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East Coast Rugby Union Season – 2021

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2021 Status:
Founded 1921 – Affiliated 1921
Name changed to Ngati Porou East Coast 2017
C.W. (Campbell) Dewes
V.S. (Val) Morrison
Cushla Tangaere-Manuel
H.E. (Hosea) Gear
Assistant Coach:
M.T.R. (Morgan) Wirepa jnr
Main ground:
Whakarua Park, Ruatoria
Sky blue and white

In their centenary year Ngati Porou East Coast won a Heartland Championship match for the first time since 2013. After 54 consecutive defeats in the competition Buller was defeated 50-26 at Ruatoria, then two more wins followed against Poverty Bay and Wairarapa Bush, giving Ngati Porou East Coast their best record since the 2012 team that won the Meads Cup. The win-loss record could have been further improved as West Coast won with a try three minutes from the end.

The team played flowing, exciting football which was made possible by the team’s overall fitness. A bonus point for four tries was scored in all but the Thames Valley and South Canterbury games, who were the two teams that eventually made the Meads Cup final.

Coach Hosea Gear was able to entice former All Blacks in his brother Rico (one match), Ma’a Nonu, and Nehe Milner-Skudder (one match) as well as current New Zealand Sevens rep Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and former Hurricane/Samoan international Faifili Levave during the course of the season, and even took the field himself twice. Nonu created the most interest. He did not try too much individually, instead he concentrated more on setting up the players around him.

Others to debut with previous first-class experience were Will Bolingford, Jody Tuhaka, Myles Tawa, Gabe Te Kani (all Poverty Bay), Trent Boswell-Wakefield (Hawke’s Bay), and Peter Mirrielees (Otago), while Te Rangi Fraser had returned from Bay of Plenty and Adrian Collier had last represented in 2005.

Loose forward Hone Haerewa, the captain, was outstanding, passing 50 games for the union.

He was an excellent tackler, tenacious at the breakdown, won a lot of lineout ball, and had good instinct as a support player. Hooker Jorian Tangaere was not far behind, playing almost like a fourth loose forward and performed his core roles well in the scrum and lineout.

Flanker Tanira Tamanui-Nepia had a strong debut season and fellow loosie Will Bolingford shone against West Coast. Lock Gabe Te Kani won some good lineout ball and prop Perrin Manuel was the only forward to start every game.

The two standouts in the backline were halfback Sam Parkes and first five-eighth Te Rangi Fraser. They combined superbly and were both threats to the opposition individually scoring eight tries each. Parkes reached 50 games and Fraser’s goalkicking was on form, scoring a new individual points scoring record in a match for the union with his 25 points against Buller.

Ngarohi McGarvey-Black showed his sevens speed in scoring four tries in his four games, particularly the one he scored against Wairarapa Bush, and fullback Hamuera Moana always looked for the counter attack.

The Union celebrated its centenary with the Queen’s Birthday match against Poverty Bay.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: H.T.R. Haerewa

2021 Results

Sat 06 Nov 14:30 A Heartland Championship Wairarapa Bush 19 - 34
Sat 30 Oct 14:30 A Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 28 - 31
Sat 23 Oct 13:00 A Heartland Championship West Coast 39 - 34
Sat 16 Oct 14:30 H Heartland Championship Buller 50 - 26
Sat 09 Oct 14:30 H Heartland Championship South Canterbury 12 - 34
Sat 02 Oct 14:30 A Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti 38 - 31
Sat 25 Sep 14:30 H Heartland Championship Thames Valley 19 - 35
Sat 18 Sep 14:30 A Heartland Championship North Otago 39 - 31
Sat 07 Aug 13:00 H Representative (non-1st class) Eastern Bay of Plenty (EBOP) 14 - 20
Sat 31 Jul 16:35 A Representative (non-1st class) Northland Development XV 62 - 14
Sat 24 Jul 15:00 A Ranfurly Shield Hawkes Bay 93 - 05
Sat 05 Jun 14:00 H PJ Sayers Cup Poverty Bay 28 - 21

APPEARANCES For East Coast RFU (2021 - Career)

    Position PL
0000 zPenalty Try 1
-- James Henderson Centre 0
-- Maia Fox Prop 1
-- Ben Raimou Winger 1
-- Teancum Kahaki 1
-- Te Atapo Kirikiri 1
0929 Adrian Peia Collier Prop 1
0995 Richard.J.S.’Riki’ Waitoa Lock, Winger 6
1005 Verdon R.M. Bartlett Utility Back 4
1044 Alistair Tanetoa Parata Flanker 2
1057 Hoani J. Te Moana Flanker 4
1062 Sam.P. Parkes Scrumhalf 10
1068 Pamona Samupo Winger 1
1072 Te Rangi.H.H.H. Fraser Fullback, First Five 10
1081 Perrin Joseph Manuel Flanker, Hooker 11
1087 Pera Patrick Bishop Prop 3
1093 Moana Hape Mato Winger 5
1106 Hone Haerewa No.8, Winger 9
1113 Richard Green Loose Forward 10
1119 Mike Chambers-Raroa Prop 3
1142 Patrick Allen Flanker 2
1146 Morgan Poi No.8 1
1149 Fabyan Kahaki Scrumhalf 1
1152 Trent Proffit Flanker 3
1154 Te Wehi Wright Centre 5
1162 Teina Potae Winger 10
1165 Raniera Whakataka Hooker 1
1168 Te Aho Morice Utility Back 1
1170 Jack Richardson Loose Forward 5
1176 Jesse Rye Centre, Winger 1
1179 Tipene Meihana Winger 5
1181 Tawhao M.T.I.W Stewart Centre 9
1182 Hamuera Moana Scrumhalf 11
1186 John Brown Hooker 1
1188 Hirini Delamere Forward 1
1189 Netani Seruwaqa Forward 1
1190 Tutere Waenga * Back 7
1192 Jorian Tangaere Forward 9
1194 Rapata Haerewa Back 2
1195 Tarleq Simeon Back 1
1198 Jody Tuhaka Forward 9
1199 Sam Matenga Prop 1
1200 Will Bolingford Flanker 10
1201 Nehe Milner-Skudder Fullback 1
1202 Tanira Tamanui-Nepia Winger 7
1203 Josh Dearden Winger 3
1204 Peter Mirrielees Prop 7
1205 Trent Boswell-Wakefield Lock 3
1206 Te Manu Herewini Centre 7
1207 Gabe Te Kani Flanker, Hooker 7
1208 Myles Lardelli-Muir Tawa Lock 7
1209 George Waddy 2
1210 Ngarohi McGarvey-Black Utility Back, Winger 4
1211 Faifili Levave Loose Forward 3
1212 Hosea Gear Utility Back 2
1213 Ma'a Nonu Centre 4
1214 Rico Gear Centre 1
1218 Tuterangi Ngarimu Flanker 1