West Coast RFU – 2016

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2016 Status:
Heartland Championship
....Founded 1890..Affiliated 1893
Ben Ferguson
J.W.R.(John) Goulding
Mike Connors
S.J.(Sean) Cuttance
Assistant Coach:
N.J.(Nick) Makea
.Rugby Park, Greymouth
.Red and white hoops. red shorts. red socks with white tops
West Coast Rugby 2016 Full Squad/Management
Official Photo by Bill @ DiGiSPORT

It was a struggle for West Coast in 2016, picking up just two wins to finish tenth. The forwards were the strength of the team and were able to win sufficient ball. Fitness could be questioned, with many points usually conceded in the second halves of matches, best exemplified against Poverty Bay when leading 28-16 at halftime to lose 28-62, and against North Otago when leading 44—14 at halftime and holding on to Win 54-42. The Mid Canterbury match was the Coast’s best 80-minute performance of the season.

The Coast also lost a lot of experience With regulars from 2015 missing being Alan Monk (retired), Kevin Moore (South Canterbury), Joshua Hill and Isei Lewaqai (both injured), Brad Houston (suffered a heart attack playing early season rugby league and doubtful of ever playing again), Jason Wright (not playing) and Matthew Jeffreys (returned to Wales). Thirty players were used with exactly half being debutants. Trent Reti had previously represented Horowhenua Kapiti.

In the competitive forward pack, the standout was lock Joshua Manning who made a late start to the season. He was a colossus in the lineouts and general play, and was ably assisted by Kalave Auali’itia, while Amenatave Tukana was a workhorse at no. 8. The front row of David Crouchley, Troy Tauwhare and Jesse MacRae toiled away in the tight and forward rushes. Flanker Brogan Watt was in very good form during the season and sadly collapsed after the Poverty Bay match, needing to be rushed to Christchurch Hospital for brain surgery and placed in an induced coma. It is pleasing to report that he woke from the coma and the surgery was a success, but any future playing must be unlikely.

The best player in the backline was Regan Stanton. There weren’t many opportunities for him to show the attacking ability he possesses, but his defensive Work, called upon a lot, was a credit. The backline was better with Nick Cumming at first five-eighth while former South Canterbury wing Erenimo Tau was a surprise and valuable inclusion during the campaign, on loan from Northland. He scored five tries in his four appearances. At fullback Brad Tunnicliffe improved as the season progressed.

Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Heartland: J.J.Manning


    Position PL
Amenatave Tukana Flanker 8
Beau.L.Cain Winger 1
Brad Tunnicliffe Fullback 6
Brett McBride Centre 5
Brogan Watt No. 8 6
Chad Kingi-Ternant Winger 5
Daniel Foord Prop 5
David.J.Crouchley Prop 8
Placeholder Erenimo Tau Winger 4
Francis Auwerda Lock 4
Harley Vui Winger 3
Inia Toka No. 8 7
Jack Druenimolea Prop 3
Jesse MacRae Prop 7
Josh "JJ" Manning Lock 6
Josh.W.J.Costello Fullback 2
Kalave Auali'itia Lock 7
Kelly Rasmussen Lock 6
Placeholder Kevin.J.Curtis Flanker 5
Kolinio Radrovi Winger 6
Logan Heath Centre 7
Logan Winter Flanker 4
Maleli Mudu Winger 8
Martyn Tootell Flanker 5
Nick Makea Scrum Half 8
Nik.K.Cumming First Five 8
Regan Stanton Centre 8
Trent Reti Scrum Half 8
Troy Tauwhare Hooker 7
Tu'uta Simaile Flanker 1
Placeholder zPenalty Try 1

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Results 2016

Sat 27 Aug 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Whanganui 74 - 06
Sat 03 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship South Canterbury 20 - 58
Sat 10 Sep 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship East Coast 36 - 30
Sat 17 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship / Rundle Cup Buller 48 - 00
Sat 24 Sep 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Mid Canterbury 34 - 22
Sat 01 Oct 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship Poverty Bay 28 - 62
Sat 08 Oct 2:30 pm A Heartland Championship Horowhenua-Kapiti 52 - 22
Sat 15 Oct 2:30 pm H Heartland Championship North Otago 54 - 42