UCRFC Newsletter 1st June 2017

Thanks to everyone that turned out for Quiz Night on Saturday, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and apologies again for the technical issues with the second TV. Winners on the night were One WAG and the Wannabes, from netball’s E team.



RJ Civil, who have employed a fair few Varisty players over the last few years for summer work, are in need of some labourers for an immediate start. If you’re short of cash and have the time, give John Airey a yell – johnairey@rjcivil.co.nz


18th July – Team Photos

22nd July – Party Bus Trip

16th Sept – Prizegiving


Div 1 vs New Brighton – Ilam  1 12:00pm

Div 2 vs Lyttelton  – Lyttelton 12:00pm

Div 3 vs No game

Women vs No game

Colts Prem vs Burnside – Burnside 12:00pm

Colts vs No game


Team – Div 1

Bar Manager – Hannah Rodrigues

Lock Up – Bricky/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 Christchurch Park: Christchurch 23 (Penalty try; Oakley Johnston try; Dan Dorgan conv, 3 pen) beat University 10 (James Tofa try; Seamus Bardoul conv, pen). HT: 0-10. Referee: Jeremy McAlister. Sin-bin: Caleb Aperahama, Jone Macilai (both University).

It’s a game of two halves as the old saying goes and this match proved that theory. Christchurch turned around a 0-10 deficit at half-time to score 23 unanswered second-half points. A lack of discipline from the students was a factor in the loss.

University were on the receiving end of a 20-6 penalty count and played 20min of the second half with 14 men after receiving two yellow cards. Caleb Aperahama was sin-binned in the 50th minute, although it was down to constant infringing by his team on their own goal-line. Crusader wing Jone Macilai was then dealt the same fate in the 70th for a head-high tackle.

University led after only 5min when James Tofa dived on a Finlay Christie grubber to score untouched. Seamus Bardoul kicked the conversion and a good penalty from almost 40m after 25min to give his side a 10-nil lead.

Despite Christchurch dominating territory in the first half they were unable to cross the University line mainly due to a lack of ball-handling skills. At one point midway through the half, Christchurch had spent no less than 10min camped inside the University 22m with the ball.

One positive for the home side was at scrum time where they dominated the students.

Whatever was said at half-time worked wonders for the home side who were completely unrecognisable from the team that turned out in the first half.

Christchurch were awarded a penalty try immediately after Aperahama was sent to the sin-bin. A penalty on the hour from Dan Dorgan tied the scores.

A string of penalties ensured Christchurch had an easy passage back towards the University goal-line and on 70min they hit the lead for the first time with Dorgan striking another penalty.

The red-and-blacks finished the game off with 5min to play after replacement Oakley Johnston was awarded a try after a 10m rolling maul. A final penalty with seconds to play meant University would need a try for a bonus point. They came close through Tofa but the centre was pulled down just short of the line.

Christchurch captain William Mills was strong for his team. He won his lineout ball and was heavily involved at the breakdown. He made plenty of tackles and was instrumental in getting his team going forward. Charlie O’Connell was heavily involved also especially in the second half when it really mattered. Halfback Nick Annear’s vision and distribution of the ball from the base was good also.

Caleb Aperahama was strong for University. Despite receiving an unfortunate yellow card his work rate was huge. He made a number of tackles and disrupted the Christchurch lineout on a number of occasions. Finlay Christie had a good 60min in his first game back after a lengthy suspension. Ryan O’Sullivan also had a good game for the students.

Hawkins Medal (MVP): William Mills (Christchurch) 3, Charlie O’Connell (Christchurch) 2, Caleb Aperahama (University) 1

Glenn Matthews

WOMENS – 20 – 12 win vs Suburbs

Another straight win for the Viperettes, seeing them take the challenge shield. Saturday also marked the final game for Krissie Illston, who departs the South Island en route to Canada via a stint back home in Taihape.



Coming off a commanding performance last week against top of the table, Lincoln University, the Yams were looking for a bonus point win at home against the struggling Suburbs. With the usual captain Jamie Verstappen demoted to the bench for off-field issues and vice-captain Kieran Howden still recovering from a side strain, 51-cap veteran Kensei Kobayashi was called upon to lead the Yams into battle. After winning the toss, the incumbent captain chose to play into the wind in the first half, a tactic that is proving quite successful for the Yams in 2017. The Yams were again blessed with the services of several Division 1 players, including a Yams debut and monumental moment for lock Brad Hemopo.

The Yams dominated the physical battle early and the first scrum sent a message to the visiting team. However, the tough conditions prevented continuity for the Yams and they were unable to turn early pressure into points. It was not until the 35th minute that the deadlock was broken; the Yams nearly scoring a push-over scrum from 15 metres out before halfback Benjamin Fox scooped up the pill and dotted over for his second try of the season. Jamie Newman converted the try and the Yams went into the break with an underwhelming 7-0 lead.

With the wind behind the Yams in the second stanza, first-five Jamie Newman was able to continuously pin the opposition deep in their own half. The Yams turned territory into points with early second half tries to Tailah Love and Jussi Viljanen. With the bonus point try looming, Fraser Bryant finished off a pushover scrum to the excitement of coach and ‘former’ front rower, Jared Brixton. Nic Brooker scored a late long-range individual try, despite cries from the outside to make use of a 4 on 1 overlap. A late surge from Suburbs was not enough to get off a duck as the Yams kept their opposition scoreless for the first time in 3 years.

Captain Kensei Kobayashi was satisfied with his team’s performance, stating afterwards, “we played very well in patches. Our set piece was dominate and we’re happy to walk away with the 5 points”.

Coach Jared Brixton again had mixed feelings about the match, “we achieved what we came here to achieve and no more. The scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story and we’ll need to improve again for our clash with Lyttleton next week.”

Final Score: 33-0 Win vs Suburbs

Tries: Benjamin Fox, Tailah Love, Jussi Viljanen, Fraser Bryant, Nic Brooker

Conversions: Jamie Newman (4/5)

Man of the Match: Kensei Kobayashi

DIV 3 TIGERS – 17 – 17 draw with HSOB

Old Boys kicked a penalty on the last play to draw the game. Grimace copped a broken nose in the process and was named player of the day.


Premier colts came up against Christchruch  on Saturday. Initially Christchurch applied a lot of pressure with their fast play and quick line speed. We spent the majority of the game defending our 22 and in our red zone. Our defensive strategy and line speed around ruck was put to work with defending against pick and goes in the red zone. We applied good pressure when we got into their 22m, and our line speed proved strong with a intercept try by Scott Murray. We applied a lot of pressure in the line outs and scrums with a few turn over balls. in the second half we applied good pressure in the back line with a few good run aways by Matt Janett and Logan Teao Carroll after spotting a few weaknesses in there line. Unfortunately there were no tries scored in the second half and a few to many conceded tries. We have some good work ons after the weekend with a loss of 5-90… Beside the score the boys showed good brotherhood throughout the game, and kept battling over the whole game. Man of the match, Ben Costley with an outstanding game.


UC development colts played Merivale/Papanui on Saturday. A few missed tackles early gave them and early lead, with their ability to offload and pop pass if we didn’t chop them effectively. We improved our tackling during the first half but the wet conditions caused some attacking opportunities to not be capitalised on due to not playing to the conditions. Our line outs were solid but our defence on the blindside of the scrum was poor and gave them a few more tries. Late in the second half Flynn Roberts scored a pick and go try after we had applied a lot of pressure in their red zone. 3 yellow cards didn’t help us out as their offloads kept their attack flowing, and they capitalised on their man advantage. Man of the match Harry Webb with a great game


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