Match Center

Ngati Porou East Coast

NPEC

17

Poverty Bay

29
PJ Sayers Cup Saturday 1 June @ 13:00 Whakarua Park Ruatōria

IT was the sort of game that left both coaches encouraged by what their teams produced.

Poverty Bay defeated Ngati Porou East Coast 27-19 at a chilly Whakarua Park, Ruatoria, on Saturday, but they had to erase a halftime deficit and then fend off a strong late challenge from the hosts.

Poverty Bay were tested but prevailed in the pre-season hit-out. Their patterns worked in the end.

On limited preparation, Ngati Porou East Coast put up a game performance.

“Our boys played with a lot of heart,” Coast co-coach Wayne Ensor said.

Their fitness looked to be in question in the second half but then they came back into the match and appeared capable of setting up a grandstand finish.

Poverty Bay coach Tom Cairns said his side had to make adjustments at halftime, narrowing their attack in the blustery conditions.

They seemed to click early in the second half.

“It shows what we can do when we stick to our style,” Cairns said.

“Credit to the Coast — they pushed us.”

Whakarua Park was nice under foot but it took a while for both teams to find their groove.

Both had a high error rate in the first 10 minutes.

Ngati Porou East Coast seemed to settle quicker and nabbed the first try when impressive second five-eighth Epeli Lotawa eyed a gap down the left flank, evaded defenders and scored next to the posts.

First-five Chris Richardson converted to put the Coast ahead 7-0.

Poverty Bay looked like hitting back straight away when right wing Nathan Rangihuna tip-toed down the touch line and then the backs spun it wide to the left but the final, low pass was spilled.

They were next to score, however. Second-five Reihana Wyllie beat a defender and put Rangihuna into space on the outside and he dotted down.

The try was unconverted but Poverty Bay went ahead 8-7 through a penalty goal.

The Coast had their own chances to slot a penalty but they chose to kick for the sideline.

They were rewarded for their enterprise and persistence when prop Perrin Manuel crashed over for a try.

That gave Ngati Porou East Coast a 12-8 lead at halftime but Poverty Bay scored soon after the break. Left wing Korey Love called for the ball to go wide — it did and he dived over in the corner.

No.8 Tamanui Hill extended the lead for Poverty Bay, picking up the ball after a strong scrum and finding the try-line.

Lock Gabe Te Kani showed his strength, taking several defenders with him as he planted the ball down for Poverty Bay’s final try.

Down 27-12, Ngati Porou East Coast were not done yet.

A quick tap led to centre BJ Sidney getting an offload to Lotawa, who crossed for his second try.

If they had managed to score again, Poverty Bay might have had trouble containing a Coast side on the charge, but the visitors’ goal-line defence held firm.

Poverty Bay retained the PJ Sayers Cup, which is up for grabs whenever the teams meet on the Coast.

All Black legend Sir Michael Jones, who attended the match, said he was impressed with the skills of both sides in their first hit-out of the season.

They made mistakes early on, “but the passion was there”.

Poverty Bay took control in the second half but East Coast hung in there till the end, he said.

For the Coast, Lotawa was named their most valuable player, and lock Scott Lasenby was a reliable ball-winner in the lineouts.

Hard-working prop Toru Noanoa was Poverty Bay’s MVP.

Poverty Bay’s locks, Te Kani and captain Ken Houkamau, took the ball up strongly and openside flanker Adrian Wyrill was dynamic.

Poverty Bay had the wind in the first half but didn’t really use it to their advantage.

First-five Kelvin Smith had a solid outing and had the backline firing in the second half, and Caleb Lewis was sound at centre.

Poverty Bay 27 (Nathan Rangihuna, Korey Love, Tamanui Hill, Gabe Te Kani tries; Andrew Tauatevalu pen, Kelvin Smith 2 con)

Ngati Porou East Coast 19 (Epeli Lotawa 2, Perrin Manuel tries; Chris Richardson 2 con).

HT:12-8 (East Coast).

169
Played
39
Won
5
Drawn
125
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 04 - 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 PJ Sayers Cup NPEC v Poverty Bay 26 - 8
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
19 Sep 20 14:30 Anaru Skip Paenga Memorial Poverty Bay v NPEC 34 - 31
26 Sep 20 14:30 PJ Sayers Cup NPEC v Poverty Bay 16 - 42