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
For the second year in a row Buller met South Canterbury in the Lochore Cup ﬁnal, but was unable to repeat last year’s victory at Westport, this time going down 10-17 at Timaru. In the round robin the Union had a 50/50 record and finished seventh, which meant a semi-final away to Wanganui. Buller then surprised many with an excellent 40-30 win in their best performance of the season, having led 28-0 after just 26 minutes.
The strength of the team was the backline which scored 20 of the 25 tries. William Saukuru was a talented fullback, and with wings Mitieli Kaloudigibeci and Iliesa Ravudra were a threatening back three. The attacking thrust was in midﬁeld where Mike Schmidt-Lealava’a was a class centre in partnership with the pacy Penijamini Nabainivalu. Both were equal top try-scorers with Ravudra. Mathew Golding started as first five but then made way for Jesse Elley, and at halfback ever present Andrew Stephens passed 50 games, was an accurate goalkicker, and again deserved his selection in the NZ Heartland team
The forward pack, on the smaller side, was noticeably outplayed in the Lochore Cup ﬁnal. Nevertheless, the two centurions, flanker Luke Brownlee and tight-head prop Phil Beveridge, remained proven performers, while Lee Nelmes was a key player at number eight. All three were ever present. The other loose forward Blair Mcllroy had a high work rate. Glen Duncan finished as starting hooker supplanting Iliesa Namua. Five players appeared at lock with Paul Clarkson and Logan Mundy (starting at prop) being the preferred combination for the second half of the campaign.
Of the 26 players used, seven were new, one of whom, Sauqaqa, had previously played for Counties-Manukau in 2005. Nine players re-appeared after absence — Nelmes, the two Mcllroys, Mundy and Duncan after a year gap, while Abel (2010), Kaloudigibeci (2009), Clarkson (2008) and Simmiss (2007) had last appeared earlier than that. A loss was last year’s record points scorer Marty Banks who had gone to Tasman.
Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: A.P.Stephens
2013 Match Record: Played 10; Won 5 ; Lost 5
Points : For 197 ; Against 196
2013 Fixtures & Results
|24 Aug, 5:00 pm||A||West Coast||Heartland Championship/Rundle Cup||23 - 17|
|31 Aug, 5:00 pm||H||Wanganui||Heartland Championship||15 - 11|
|07 Sep, 5:00 pm||A||Thames Valley||Heartland Championship||23 - 18|
|14 Sep, 5:00 pm||H||East Coast||Heartland Championship||28 - 12|
|21 Sep, 5:00 pm||A||Horowhenua Kapiti||Heartland Championship||15 - 19|
|28 Sep, 5:00 pm||H||Wairarapa Bush||Heartland Championship||03 - 13|
|05 Oct, 5:00 pm||A||Poverty Bay||Heartland Championship||21 - 34|
|12 Oct, 5:00 pm||H||Mid Canterbury||Heartland Championship||13 - 31|
|19 Oct, 5:00 pm||A||Wanganui||Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Semi Final||30 - 40|
|27 Oct, 5:00 pm||A||South Canterbury||Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Final||17 - 10|
2013 Buller REPRESENTATIVES
|Gene Simmiss||Flanker, No. 8||9|
|Glen Duncan||Hooker, Prop||9|
|Iliesa Ravudra||Fullback, Winger||10|
|Isei Lewaqai||Lock, No. 8||10|
|Jareth McKay||Hooker, Prop||1|
|Jesse Elley||First Five, Fullback||10|
|Lee Nelmes||Flanker, No. 8||10|
|Mathew Golding||First Five||9|
|Paul Clarkson||Flanker, Lock, Winger||10|
|Scott McIlroy||Hooker, Prop||7|
|William Saukuru||Centre, Fullback||8|