UCRFC Newsletter 4th May


Congratulations to Brayden Ennor for being named in the New Zealand U20 team at Center for their second World Cup game against Samoa.


Sam Godwin, Nigel Gibb and Morgyn Cowan who played two games for the New Zealand Universities team against a Bay of Plenty Mitre 10 Cup team and a Japanese Universities Team over the last two weeks. Looking sharp boys.


To Whitney Hansen and Julia Smith, who are being presented their 100 game blazers on Saturday, another awesome milestone for the women’s team, although somewhat belated due to supply issues and our bad run of weather at the start of the season.

Band Night

This Saturday we have our first social event at the Clubrooms. Band Night! ALL guests must be signed in to the visitors book BEFORE they are served please. The attire is Cocktail Formal, so make sure you dress to impress!
Please note that as per our license, bar service stops at 11pm and all patrons must be off the premises by 11:30pm.


Tuesday 9th, 6pm sharp in the clubrooms and all players training that night need to be in attendance to ensure we have a quorum!


6th May – Cocktail Themed Band Night (First day for Netball)

9th May – AGM

20th May – Club Day

27th May – Quiz Night

18th July – Team Photos

22nd July – Party Bus Trip

16th Sept – Prizegiving


Div 1 vs Shirley – Burwood 1 2:45pm

Div 2 vs New Brighton – Rawhiti 2 1:00pm

Div 3 vs Belfast D4 – Sheldon 2 2:45pm

Women vs Christchurch – Christchurch Park 2:45pm

Colts Prem vs University – Rawhiti 1 1:00pm

Colts vs Sumner – Ilam 1 2:45pm


Team – Colts

Bar Manager – Hannah Rodrigues

Lock Up – Barzac

Please note team duty is slightly different to previous years as we have staff manning the bar. However, duty teams are still expected to:

1) stock the fridge

2) clear away  empty bottles and glasses

3) stack empty crates out in the chiller

4) be on hand to help with wiping down tables and putting up chairs at the end of the night


Thank you for you help with this as it makes life much easier for all concerned.


At Ilam 1: University 34 (Caleb Aperahama 2, James Tofa, Nic Brooker tries; Seamus Bardoul 4 conv, 2 pen) beat High School Old Boys 25 (Joe Taylor, Maifea Taiulu-Feso, Corey Taylor tries; Jarred Percival 2 conv, 2 pen) HT: 14-15. Referee: Scott Cunnold. Sent off: Josh Pitt (HSOB).

When you are 0-4 and desperate to turn your season around you require a few things to go your way as well as an element of luck. For 60min things were going swimmingly for High School Old Boys, who had worked their way back to an 18-17 lead after a slow start which saw them concede the first two tries. But in an instant their luck changed when lock Josh Pitt was sent off for a dangerous tackle which gave University a vital leg up in the last quarter of this close encounter. Then, 2min later, University pounced when Nic Brooker swooped on an errant HSOB pass to run 80m to score and put his side back in the ascendancy at 24-18.

The plucky nature of Old Boys’ performance was never more evident than when, despite their numbers disadvantage, they found a way to get themselves back in front with Jarred Percival and Mark Jackman providing the breaks and Corey Taylor the finish with 12min to go. Their over-eagerness at the breakdown ultimately proved to be their downfall as they gave away a penalty directly in front with 5min to go which was potted by University first-five Seamus Bardoul before they were cruelly denied a bonus point when Caleb Aperahama completed his second try with time up on the clock.

Early on it looked like University were going to have an easy day at the office when they opened the try-scoring after the ball was spread wide to the right by Bardoul which gave Tailah Love the space to turn the ball inside to Aperahama who ran 20m to score. The chapter of errors by HSOB allowed James Tofa to pounce and extend University’s lead to 14-3 and they came close to making it three tries on the trot but Old Boys held firm. On a rare attacking foray into University’s 22m, HSOB took full toll when Joe Taylor finished a slick backline movement close to the posts before centre Maifea Taiulu-Feso put his side in front by one at half-time. But unfortunately for them they couldn’t maintain their advantage when the crunch went on.

Bardoul had a strong game after a jittery start where he missed touch from a couple of penalties. He landed six from six from the tee and was clean by hand and foot to play a pivotal role in his side’s victory. Aperahama was a prominent support runner as he ranged wide a number of times and was rewarded with a brace of tries. For HSOB, blindside flanker Matt Elia provided a number of half breaks for his side with varying success as their backs’ hands let them down on a number of occasions. Elia was strong up front and also made a number of strong tackles while centre Taiulu-Feso’s direct running gave HSOB strong go-forward throughout.

Hawkins Medal (MVP): Seamus Bardoul (University) 3, Matt Elia (HSOB) 2, Maifea Taiulu-Feso (HSOB) 1.


No game played



The Yams headed out to St. Leonard’s Park to play Sumner this week. The boys were looking to get back on track after a loss to Christchurch last week. With skipper Jamie Verstappen away for personal reasons, vice-captain Kieran Howden lead the Yams out for the second time this year. The Kaikoura-raised lock was again successful with the coin toss and opted to kick off in an attempt to pin Sumner deep in their own half early on. This proved to be a great option as the clearing Sumner kick was charged down and second-five, Henry Boon, scampered over for a try within the first 30 seconds. Sumner had the advantage in possession in the first half but the Yams defense held firm and were able to turn pressure into points with two successful penalties from the golden boot of Jamie Newman. After keeping Sumner scoreless, the Yams went into the break with a 13-0 lead.

The Sumner Wave came out of the break with a hiss and a roar and scored two early tries while the Yams were half asleep. To counter the momentum, the Yams again had to turn to golden boy, Jamie Newman, who maintained his 100% season accuracy with a third penalty. Now up 16-14, the Yams started to play with confidence and barnstorming runs from Trent Tipene, Kensei Kobayashi and Captain Fantastic had Sumner on the back-foot. After being unlucky not to score on several occasions, the Yams were finally able to cross, this time through 49-cap veteran Japanese prop, Kensei Kobayashi. Another successful conversion by Newman put the Yams outside the 7-point buffer with less than ten minutes to play. Sumner were not able to strike back and the Yams won their second game of the season, 23-14.

Stand-in skipper Kieran Howden was satisfied with his team’s overall performance, stating afterwards that the Yams “were able to ride the wave in the second half and start putting into practice the attacking structure that has been worked on over the last few weeks.” Coach Jared Brixton, who has yet to put the boots on this season, was less positive about the result, “We went to Sumner looking to make a statement and walk away with 5 competition points. We turned over far too much ball by our standards and will need to vastly improve.” MVP candidate Jamie Newman was very happy with his individual performance and was overheard telling the local fans that “if bartenders could see [him] on the the footy field, maybe they’d be more interested.”

All eyes now look towards next weeks away encounter against New Brighton where, providing the recovery of a sprained left ankle, Kensei Kobayashi will bring up 50 caps for the side he loves more than his native homeland.

Final Score: 23-14 Win

Tries: Henry Boon, Kensei Kobayashi

Conversions: Jamie Newman (2/2)

Penalties: Jamie Newman (3/3)

Drop goals: Jamie Newman (0/1)

Man of the match: Kensei Kobayashi




Tigers get the W! Against a team that we haven’t played against and no little of, the Tigers continued from where they left off last week with their attacking brand of rugby and dotted down 4 times in the first half. The Tigers were able to spread the ball out more often than not and let the backs run havoc. This game play paid off with new recruit Champy Kalsakau getting over the line twice. Both times he was able to break the first line of defence and evade several defenders who were on his tail. Logan “LT” Thompson also had a blinder of a game scoring twice as well (leading try scorer with 4 in 3 games) and earning Man of the Match awards. He also had his 50th cap for the Tigers and so it was a good win to help celebrate that milestone. LT was relentless everywhere on the park. Another noticeable relentless Tiger was Matt “Lofty” Donaldson. He showed how experience often trumps youth in certain situations. Being the stalwart of the Tigers, Lofty was out on the field for the full 80 playing at both lock and prop and racking up a lot of run meters.

The cliché for this week is that it was a game of two halves: what we did in the first half we couldn’t match in the second and Marist were sneaking up on us with 2 or 3 quick tries. Despite them being down with 14 men for some reckless tackling, we weren’t able to capitalise and they were able to get their s$%t together and get some points on the board. Utility back Ethan Harrison tried to spark some life into the half with some quick darts from the ruck that got him over the line and close to the sticks for an easy conversion but the final whistle and Marists lack of discipline was definitely our friend and kept Marist out of the game.

With some of the lads coming back from uni break and injuries this week – we should be nearing a full strength squad this week against Belfast, another team that we know little about. But if we can play 80mins of the way we played the first half last week, it’s bound to be another cracker of game.

Also a HUGE thank you, thank you, thank you to our sponsors that we have been able to secure for the 2017 season: FARMOTE SYSTEMS, STRUCTEX, ENGEO and the AVONHEAD TAVERN. The sponsorship has been able to make sure the boys are looked after on and off the field.


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