Kaierau Rugby News

October 21st 2015


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2015 Premier Season.

The 2015 Tasman Tanning Premier season drew down with our boys unfortunately finishing well down the table. There has been significant losses player-wise over the past two seasons, injuries have been an achilles heal for 2014 coaches Keith Savell & Richard Te Ngahue & also 2015 Keith Savell & Brendon Lawrence. Losses of some of our more experienced players due to retirement, overseas & relocating for work have also hindered the team. There has been many young talented players introduced into the Premier environment.

Premier 2015 Forwards: There were many outstanding efforts from our young forward pack this year, none more so than Fiatau Faalili. With an unusual shortage of loose forwards this year, Fiatau who has played second five/centre since a schoolboy was thrown into the No 8 & blindside positions and quickly adjusted to the role having many standout performances. There were also great efforts from young frontrower Jack Yarrell whilst Patrick Reid, Shane England & Perofeta Fu'ava anchored the scrum against some sizeable opposition. Josh Lane at lock has shown his days of being a fullback are long over and will be a great asset with his height over the coming seasons. Dominic Broadhead in his first year out of school looks a good future prospect with Sam Lane also preforming well. Nemai Adrole (The Godfather) made a few cameo appearances when his body sufficed and brought many a roar from the Kaiwaka faithful with his bone crunching hits and galloping charges. In the loose Fiatau Failli led the way with his barnstorming runs, Joe Edwards showed great promise while having to play out of position and will definitely prosper by being back in his natural hooker role next year. Joel Martin showed his superb fitness levels on the openside whist Cade Robinson (son of Darrel & Grandson of Mark Carroll) returned from Wellington and showed his potential playing in most positions in the forward pack.

2015 Premier Backs (Rockstars): The mix of experience & youth never reached its full potential this year. There were some good sporadic performances but unfortunately the likes of Areta Lama, Ace Malo, & Kameli Kuruyabaki did not receive regular enough front foot ball to consistently cause the damage they have the potential for. The flare and ability of not only the players named but others cannot be questioned and with some better work up front they will have a lot more chances to execute. Former Wanganui Highschool veterans Josh Edwards & Areta Lama ran the insides well but both succumbed to injuries which kept them out for several weeks of the season. Kameli Kuruyabaki showed huge potential playing at second five/centre, Hoani Pah-Ah Long showed his ability as utility whilst Stuart Brosnohan & Taylor Kirkwood showed good skills and speed on the wing. Karl Pascoe & Dion Hyland have both been busy keeping our streets safe but turned out whenever available. Dion has just returned to the club after he and his family having resided in Waverley for four years due to work commitments and it is great to see him back at the club. Ace Malo showed that even with the years ticking by that he still has the ability and skill to trump any player in the union, a broken arm ended his club season with 5 weeks remaining and this was a major blow to the team with his experience from the back sorely missed.
The premier team was also lucky to have the services of Collegiate Schoolboy Stephen Perofeta for a few games. Steven is a cousin of current premier player Areta Lama and of Nemia & Lesley Adrole, a tireless worker at the club. It was exciting to see Stephens natural talent on display in the Maroon & Gold. Not surprisingly, Stephen has been snapped up for next year and will be taking up a contract with Taranaki in 2016 so unfortunately we will not see him back playing alongside his cousins in 2016. We wish Stephen all the best in his future endeavours and will be following his career, which with a lot of hard work is certain to be a successful one. Hopefully one day it will lead back to Maroon & Gold jersey.

The Premier team this year included 12 players under the age of 25 with 6 school leavers being blooded into the environment. With a years experience under their belts, identifying the difference between preforming well for their respective First XV school teams and the standard required for Premier Club Rugby, not only on the field but at training also, 2016 is looking promising for the Premier Team. A handful of key positions need to be filled to field a team that is capable of challenging for the title and there are many people hard at work to ensure this will be a successful season for Kaierau's 125th anniversary.

Lastly, a big thanks must go to 2015 coaches Keith Savell & Brendon Lawrence and also to manager Mark Spencer for their efforts with the team this year. Keith has decided after four years at the helm to step aside, Keith has put in many, many hours over the past five years with the Premier team and is highly respected amongst the playing group. We wish Savy all the best and thank him for his efforts over the past five seasons.

Kaierau Senior Team 2015


Wanganui Representatives 2015

There are several Kaierau players representing Wanganui in their respective teams in 2016. Ace Malo (70), Areta Lama (32) & Stephen Perofeta (5) for the Steelform Wanganui Heartland Championship team. Ace returned 3 games into the Heartland season after breaking his arm late in the club rugby second round. Ace has been the choice at fullback since returning to Wanganui after his four years playing for Taranaki (47 games). Areta Lama who won the Division 3 title with Wanganui in 2003 before moving to Australia to be closer to family has again been a regular in Wanganui colours. Areta played at representative level for NSW in Australia with distinction before returning to Wanganui with his partner and young family in 2009, barring injury Areta has been a regular in the blue & black since. Stephen Perofeta, a cousin of Areta has played his rugby out of Wanganui Collegiate this year and when available has played for the Premier team. He just missed selection to the NZ Secondary Schools team but was selected from the large squad to represent the NZ Schools Barbarians against the top side of which the Baba’s were only just pipped 18-16. He has since returned and is playing a key part in the resurgence of the Wanganui Heartland team leading the try scoring after only 5 games which is an outstanding effort since he missed 3 games due to NZ Schools duties. Stephen has just been named in the NZ Heartland XV alongside other Wanganui reps Peter Rowe (Captain), Fraser Hammond (Ruapehu), Bryn Hudson (Ngamatapouri), Cole Baldwin and Lindsey Horrocks (Border) for their 3 game tour. A huge congratulations to Stephen and the rest of the boys waving the flag for Wanganui.
Stephen, Areta and Ace are heading down to Timaru this weekend to challenge South Canterbury for the right to be crowned Meads Cup Champions. Coaches Jason Caskey & Jason Hamlin have put together an exciting group of players that is led up front with some good old school hard work and dynamic flare in the backs. Kickoff this Saturday 24th October at 4:05pm live on SKY. Best of luck to Areta, Ace, Stephen and to the rest of the Wanganui Heartland Team.

The Wanganui Development team had a successful season and proved that the depth in the region is strong winning the RDO Shield. They went unbeaten on their way to the title winning all 4 games. Fiatau Faalili, Cade Robinson, were members that played for the Development team Cade proving his ability move around in the forward pack by being thrown in at prop against far more experienced players. Fiatau played in his new found positon in the loose where his hair is getting a lot messier than out at second five, Fiatau continued his strong club season and will be an asset next year in the loose.

The Wanganui Under 20’s which was coached by Dennis Edwards and Darren Munro played in the Hurricanes B Central tournament over 3 weekends. They won all three games convincingly beating Horowhenua Kapiti, Poverty Bay and Waiararapa Bush in the final. There were five players from Kaierau which presented the Under 20’s, Joe Edwards who was strong and looked really good back in his preferred hooker position while also been utilised when needed in the loose, Jack Yarrell who was moved to tighthead prop due to having only 1 prop and 4 hookers available. Jack really found his feet at tighthead and has a promising future in the front row and continued some of those barnstorming runs he has become known for. Dominic Broadhead took his learnings from his first season of premier rugby and showed good potential at lock. Kameli Kuruyabaki played at both second five and centre and was outstanding throughout the tournament being very unlucky to be pipped by a player from Waiararapa for the Player of the Tournament. Taylor Kirkwood showed much better form in the representative season with some classy efforts on both attack and defence, hopefully he will take confidence from these performances and continue that into form the premier season in 2016. Stuart Brosnahan gave his usual strong and steady 80 minute effort on the wing, Stuart is a tenacious defender and has good speed to finish. A shortage of loose forwards required Dennis and Darren to ask Stuart to play at openside flanker in the final at which Stu didn’t blink to saying yes. He was one of the best players on the field in the final.
The success of the Wanganui Under 20’s flowed on with two Kaierau players and two other Wanganui Reps being selected in the NZ Heartland Under 19 team to play in the Jock Hobbs Memorial tournament in Taupo. Joe Edwards and Dominic Broadhead (Kaierau), Taylor Transom (Taihape) and Gabrielle Hakaraia – Wanganui Captain (Ruapehu) were the four Wanganui boys selected to play with Joe starting in two of the three games.
Well done to all these boys in representing not only province but your clubs and families as well. I am sure they will cherish the experience and the opportunity to wear the Silver Fern.

KAIERAU PREMIER SQUAD 2016


Coach: Denis Edwards
Assistant Coach: Darren Munro
Manager: TBC

KAIERAU SENIOR 2016 squad


Coach: Neil Forlong
Assistant: TBC
Manager: Jeff Cain
Assistant Manager: TBC

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