Year by Year ~ 1958 ~

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 2019 and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. – Web Admin – Information Sourced from the NZ Rugby Almanack 1959

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(Founded, 1921; Affiliated, 1922)
Headquarters: Ruatoria.

Selectors: Messrs. C.P.Shea, D.McClutchie and W.Rickard

Losing only two of its nine matches, to Wellington and Wairarapa, and including two victories over Poverty Bay, East Coast experienced a most satisfying season. One contributing factor was the availability of previous representatives of experience , only six of the 25 players required being without earlier representation. The forwards were lively and enterprising and the backs ever eager to attack. The outstanding players were B.A.Watson, one of the two “white men” in the team,, a very useful centre, fierce tackler and fast-running and versatile attacker as he proved when given a run in the North Island Trials, the other was a newcomer, J.L.Karaka, a very fast but light loose forward of considerable ability, tireless in his covering of the field. Another player of more than average ability was Kururangi, a good handling, neat and lively second five-eighth.

Moeke and Reedy were two very able and speedy wingers. Whatarau added vim at first five-eighth, Knox Karaka performed some amazing things at full-back, and Awarau, another new rep., was a reliable half-back. Paea, now a more solid forward, had returned from Poverty Bay; he last played for the Coast in 1954.

Other old representatives to reappear were Morrison and Peachey, 1956 players, and Shelford and Moeke, whose last appearance was in 1955. Hiha had previously represented Hawkes Bay and Ihaka was a Counties player in 1956. Whatarau, who late in the season returned to Counties, was a member of the New Zealand Maori side. Knox Karaka, Hovell, T.M.Reedy and Whatarau played in the New Zealand Maori Trials, and Knox, and J.L.Karaka, Reedy, and Hiha represented Tai Rawhiti.

1958 Results

Sat 06 Sep 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 37 - 10
Tue 19 Aug 14:30 Representative NPEC v Bay of Plenty 19 - 03
Sat 09 Aug 14:30 Representative NPEC v Bush RU 24 - 06
Tue 05 Aug 14:30 Representative Hawkes Bay v NPEC 08 - 16
Sat 02 Aug 14:30 Representative Horowhenua-Kapiti v NPEC 19 - 22
Wed 30 Jul 14:30 Representative Wellington v NPEC 16 - 11
Sat 26 Jul 14:30 Representative Wairarapa RFU v NPEC 32 - 06
Wed 23 Jul 14:30 Representative Bush RU v NPEC 14 - 17
Mon 02 Jun 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 12 - 19

Players 1958

      Position PL
0221 Walter Materite Peachey Prop 1
0250 Placeholder Hemara ‘Bo' Kururangi First Five, Winger 8
0256 Placeholder H.M. 'John' Paea Flanker, Lock 9
0258 Placeholder Tuta Wanui Taare Scrumhalf 1
0264 Placeholder Thomas Tamati Lock 8
0269 Placeholder Walter Walker Forward 1 (1)
0272 Placeholder E.R.'Knox' Karaka Centre, Fullback 6
0276 Placeholder Thomas Shelford Prop 1
0280 Placeholder Albert Ngatai Forward 2
0282 Placeholder Bruce Allan Watson Centre 9
0287 Placeholder George Kiwa Walker Lock, Prop 8
0292 Placeholder John Jacob Moeke Centre 9
0298 Placeholder Rangituatini 'Tene’ Henare Prop 8
0305 Placeholder Euan Trafford Hovell Loose Forward 6
0307 Placeholder Tamati Muturangi Reedy Fullback, Winger 9
0308 Placeholder David John Hooper First Five, Fullback 8 (2)
0309 Placeholder James Morrison Prop 3 (1)
0315 Placeholder Edward Hone Whatarau First Five, Fullback 5
0316 Placeholder Pia Ihaka Scrumhalf 3
0317 Placeholder J.L. Karaka Flanker 8
0318 Placeholder Ruruarau Heitia Hiha Lock 3
0319 Placeholder Mauheru Kokiri Hooker 8
0320 Placeholder Victor Claude Rickard Loose Forward 4
0321 Placeholder Mokena Pahoe Awarau Scrumhalf 7
0322 Placeholder John Maxwell No.8 4