East Coast Rugby Union Season – 2012

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2012 Status:
Founded 1921 – Affiliated 1921
M. Devery
Main ground:
Whakarua Park, Ruatoria
Sky blue and white

Whakarua Park in Ruatoria was the scene of one of the greatest comebacks in the history of national championship finals. Defending Meads Cup champion Wanganui dominated the game and held a commanding 27-3 lead into the second half. The result seemed a formality, even when Moeke scored in the 55th minute and Fisi’ihoi eight minutes later to lift the score to 27-17.The crowd of 2,000 were thinking the Coast would finish with a respectable score in defeat. But when King scored with eight minutes remaining the Coast trailed by only three points and the spectators came alive and play was held up while the touchlines were cleared of encroaching fans. Played in very warm conditions both sides were at near exhaustion but East Coast, supported by their vocal supporters, produced that extra effort needed and when Bartlett crashed over the line in the 78th minute to take the lead 29-27 the field was invaded by ecstatic fans.

No one, apart from the referee, cared about the conversion attempt.The Meads Cup title was reward for the effort made over two years by Ngarimu Simpkins and Rua Tipoki. Early season games did not indicate East Coast would be finalists, particularly after being well beaten by South Canterbury. The best forwards were loan players Ziggy Fisi’ihoi and Everard Reid, a grandson of Tori Reid. The regular players included Morgan Wirepa, Kerehama Blackman, Tripoli Poi, Simpkins, Pakanui Webb, and former Poverty Bay rep Brent Ingram.Veteran Mutu Ngarimu assisted in the later games. Tanetoa Parata showed much promise.

Tipoki directed the backline which contained some dangerous attacking players. Verdon Bartlett enjoyed an outstanding season and origin player Whaimotu Craft-Chemis created many opportunities. Irishman John Semple, loaned from Canterbury, was a big contributor to the scoreboard and he would have relished the Coast hospitality. Pomare Samupo and Tau Moeke earned Heartland selection.

Experienced players Charlie Harrison and Marty Lloyd were again on hand. Eighteen-year old Sam Parkes ignited his team’s revival in the final after replacing Harrison in the 57th minute. The halfback took a quick tap and ran 20 metres before passing to Craft-Chemis in the lead up to Fisiihoi’s try. Parkes is a player with much promise and is a brother of loose forward Ben who was unfortunately injured in an off-field incident in Timaru.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: Moeke, Samupo, Simpkins

Match.Record: Played 11 ; Won ; Lost 2
Points : For 312 ; Against 261

2012 Fixtures

02 Jun, 14:30 H Poverty Bay PJ Sayers Cup 27 - 42
25 Aug, 14:30 H West Coast Heartland Championship 23 - 16
01 Sep, 14:30 A South Canterbury Heartland Championship 37 - 09
08 Sep, 14:30 H Buller Heartland Championship 20 - 18
15 Sep, 14:30 A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 13 - 20
22 Sep, 14:30 H Wanganui Heartland Championship 25 - 17
29 Sep, 14:30 A Thames Valley Heartland Championship 38 - 53
06 Oct, 14:30 H King Country Heartland Championship 56 - 24
13 Oct, 14:30 A Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 14 - 24
20 Oct, 14:30 H North Otago Heartland Championship (S/F) Meads Cup 26 - 15
27 Oct, 14:30 H Wanganui Heartland Championship - Final Meads Cup 29 - 27

East Coast RFU 2012

  Name   Position PL
Verdon.R.M.Bartlett Utility Back 10
Placeholder Geoffrey.K.Blackman Lock 10
Placeholder Hone Brooking Prop 1
Placeholder Rukutai Craig First Five 1
Placeholder Mahue.M.Dewes Prop 7
Placeholder S."Ziggy" Fisi’ihoi Prop 11
Placeholder Frankie.C. Taiapa Loose Forward 6
Placeholder Benjamin Haerewa Winger 1
Placeholder Harley Floyd Haerewa Winger 1
Placeholder C.F.'Charlie' Harrison Scrumhalf 10
Placeholder Brent.P.Ingram Flanker 10
Placeholder Michael.D.King Loose Forward, Utility Back 6
Placeholder Brian.M.'Marty' Lloyd Centre 9
Placeholder Taiaha Mangu Fullback 1
Placeholder Frank.T.M.Manuel Prop 6
Placeholder Tau.K.'TK' Moeke Centre 11
Placeholder Robert.N.Simpkins Hooker 11
Placeholder W.P.'Mutu' Ngarimu Loose Forward 3
Placeholder Selwyn Tanetoa Parata Flanker 9
Ben.M.Parkes Flanker 3
Sam.P.Parkes Scrumhalf 9
Placeholder Henare Tripoli Poi Hooker, Prop 10
Placeholder Everard.J.Reid Lock 9
Placeholder Pomare.A.J.Samupo Centre 10
Placeholder John.R.Semple First Five, Fullback 10
Placeholder Hoterini.J.Te Whitu Prop 3
Placeholder Thomas.J.Teaeki Winger 5
Placeholder Te Rua.R.Tipoki Centre, Winger 10
Placeholder William.A.Waitoa Lock 3
Placeholder Pakanui.A.Webb Flanker, Lock 9
Placeholder W.T.Craft-Chemis Centre 8
Placeholder Morgan.T.R.Wi Repa Loose Forward 10

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby Union. We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2013 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. Web Admin