Friday, July 19


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 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1894– (affiliated NZRU 1894)
E.C.(Erik) Westergaard (to July)
J.W.(John) Lennon (from August)
B.A.(Brian) Ahern
C.W.(Craig) Neill
C.M.(Craig) Scanlon
Main ground:
Victoria Square, Westport
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


Sat 22 Aug 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship King Country 32 - 20
Sat 29 Aug 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship/Rundle Cup West Coast 21 - 7
Sat 05 Sep 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush 13 - 14
Sat 12 Sep 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship Whanganui 35 - 09
Sat 19 Sep 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 36 - 14
Sat 26 Sep 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship North Otago 35 - 34
Sat 03 Oct 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship Thames Valley 25 - 17
Sat 10 Oct 5:00 pm A Heartland Championship Horowhenua Kapiti 31 - 44
Sat 17 Oct 5:00 pm H Heartland Championship/Lochore Cup Semi Final King Country 06 - 20


    Position PL
Andrew Paul Stephens Scrumhalf 9
Anthony W. Ellis Hooker 4
Placeholder Axel Young Flanker 1
Blair Stewart McIlroy Flanker 8
Placeholder Brad C.M. Hemopo Flanker 3
Placeholder Craig Michael Moore Lock, Prop 8
Glen Anthony Duncan Hooker, Prop 8
Placeholder Hagen L. Schulte First Five 4
Hemi W. Manawatu Prop 0
Iliesa Tora Winger 5
Placeholder Inia V. Toa Hooker 3
Placeholder Isaac L. McDonald Flanker 2
Placeholder Jale Masi No. 8 6
Jesse Morgan Elley First Five, Fullback 7
Placeholder John Robert Noble Centre 6
Placeholder Lance A.H. Gahan Centre, Fullback 3
Logan Matthew Mundy Lock, Prop 8
Luke George Brownlee Flanker 7
Placeholder Marc L. Crackett Prop 2
Placeholder Matthew D. James Lock 3
Placeholder Mitieli Kaloudigibeci Winger 8
Paul Charles Clarkson Flanker, Lock, Winger 6
Penijamini Nabainivalu Centre 8
Philip.J.’Phil’ Beveridge Hooker, Prop 8
Scott William Neighbours Winger 6
Simon Abel Flanker 5
Stefano Tuidrodroa Sauqaqa Centre 8
Stephen Robert Crackett Hooker, Prop 4
Placeholder Taione Ratu Lock, No. 8 7
Thor H. Manawatu Scrumhalf 6
Placeholder Tyler J. Price Centre, Fullback 1

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