Positives in defeat

RUGBY by Ben O’Brien-Leaf Published: September 24, 2019 11:24AM NGATI Porou East Coast are taking the positives from their Heartland Championship 67-24 loss to Wanganui at Cooks Gardens on Saturday. The hosts scored 11 tries but the Coast produced three of the best in a scoreline both sides felt did not reflect the

District players in form for Defence Blacks

TOKOMARU Bay man Hakarangi Tichborne, former Wairoa College student Zane Douglas and the New Zealand Defence Force rugby team have made a winning start to the International Defence Rugby Competition. They beat the Australian Defence Force 47-35 in Japan on Sunday. Tichborne is a captain in the New Zealand Army and plays

Coast push King Country

by Ben O’Brien-Leaf - Gisborne Herald Published: September 17, 2019 4:38PM They had the means, motive and opportunity. Or put in a more humdrum way, Ngati Porou East Coast had enough ball, passion and territory to beat the King Country Rams. As it was, the visitors at Hatea-a-Rangi Domain at Tokomaru Bay extended their

Heartland Wk 3 Results

West Coast’s winning run in Mitre 10 Heartland Rugby continues although they were pushed all the way before claiming a 43-41 win over Mid Canterbury on Saturday. They sit one point clear of North Otago, on 13 points. North Otago also had a close call when scoring in the 76th minute

Coast lose gritty u18 clash

by Ben O’Brien-Leaf - Gisborne Herald It was gritty. The Thames Valley under-18 rugby team beat their Ngati Porou East Coast opposites 19-12 yesterday, but left Whakarua Park in Ruatoria knowing they’d been in a fight. “We pinched lineout ball from them — as they did to us — and while we lost

Coast earn respect

In rugby, respect is hard-earned. Ngati Porou East Coast earned more of it with a gutsy effort against Mid-Canterbury at Enterprise Cars Whakarua Park on Saturday. The Sky Blues lost 22-15 to the Hammers, but only Mid-Canterbury captain No.8 Jon Dampney said aloud what many might have thought: “A win isn’t far