heartland Championship/Meads Cup Semi Final 06 - 16
29 Oct, 5:00 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship/Meads Cup Final 20 - 18

2016 Buller REPRESENTATIVES

  Name   Position PL
Andrew Stephens Scrumhalf 10
Anthony Ellis Hooker 10
Anthony Tailua Fullback, Winger 10
Blair McIlroy Flanker 10
Callum Lennon Scrumhalf 1
Ciaran Neilsen Lock 8
Placeholder Craig Moore Lock, Prop 2
Dan Hytongue No. 8 10
David Egelstaff Lock 10
Glen Duncan Hooker, Prop 5
Hemi Manawatu Prop 4
Isaac Hogarth Centre 4
James Lash First Five 10
Placeholder James So'oialo First Five, Fullback, Winger 1
Placeholder Jareth McKay Hooker, Prop 0
Joshua Tuidriva Centre, Winger 10
Placeholder Kahutia Parata Flanker, Lock 1
Placeholder Lochie Elley Prop 4
Logan Mundy Prop 9
Luke Brownlee Flanker 8
Luke Watson Lock 9
Matthew.P.Bonisch Fullback 6
Penijamini Nabainivalu Centre 8
Placeholder Petaia Saukuru Centre, Winger 9
Philip.J.’Phil’Beveridge Hooker, Prop 9
Scott Neighbours Winger 4
Setefano Sauqaqa Centre 10
Placeholder Shane Grieve Flanker, Lock 1
Simon Abel Flanker 7
Stephen Crackett Hooker, Prop 4
Thor Manawatu Scrumhalf 4

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