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Ngati Porou East Coast

NPEC

26

Poverty Bay

08
Anaru Skip Paenga Memorial Saturday 4 June @ 14:30 Whakarua Park Ruatōria

Dream debut for Destounis as Coast win Queen’s Birthday derby.

STEFAN Destounis scored three tries on debut as Ngati Porou East Coast ended a 10-year drought with a 26-8 win against LeaderBrand Poverty Bay at Whakarua Park, Ruatoria on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Tokomaru United openside flanker celebrated his first match in a Sky Blues jersey with tries in the third, 55th and 70th minutes. It helped the Coast to their first win in the annual Queen’s Birthday Weekend rugby clash was revived in 2005 and their first victory over their neighbours since September 28, 2013, when they beat Poverty Bay 22-18 in a Heartland Championship clash.

NGATI POROU EAST COAST 26 (Stefan Destounis 3, Ian Wilson tries; Todd Doolan con).
POVERTY BAY 8 (George Halley try; Ethine Reeves pen).
HT: 8-8

It also gave new co-coaches Troy Para and Wayne Ensor and new skipper Sam Parkes the perfect start to their representative season.

As well as scoring three tries, Destounis played a major role in right-winger Ian Wilson’s try five minutes into the second half.

The Bay had the feed-in to a scrum 10 metres from their own tryline and tried to run the ball off the back of the scrum, only for Destounis to rip the ball free and put Wilson in for a six-pointer to give the Coast a 14-8 lead.

“That was a huge moment for us,” Para said. “The first half was pretty even. We started well, the Bay came back and at 8-all it was anybody’s game.

“Scoring first gave us the momentum we needed and the boys grew in confidence. We wanted a big performance from the forwards and they delivered.”

Great result for hard work
Ensor said it was a great result for the hard work the players put in.

“We’ll all enjoy the win but it’s also a reality check that the Heartland Championship is another huge step up,” he said. At halftime we were disappointed that we had made more mistakes than we had done things right. But we were still in the game.

“Joe McClutchie (former Coast coach, who led the Sky Blues to back-to-back third division titles and a place in the second division final) talked to the boys before the game. He spoke about the importance of whakapapa, team culture, playing for each other and never giving up.

“At halftime, Stefan stepped up and said he had another gear in him. Some players just talk the talk but in that second half he walked the talk, as did all the boys, and I’m immensely proud of them all.

“George Tuala (tighthead prop) had a massive impact. Scott (Lasenby, lock) is probably the smallest lock in the Heartland Championship but he punched way above his weight. Parkesy led the team well from halfback and our loan players all made valuable contributions.”

Destounis played down his three-try performance.

“I was just lucky to be in the right spot at the right time,” he said. “There was a lot of hard work that went on before the tries.”

From the kick-off, the Coast made clear their intention to run the ball. First five-eighth Todd Doolan, a loan player from Waikato, and Parkes were involved in the move that led to the first try. Parkes made a darting run from broken play and passed to Doolan, who carved a big hole in the Bay defence then offloaded to Destounis to score between the posts inside the opening three minutes.

Bay hits back
The Bay hit back five minutes later, with a penalty from their best player on the day, fullback Ethine Reeves. With No.8 Siosiua Moala causing the Coast problems with his strong running, the Bay levelled the scores with a try to left-winger George Halley in the 15th minute. However, when Moala (head and shoulder injuries) and blindside flanker Willis Tamatea (medial knee ligament) left the field before halftime, the Bay lost their go-forward.

“Injuries hurt us but we’re not going to make excuses,” Bay coach Mutu Ngarimu said. “This is the Coast’s day and they deserve it.”

After Wilson’s try, the Coast dominated the second half, winning the set-pieces and looking dangerous every tine they attacked.

After the home pack demolished the Bay at scrum time, 20 metres in from the left touchline, the ball was spread wide where only a try-saving tackle by Halley on fullback Kris Palmer prevented the Coast from increasing their lead.

From the resulting Bay lineout, the ball was tapped back towards their goal-line and Destounis was the first to react, scoring an opportunist try.

The Bay refused to throw in the towel but spent most of the half on defence and feeding off scraps.

Destounis put the nail in the coffin with his third try in the 70th minute.

Although on the losing side, Reeves, halfback Willy Grogan, Moala and centre Devonte Martin played well.

167
Played
39
Won
5
Drawn
123
Lost

Previous meetings

02 Jun 23 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 18 - 19
01 Aug 23 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 18 - 06
18 Jul 24 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 16 - 03
27 Jun 25 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 14
05 Sep 25 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 24 - 08
17 Jul 26 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 11 - 14
09 Jul 27 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 11
27 Aug 27 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 16 - 11
07 Jul 28 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 07 - 09
11 Aug 28 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 13
17 Aug 29 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 26 - 17
07 Sep 29 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 17 - 19
12 Jul 30 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 11 - 9
06 Sep 30 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 14 - 16
12 Sep 31 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 11 - 11
30 Jul 32 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 03
10 Sep 32 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 21 - 11
08 Jul 33 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 07
19 Aug 33 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 19 - 14
01 Sep 34 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 31 - 00
15 Sep 34 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 21 - 25
06 May 35 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 09 - 10
13 Jun 35 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 19 - 13
17 Jul 37 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 11 - 13
11 Sep 37 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 13 - 17
30 Jul 38 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 15 - 10
13 Aug 38 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 20 - 13
15 Jun 40 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 13 - 03
03 Aug 46 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 19 - 10
24 Aug 46 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 09 - 08
23 Aug 47 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 13 - 00
20 Sep 47 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 15
07 Aug 48 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 17 - 05
18 Sep 48 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 08 - 14
06 Jun 49 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 19 - 11
06 Aug 49 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 11
05 Jun 50 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 11 - 09
09 Sep 50 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 15 - 19
04 Jun 51 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 08 - 03
21 Jul 51 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 08 - 03
02 Jun 52 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 09 - 08
30 Aug 52 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 09 - 06
02 Jun 53 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 25 - 09
12 Sep 53 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 16 - 08
07 Jun 54 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 16 - 14
07 Aug 54 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 08
06 Jun 55 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 18 - 03
23 Jul 55 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 12
26 May 56 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 06
04 Jun 56 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 08 - 08
03 Jun 57 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 23 - 06
29 Jun 57 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 18 - 06
02 Jun 58 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 12 - 19
06 Sep 58 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 37 - 10
01 Jun 59 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 09 - 18
08 Aug 59 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 13 - 00
06 Jun 60 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 08 - 06
16 Jul 60 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 09 - 08
05 Jun 61 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 10 - 05
24 Jun 61 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 08 - 03
04 Jun 62 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 34 - 08
28 Jul 62 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 08 - 06
03 Jun 63 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 09 - 08
22 Jun 63 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 05 - 03
01 Jun 64 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 14 - 00
29 Aug 64 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 26
15 May 65 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 08
07 Jun 65 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 23 - 14
06 Jun 66 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 22 - 06
09 Jul 66 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 11 - 23
05 Jun 67 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 19 - 09
16 Aug 67 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 16
03 Jun 68 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 03 - 00
27 Jul 68 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 33
02 Jun 69 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 35 - 00
09 Aug 69 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 11 - 20
01 Jun 70 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 29 - 08
15 Aug 70 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 03
07 Jun 71 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 39 - 19
19 Jun 71 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 13 - 17
05 Jun 72 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 63 - 09
19 Aug 72 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 46
04 Jun 73 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 27 - 06
25 Aug 73 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 23
03 Jun 74 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 24 - 04
27 Jul 74 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 09 - 20
02 Jun 75 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 51 - 03
21 Jun 75 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 32
07 Jun 76 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 51 - 03
03 Jul 76 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 22
01 Jan 77 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 09 - 23
25 Apr 77 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 25 - 06
06 Jun 77 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 23 - 18
05 Jun 78 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 19 - 19
05 Aug 78 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 06 - 21
04 Jun 79 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 26 - 03
21 Jul 79 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 10 - 34
02 Jun 80 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 75 - 00
20 Sep 80 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 19
01 Jun 81 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 48 - 06
02 Aug 81 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 10 - 12
07 Jun 82 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 15 - 15
26 Jun 82 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 16
06 Jun 83 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 23 - 03
01 Oct 83 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 74
04 Jun 84 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 34 - 07
15 Sep 84 14:30 Div2 Nth-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 16 - 12
03 Jun 85 14:30 Div3 Nth-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 24 - 00
21 Sep 85 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 50
31 May 86 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 06 - 10
13 Sep 86 14:30 Div3-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 18 - 07
30 May 87 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 12
19 Sep 87 14:30 Div3-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 28 - 06
04 Jun 88 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 19 - 12
12 Jul 88 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 13
03 Jun 89 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 22
30 Sep 89 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 36 - 06
19 May 90 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 46 - 06
01 Sep 90 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 07 - 39
01 Jun 91 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 24 - 03
31 Aug 91 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 23 - 13
16 May 92 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 16
19 Sep 92 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 36 - 10
05 Jun 93 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 07 - 25
02 Oct 93 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 53 - 31
27 Aug 94 14:30 Div3-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 13 - 19
07 May 95 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 17 - 20
02 Sep 95 14:30 Div3-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 17 - 37
24 May 96 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 30 - 11
14 Sep 96 14:30 Div3-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 43 - 13
13 Jul 97 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 27 - 25
13 Sep 97 14:30 Div3-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 15 - 34
14 Jun 98 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 72
19 Sep 98 14:30 Div3-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 29 - 13
20 Jun 99 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 38 - 07
11 Sep 99 14:30 Div3-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 10 - 15
24 Oct 99 14:30 Div3-NPC(F) NPEC v Poverty Bay 18 - 15
16 Sep 00 14:30 Div3-NPC Poverty Bay v NPEC 28 - 30
04 Aug 01 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 10 - 54
17 Aug 02 14:30 Representative NPEC v Poverty Bay 32 - 15
09 Aug 03 14:30 Representative Poverty Bay v NPEC 14 - 17
17 Sep 05 14:30 Div2-NPC NPEC v Poverty Bay 05 - 26
05 Jun 06 14:30 Pre-Season NPEC v Poverty Bay 10 - 24
23 Sep 06 14:30 Lochore Cup Poverty Bay v NPEC 33 - 15
04 Jun 07 14:30 Pre-Season Poverty Bay v NPEC 56 - 00
15 Sep 07 14:30 Heartland Championship NPEC v Poverty Bay 24 - 33
20 Sep 08 14:30 Heartland Championship NPEC v Poverty Bay 00 - 43
30 May 09 14:30 Pre-Season Poverty Bay v NPEC 03 - 46
05 Jun 10 14:30 Pre-Season NPEC v Poverty Bay 03 - 24
04 Sep 10 14:30 Heartland Championship Poverty Bay v NPEC 71 - 03
04 Jun 11 14:30 Pre-Season Poverty Bay v NPEC 34 - 16
17 Sep 11 14:30 Heartland Championship NPEC v Poverty Bay 30 - 29
02 Jun 12 14:30 PJ Sayers Cup NPEC v Poverty Bay 27 - 42
13 Oct 12 14:30 Heartland Championship Poverty Bay v NPEC 14 - 24
28 Sep 13 14:30 Heartland Championship NPEC v Poverty Bay 22 - 18
31 May 14 14:30 PJ Sayers Cup NPEC v Poverty Bay 12 - 28
23 Aug 14 14:30 Heartland Championship Poverty Bay v NPEC 52 - 12
30 May 15 14:30 Anaru Skip Paenga Memorial Poverty Bay v NPEC 26 - 20
22 Aug 15 14:30 Heartland Championship NPEC v Poverty Bay 15 - 60
04 Jun 16 14:30 Anaru Skip Paenga Memorial NPEC v Poverty Bay 26 - 08
27 Aug 16 14:30 Heartland Championship Poverty Bay v NPEC 54 - 30
03 Jun 17 14:30 Anaru Skip Paenga Memorial Poverty Bay v NPEC 38 - 23
16 Sep 17 14:30 Heartland Championship Poverty Bay v NPEC 35 - 15
02 Jun 18 14:30 Pre-Season NPEC v Poverty Bay 18 - 58
22 Sep 18 14:30 Heartland Championship NPEC v Poverty Bay 19 - 26
01 Jun 19 13:00 PJ Sayers Cup NPEC v Poverty Bay 17 - 29
05 Oct 19 14:30 Heartland Championship Poverty Bay v NPEC 24 - 20