UCRFC Newsletter 8th June 2017


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 Sydenham, Ilam 1, 2:45pm

Div 2 vs Linwood, Linwood 4, 1:00pm

Div 3 vs Marist Albion, Ilam 4, 2:45pm

Women vs Marist Albion (Win by default)

Colts Prem vs Sydenham, Ilam 1, 1:00pm

Colts vs CBHS 2nd XV, CBHS 1, 2:30pm


Team – Colts

Bar Manager – Hannah Rodrigues

Lock Up – Grimace

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: University 15 (Patrick Osborne, Caleb Aperahama tries; Seamus Bardoul conv, pen) beat New Brighton 8 (John Vili try; Stefan Moir pen).

HT: 8-8. Referee: James Munro.
Lovely to see Patrick Osborne back in the maroon jersey for University at Ilam.
Osborne didn’t score a goal-line to goal-line try, as he did several years ago at the ground, but he did dot down after a fine set-up run by Brad Hemopo. Osborne, who played three-quarters of the match, brushed past the last defender on the 32min mark, almost immediately after John Vili’s try for New Brighton.
Also lovely to see Billy Harmon appear for Brighton for the first time this year. He’s a player-and-a half is Billy, and he didn’t look too rusty after such a long lay-off.
Harmon made several strong carries in his 40min on the park. His best touch was in stealing turnover ball that led to Vili’s try.

But the stand-out player of the match was University lock Caleb Aperahama. The big fellow made more carries than a miner from the coalface and scored what turned out to be the winning try, 15min into the second half. University mounted a driving maul from a lineout which went close to the line. From the base of the ensuing ruck, Aperahama was unstoppable. No.8 Hemopo also had a strong game, often ranging wide with vision and penetration. No.6 Morgyn Cowan did well in a tighter role.
Second-five Seamus Bardoul was vital for University. He kept his opposite, Walter Huata, under close control, allowing the Brighton midfielder to show only glimpses of his talent.
With ball in hand, Bardoul always ran hard and straight, putting University’s forwards on the front foot.
For Brighton, lock Lucas Hill had a big game around the park but otherwise the side seemed a bit subdued. They did however go desperately close to scoring in the second half. The ball slipped from Enzo Welch’s grasp as the substitute No.7 dived for the line.

Hawkins Medal (MVP): Caleb Aperahama (University) 3, Brad Hemopo (University) 2, Seamus Bardoul (University) 1.


WOMEN – No game



Repeating a comeback against Lyttelton a tunnel too far for the Yams

The Yams were back on the road this week with an away game against Lyttelton. With just one point separating the two teams on the Hawkins Metro Division 2 table, it was an important clash in a hotly contested top 8. All pre-match discussion among fans and media was the historic comeback performance from the last time these two teams met on this ground; Yams great, Andrew Ireland, leading his team to victory after being 26-0 down at halftime.

It was a cold but calm day in the port town, much to the disappointment of the visitors who had utilised windy conditions well in the last few weeks. The Yams won the toss and elected to kick off to the home side. Opting to keep the ball in hand, Lyttelton forced the Yams to make a lot of tackles early on. A clearing kick eventually came, only for their advancing forwards to be penalised. Jamie Newman stepped forward and put the Yams on the board with a penalty goal from 38m out. After receiving the kickoff, the Yams failed to clear from their own half. Managing to find a turnstile in the Yams defense, Lyttelton were able to break the line and score under the posts for the first try of the match. Ill-discipline then hurt the Yams badly for the rest of the half and Lyttelton were able to extend their lead with back-to-back penalties. Down 13-3, Prop Cameron Neilson had a rush of blood following a scrum penalty and subsequent ironic congratulatory pats on the head from the opposition; Neilson struck his opposite number and despite Lyttelton reserves running onto the field, the Yams were the only team to have a man put in the bin. This proved pivotal as Lyttelton were able to score twice while the Yams were down to 14, taking a 25-3 lead into the break.

Back to 15 men, the Yams came out firing in the second half. Able to build phases, the Yams eventually scored out wide through Satoshi Todaka off the back of some slick handling from some men with very low numbers on their jerseys. After continuing to dominate territory, the Yams forced a Lyttelton handling error in their own half. Henry Boon was able to hack the ball through for his five eighth partner, Jussi Viljanen, to chase and ultimately score his second try of the season. Viljanen was able to convert his own try, albeit after taking two attempts courtesy of a discretion in the Lyttelton dead ball area. Dealing with just a 10 point deficit with 25 minutes to play, the Yams were confident they could repeat their 2015 comeback effort on the same field. However, a contentious moment inside the Yams’ 22 would make any chance of a comeback even more slim. Despite being told by the referee to retire 10 metres, a Lyttelton player made a tackle that lead to a spilled ball which was picked up and scored by another offside player. The try stopped all of the Yams second half momentum and buried any chance of getting back in the game.

Final Score: 32-15 loss to Lyttelton

Tries: Jussi Viljanen, Satoshi Todaka

Conversions: Jussi Viljanen (1/2)

Penalties: Jamie Newman (1/2)

 Man of the Match: Daniel Smith

DIV 3 TIGERS – No game

COLTS PREM – 27 – 5 win vs Burnside



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