HB Club Rugby 2018



  • Premiers Maddison Trophy - Round 1 (19 May) results:

    Taradale 19 (F Ah Lim, J Clarke tries; D Loibl 3 pens),
    Clive 17 (C Karauria, K Peni tries; T Poto 2 cons, pen). HT: 8-0.

    Napier Old Boys Marist 66 (M Buckley 3, P Bickle 2, E Wilson, J Lauano, S Paese, R Hayes, D Sharplin tries; Lauano 8 cons),
    Tamatea 30 (A Robinson 2, M Marsh, L McClutchie tries; Robinson 2 pens, 2 cons). HT: 19-15.

    Havelock North 45 (S Takano 2, K Paewai, S Ulufonua, T Brown, I Paewai tries; A Blake 6 cons, pen),
    Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 22 (D Scott, M Matsuyama, H Hann tries; Z Clarke 2 cons, pen). HT: 31-8.

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 45 (J Devery, F Matamata, J Tavita-Metcalfe, A Fomai, D Toala, J Rihia, B Hamelink tries; Toala 3, I Ioane 2 cons),
    Central 17 (P Dunn 2, T Parsons tries; B Hardwidge con). HT: 26-7.

    MAC 32 (T Iosefo, F Iosi, F Asolua, J Ika tries; Iosefo 3 cons, 2 pens),
    Napier Technical 29 (J Faia, M Lealaisalona, P Manuel, S Giddens tries; J Taulagi 2, J Bristol cons; Bristol pen). HT: 21-15.

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    Good to see that Jacob Devery is back from injury.



  • Tamatea have been deducted five points for playing Hika Elliot in their loss to Napier OB Marist last week.

    Tamatea did not have an international clearance from Hika's French club, he wasn't a registered Tamatea player, and the club was told prior to the game by HBRU they couldn't play him.

    So Tamatea played him anyway.

    It's been a long time since Tamatea have been a threat in the Maddison Trophy. Last time they made the top four playoffs was 2005, but off-field decisions like this are just dumb.



  • Watched Havelock North v Tech OB. Havelock won 10-8, each side scoring just one try.

    JJ Taulagi received a yellow card in the first half. He has a quick temper and bit of pushing and shoving with a Havelock player after the ball had gone saw him get the card. Is easily riled.

    Magpies prop Mark Braidwood looked like he went off injured.

    Tech had three chances to win in the last five minutes. Got a penalty which Taulagi kicked for touch in the corner, and it went into in-goal for a Havelock drop out.

    Got a second penalty and kicked for touch close to the corner. Won the ball in the lineout but got held up on the line - ruled a maul and turnover.

    From the scrum Havelock kicked it out, but still in their own 22. This time Havelock stole the ball on the Tech throw in.



  • @number-10 said in HB Club Rugby 2018:

    Watched Havelock North v Tech OB. Havelock won 10-8, each side scoring just one try.
    JJ Taulagi received a yellow card in the first half. He has a quick temper and bit of pushing and shoving with a Havelock player after the ball had gone saw him get the card. Is easily riled.
    Magpies prop Mark Braidwood looked like he went off injured.
    Tech had three chances to win in the last five minutes. Got a penalty which Taulagi kicked for touch in the corner, and it went into in-goal for a Havelock drop out.
    Got a second penalty and kicked for touch close to the corner. Won the ball in the lineout but got held up on the line - ruled a maul and turnover.
    From the scrum Havelock kicked it out, but still in their own 22. This time Havelock stole the ball on the Tech throw in.

    I'll never forget how Taulagi got that red card in the Chiefs v Sunwolves game last year. Dirty. It worries me a bit for the Magpies.

    It happened in the 82th minute:



  • Results from Maddison Trophy round two, 26 May:

    Note Tiaan Falcon scored a try for Clive.

    Taradale 21 (L Luamanu, A Gardner, W Woolly tries; B Truesdale 2 pens), Tamatea 15 (R Paewai, penalty try tries; L McClutchie pen). HT: 8-0.

    Napier Old Boys Marist 87 (M Buckley 5, T Symone-Bourke 2, J Lauano 2, R Hayes, S Skeet, M Lauano, S Paese tries; Lauano 11 cons), MAC 7 (S Iosua try; T Iosefo con). HT: 40-7.

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 32 (J Devery 2, B Hamelink, I Ioane, F Fakatava tries; Ioane, T Vaiusu cons; Ioane pen), Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 9 (Z Clarke 3 pens). HT: 15-9.

    Havelock North 10 (W McGoon try; A Blake pen, con), Napier Technical 8 (J Saufoi try; J Bristol pen). HT: 7-3.

    Central 35 (T Fogarty, J Cutbush, M Donald, L Marshall, K Lepelaars tries; B Hardwidge 2 cons, pen; Marshall pen), Clive 32 (T Falcon,S Tofilau, J Eden-Whaitiri, B Hokianga tries; T Poto 3 cons, 2 pens). HT: Clive 25-19.



  • Results from Maddison Trophy round three, 2 June:

    Note: pleased to see that Jonah Lowe was allowed to play club rugby for Clive and scored two tries.

    Napier Old Boys Marist 41 (M Buckley 4, E Wilson, T Marsh, S Tucker tries; J Lauano 3 cons)
    Havelock North 13 (C Harris, S Takano tries; A Blake pen)
    Half time score: 14-8

    Taradale 20 (A Tuck, L Luamanu, N Ramsay tries; B Truesdale con, pen)
    Central 19 (T Parsons 2, M Donald tries; B Hardwidge 2 cons)
    Half time score: Central 19-3

    Clive 46 (J Lowe 2, E Tuavera 2, J Eden-Whaitiri, E Collins tries; T Poto 5 cons, 2 pens)
    Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 27 (N Agnew, A Momoisea, M Hill, O Heather tries; Z Clarke 2 cons, pen)
    Half time score: 26-8

    MAC 27 (L Olive, C Huirama, F Iosi, F Asolua tries; T Iosefo, V Kereti cons; Iosefo pen)
    Tamatea 24 (E Reid, C Hokianga, T Hutana tries; L McClutchie 3 cons, pen)
    Half time score: 17-7

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 60 (T Vaiusu 2, J Saifiti 2, F Fakatava, T Agnew, M Emerson, J Devery, J Long, D Toala tries; Toala 3, Vaiusu 2 cons)
    Napier Technical 21 (M Lealaisalona, T Joel, N Vaimoli tries; D Ramsay 2, J Bristol cons)
    Half time score: 39-7



  • Hastings RS have ended Napier OB Marist's unbeaten run with a 40-27 win. Hastings scored six tries (five converted) to five tries (one converted). Hastings got their sixth try right on fulltime.

    A good game to watch, will be surprised if they don't meet up again in the final. I haven't seem any other team play at their level this year except maybe Tech OB.

    The more I watch Folau Fakatava the more I reckon he is good enough to play Mitre 10 Cup this year behind Brad Weber. I thought he had a better game for Hastings RS than Ellery Wilson did for NOB Marist - was just more consistent. Has a good pass off his left hand, his weaker hand.

    Don't quite agree with current approach of kicking all penalties to touch, particularly as this was a close match all the way through - neither side had a penalty attempt at goal, even though they were awarded penalties in the opposition 22.



  • @number-10 I guess we can tell why Napier OB didn't kick any penalties by their conversion rate.

    Good to see Napier OB might have a challenger though.



  • @number-10 Hastings had a few extra reasons to try harder for that win. It was Ioane Ioane's 100th game and Mason Emerson's 50th for HRS.



  • All Madison Trophy results from today:

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 40 (M Emerson, A Fomai, S Saifiti, B Hamelink, F Fakatava, J Devery tries; D Toala 5 cons),
    Napier Old Boys Marist 27 (E Wilson, S Tucker, M Buckley, J Lauano, T Symon-Bourke tries; Lauano con).
    HT: 21-17.

    Central 32 (T Parsons 2, S Mathias, M Jackson, J White tries; B Hardwidge 2 cons, pen),
    Tamatea 24 (J Harris 2, C Hokianga tries; A Robinson 3 cons, pen).
    HT: 22-10.

    Clive 58 (J Lowe 2, J Tuhua 2, K Peni, T Poto, C Karauria, E Tuavera tries; Poto 6 cons, 2 pens),
    Napier Technical 36 (M Meyers, J Saufoi, S Giddens, S Visibia, M Lealaisalona, P Manuel tries; J Bristol 3, D Ramsay cons).
    HT: 29-19.

    Havelock North 35 (T Hape 2, J Stephenson, K Paewai tries; A Blake 3 cons, 3 pens),
    MAC 25 (F Iosi, L Potoae, T Iosefo tries; Iosefo 2 cons, 2 pens).
    HT: 14-10.

    Taradale 18 (D McIntyre, L Luamanu, A Gardner tries; B Truesdale pen),
    Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 18 (K Nepe-Apatu, T Hubbard tries; Z Clarke, R Hubbard pens; Clarke con).
    HT: 10-all.

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    Good to see that Jonah Lowe is still scoring his tries for Clive!



  • Maddison Trophy - results round 6 (23 June)

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 45 (F Fakatava 2, A Fomai 2, S Saifiti, S Timu, M Emerson tries; D Toala 3, T Vaiusu 2 cons)
    Havelock North 10 (L Latu, M Vuicakau tries)
    Half time score: 19-0

    Taradale 37 (K Miller, J Clarke, A Mufana, L Luamanu, D McIntyre tries; B Truesdale 3 cons, 2 pens)
    Napier Old Boys Marist 31 (S Lauano 2, M Buckley, T Symone-Bourke, Z Donaldson tries; J Lauano 3 cons)
    Half time score: 4-all

    Clive 60 (E Collins 2, N Rolls, K Peni, R Pohatu, J Eden-Whaitiri, S Ebbitt, S Tofilau, C Karauria tries; T Poto 6 cons, pen)
    MAC 36 (J Ika 2, F Asolua, S Funaki, T Iosefo, F Iosi tries; V Kereti 2, Iosefo cons)
    Half time score: 26-14

    Tamatea 29 (J Mareikura, C Hokianga, R Paewai, E Reid tries; A Robinson 3 cons, pen)
    Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 26 (O Heather, M Matsuyama, D Penitito, R Hubbard tries; Z Clarke 3 cons)
    Half time score: 19-14

    Central 45 (T Taylor, M Jackson, T Parsons, J Cutbush, W Slingsby, T Sciascia, K Lepelaars tries; B Hardwidge 5 cons)
    Napier Technical 34 (M Lealaisalona 2, T McGuire, M Braidwood, J Faia, J Saufoi tries; J Bristol 2 cons)
    Half time score: 26-17

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    By the way, I saw on instagram that JJ Taulagi and Bas Visinia have moved from Tech to Clive.



  • @stargazer said in HB Club Rugby 2018:

    Maddison Trophy - results round 6 (23 June)

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 45 (F Fakatava 2, A Fomai 2, S Saifiti, S Timu, M Emerson tries; D Toala 3, T Vaiusu 2 cons)
    Havelock North 10 (L Latu, M Vuicakau tries)
    Half time score: 19-0

    Taradale 37 (K Miller, J Clarke, A Mufana, L Luamanu, D McIntyre tries; B Truesdale 3 cons, 2 pens)
    Napier Old Boys Marist 31 (S Lauano 2, M Buckley, T Symone-Bourke, Z Donaldson tries; J Lauano 3 cons)
    Half time score: 4-all

    Clive 60 (E Collins 2, N Rolls, K Peni, R Pohatu, J Eden-Whaitiri, S Ebbitt, S Tofilau, C Karauria tries; T Poto 6 cons, pen)
    MAC 36 (J Ika 2, F Asolua, S Funaki, T Iosefo, F Iosi tries; V Kereti 2, Iosefo cons)
    Half time score: 26-14

    Tamatea 29 (J Mareikura, C Hokianga, R Paewai, E Reid tries; A Robinson 3 cons, pen)
    Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 26 (O Heather, M Matsuyama, D Penitito, R Hubbard tries; Z Clarke 3 cons)
    Half time score: 19-14

    Central 45 (T Taylor, M Jackson, T Parsons, J Cutbush, W Slingsby, T Sciascia, K Lepelaars tries; B Hardwidge 5 cons)
    Napier Technical 34 (M Lealaisalona 2, T McGuire, M Braidwood, J Faia, J Saufoi tries; J Bristol 2 cons)
    Half time score: 26-17

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    By the way, I saw on instagram that JJ Taulagi and Bas Visinia have moved from Tech to Clive.

    Taulagi was doing a Justin Carney and left Tech (jumped? pushed?) and ended up at Clive.

    A Clive member told me Taulagi is high maintenance. Tech are probably glad to see the back of him.



  • Three rounds left in the Maddison Trophy.

    Current Points table:

    1. Hastings RS - 30 pts - p6, w6,
    2. Taradale - 24 pts - p6, w5, d1
    3. NOB Marist - 23 pts - p6, w4, l2
    4. Havelock North - 19 pts - p6, w4, l2
    5. Clive - 18 pts - p6, w3, l3
    6. Central HB - 17 pts - p6, w3, l3
    7. MAC - 11 pts - p6, w2, l4
    8. Pirates - 9 pts - p6, w1, d1, l4
    9. Tech OB - 5 pts - p6, l6
    10. Tamatea - 4 pts - p6, w1, l5 *

    *Tamatea had four points deducted for playing an ineligible player (Hika Elliot).

    Round seven draw:

    Havelock North v Clive
    MAC v Taradale
    NOB Marist v Central HB
    Tamatea v Hastings RS
    Tech OB v Pirates

    Game of the round is probably Havelock North (4th) v Clive (5th).



  • @number-10 I'm not surprised after following his instagram posts for a while. He seems to be a bit of an attention seeker. All those new Auckland boys are also very much a clique that doesn't mix much with other guys. I can understand that players - in the beginning - seek the company of guys they know, but I wonder how much they hang out with others.
    If they get selected for the Magpies, I hope this doesn't have a negative impact on the team. There shouldn't be room for big egos and separate groups in a team.



  • @stargazer said in HB Club Rugby 2018:

    By the way, I saw on instagram that JJ Taulagi and Bas Visinia have moved from Tech to Clive. )

    I will be up home this weekend and still working out my excuses to absentee myself for a few hours on Saturday afternoon to show up at Whitmore Park and to boost bar turnover afterward. Last time I fronted the Texans strolled in 87 - 00 but the wheels have fallen off big time since then. Will have to try harder now that it looks like I will have to bring my boots just in case!
    Look out Pirates Higgins might be a late call up for the Texans!



  • @number-10 said in HB Club Rugby 2018:

    Round seven draw:

    Havelock North v Clive
    MAC v Taradale
    NOB Marist v Central HB
    Tamatea v Hastings RS
    Tech OB v Pirates

    Game of the round is probably Havelock North (4th) v Clive (5th).

    Just read in the Hawke's Bay Today that Jonah Lowe will be playing for Clive.



  • Watched Havelock North v Clive, Clive won 24-11, scoring four tries for the bonus point.

    Jonah Lowe played the whole 80 at centre and scored a try for Clive in the first half.

    JJ Taulagi made a couple of nice runs from fullback but received a yellow card in the first half, which someone said was his 4th of the season. Havelock took a quick tap in the Clive 22 and Taulagi did not retire 10 metres when he tackled the halfback who had made the quick tap.

    Both teams received two yellow cards and the Havelock scrum was awful in the second half.



  • Results round seven Maddison Trophy:

    Napier Old Boys Marist 66 (M Buckley 4, S Paese 3, M Thompson, M Lauano, M Drew tries; J Lauano 6, M Lauano 2 cons),
    Central 38 (W Slingsby 2, T Parsons, J Cutbush, M Konia tries; B Hardwidge 5 cons, pen).
    HT: 47-3.

    Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 37 (N Agnew 2, D Scott, H Hann, C McNoe, J King tries; Z Clarke 2 cons, pen),
    Napier Technical 30 (M Lealaisalona 2, N Vaimoli, T McGuire tries; J Bristol 2 pens, 2 cons).
    HT: 20-12.

    Clive 24 (S Ebbitt, J Lowe, S Visibia, A Jones tries; T Poto 2 cons),
    Havelock North 11 (T Hape try; J Liebenberg 2 pens).
    HT: 14-3.

    Hastings Rugby and Sports 64 (J Rihia 2, A Fomai 2, A Vuki, S Saifiti, D Tuala, J Devery, F Fakatava, C Eru tries; I Ioane 4, D Toala 2, J Long cons),
    Tamatea 24 (W Kupa, M Kean, J Mareikura, T Hutana tries; A Robinson 2 cons).
    HT: 26-14.

    Taradale 69 (W Woolly 4, A Tuck 2, J Apikotoa 2, D McIntyre, K Miller, penalty try tries; B Truesdale 4, McIntyre 2 cons),
    MAC 8 (Not supplied).
    HT: 43-3.



  • @number-10 said in HB Club Rugby 2018:
    *JJ Taulagi made a couple of nice runs from fullback but received a yellow card in the first half, which someone said was his 4th of the season. Havelock took a quick tap in the Clive 22 and Taulagi did not retire 10 metres when he tackled the halfback who had made the quick tap.

    Both teams received two yellow cards and the Havelock scrum was awful in the second half.*

    Interesting that Taulagi does not appear to have received any sanction for the HBRFU Judicial Sub-committee after receiving three yellow cards. Maybe they work under different yellow card awardings to most of the remainder of the country where the mandatory penalty is a minimum 1 week suspension after collecting three in a season.

    I did hear some interesting comments re the Taulagi situation which are interesting to say the least. Not my place to comment on them given that I did not get the chance to confirm whether said comments were 100% true or not, particularly a disturbing one which occurred on the day of the match against Havelock North.

    Damn disappointing that Colenso Pirates ran in two tries very late in the piece to scrape home by seven in a game that ebbed and flowed throughout. Pirates did have a couple of interesting players but fairly much relied on a couple who played very well to get them home. Their No 7 was very impressive, dominating their lineout winning about 90% of their total throws whilst Pouri Rakete-Stones (spelling? the under 20s prop anyway) made some powerful bursts when in possession, showing good leg drive. He looked to play a crucial part in two late scrums that won them the ball from Tech put ins. Their halfback (looked Japanese) also went well with some fast passes to his large 1st five.
    Tech looked the goods for most of the second half bar the last five minutes when it all came unstuck. They told me TBW was playing and by a process of elimination decided that he must have been the guy in the No 7 jersey. If it was then he still has a bit of work to get back to the size I can remember him being in his all too sporadic appearances under the previous HB Magpies Coach.



  • I've seen Taulagi get two yellow cards this season - for Tech v Havelock, and today for Clive v Havelock. He also got one in the Nash Cup final for Tech v NOB Marist. So, that's definitely three. I dont know where the 4th one happened, if it did happen.

    2018 HBRU handbook:

    Rule 20 Judicial Procedures
    (f) A player sin-binned on two occasions in a season shall be cautioned and warned that a further sin-binning will result in additional penalty. A player sin-binned on three or more occasions in a season will incur the mandatory stand down of one playing day. No hearing will be held.


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