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Year by Year , Our History ~ 2014 ~

We hope you enjoy this look back as we look forward to many more years of recording the history of North Otago Rugby Union. We acknowledge all the information from the NZ “Rugby Almanack” Series from the season’s 1934 through to 2016
and appreciate their hard and dedicated work in providing this detailed history. Web Admin

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2014 Status:
Heartland Championship
Founded 1904 (affiliated NZRU 1927)
D.J.L. (David) Douglas
W.L. (Warren) Prescott
C.S. (Colin) Jackson
M.J. (Mike) Mullins
Assistant Coaches:
T.W.(Troy) Looms
Main ground:
Centennial Park, Oamaru
Gold and Maroon

The Old Golds went into the last game of the round robin in ninth place, needing a bonus point win against winless East Coast and for either of Thames Valley or Wanganui to lose in order to make the Lochore Cup playoffs. North Otago comfortably gained the five competition points and both Thames Valley and Wanganui lost for North Otago to finish seventh with a 50/50 record. A staunch defensive display saw them get past South Canterbury in the semi-final in the cold and damp. North Otago were down 12-14 in the dying minutes of their home final, but a penalty goal attempt from 42m out was missed and the game ended shortly after.

The pick of the forwards was captain Josh Clark. He consistently led by example, excelling in the loose in attack and defence and won ball at the back of the lineout. Fellow flanker Manulua Taiti also showed up in the loose. Number eight Samisoni Tongotongo was hard to stop off the back of the scrum and lock Sale Pi’i had pace and power with ball in hand and he was good in the lineout. Usual prop Ralph Darling spent most of the season at hooker, again showing his skills, and prop Rob Mafileo brought a solidity to the scrum. Canadian international Djustice Sears-Duru played just the four games at prop before a leg injury curtailed his season.

In the backs, Simeli Koniferedi was an ever—present danger whether at wing or fullback. It was unfortunate the experienced centre Lemisio Maseo struggled with injury, but this did allow the Sauieleoge brothers to come together in the midfield for the second half of the season. They combined well both in defence and attack. Englishman Ben Palmer took over at first five-eight for the second half of the season. He was astute and attacked the line and goal kicked well Halfback Robert Smith again played every game but he did not have the same influence as last year. Against East Coast, the union fielded three schoolboys — Siosiua Ngalo, Matthew Vocea and Lonitesi Fisi’ihoi. Vocea played the last four games and showed great promise.

Injuries took a toll during the season with only three forwards and three backs starting every game. This saw a large squad of 41 players used, 24 of whom were new to the side. New recruit Tenina Sauileoge had previously played for Auckland, while prop Djustice Sears-Duru had Test experience with Canada. Regulars missing from last year were Eric Duff (Mid Canterbury), Ratu Vatuinaruku (back to Fiji), Ed Keohane, Antonio Harris and Adam Anzani-Jones (all returned to England). The 2014 squad prepared for the Heartland Championship with a three-match tour to Fiji and Tonga.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Heartland: J.A.Clark

2014 Match Record: Played 10 ; Won 5 ; Lost 5
Points : For 202; Against 181



Date Venue   Opponent Competition Result
23 Aug, 2:30 pm A Buller Rugby Heartland Championship 17 - 09
30 Aug, 2:30 pm H Poverty Bay Heartland Championship 43 - 34
06 Sep, 2:30 pm A Wanganui Heartland Championship 20 - 15
13 Sep, 2:30 pm H King Country Heartland Championship 14 - 17
20 Sep, 2:30 pm A Thames Valley Heartland Championship 15 - 19
27 Sep, 2:30 pm N South Canterbury Heartland Championship 22 - 19
04 Oct, 2:30 pm A Mid Canterbury Heartland Championship 28 - 07
11 Oct, 2:30 pm H East Coast Heartland Championship 45 - 05
18 Oct, 2:30 pm A South Canterbury Heartland Championship 12 - 16
26 Oct, 2:30 pm H Wanganui Heartland Championship 12 - 14


2014 Players

  Name   Position Age PL
Placeholder Benjamin (Ben) Palmer First Five 25 10
Placeholder Brad.G.McKenzie Scrum Half 30 4
Placeholder Cameron.F.Keenan Scrum Half 24 6
Placeholder Chris Perry Full Back, Winger 26 1
Placeholder Christopher.W.Talanoa Full Back, Winger 29 3
Placeholder Diego Biro Winger 27 2
Placeholder Djustice Sears-Duru Prop 24 4
Placeholder Don.E.Lolo Lock 23 2
Placeholder Ekeroma Sauileoge Centre 32 10
Placeholder Hayden.M.Tisdall Hooker 24 6
Placeholder Joseph.T.Marston Winger 28 5
Placeholder Joshua Adam Clark Flanker 31 10
Placeholder Kieran Moffat Centre 38 1
Placeholder Kilioni Taufa Hooker, Prop 28 8
L.P.(Jared) Whitburn Lock 24 4
Lemisio (Lemi) Masoe Centre 36 5
Placeholder Lonitesi Fisi'ihi Winger 38 1
Placeholder Manulua.M.Taiti Flanker 26 8
Placeholder Mateo Ratuwara Flanker 33 1
Placeholder Matthew 'Matt' Mullins Flanker, Lock 28 5
Placeholder Matthew.R.V.Duff Flanker 25 7
Matthew Vocea Winger 23 4
Placeholder Palenapa Mafi Prop 36 7
Ralph.K.Darling Prop 31 10
Robert.L.Smith Scrum Half 29 10
Placeholder Robert.S.Mafile'o Prop 34 8
Sale.B.Pi’i Lock 33 10
Samisoni.T.Tongotongo No. 8 30 8
Placeholder Sanaila Nahuto Prop 24 2
Placeholder Simeli Koniferedi Winger 34 10
Placeholder Sione Pala'a Prop 22 1
Placeholder Sione Teu Lock 28 3
Siosiua Ngalo Winger 23 2
Placeholder Solomon T-Pole Flanker, No. 8 24 3
Placeholder Stephen.P.Fenemor First Five 24 9
Placeholder Tenina Sauileoge Centre, Winger 29 10
Placeholder Thomas Rowe Lock 33 1
Placeholder Thomas.M.P.Shields Prop 30 2
Placeholder Uilisoni Tahitua Flanker, No. 8 36 4
Placeholder Unga.V.Kefu Hooker 30 1
Placeholder William Keenan Flanker 31 2
1.Player of Origin ; 2.Played under the name Ekeroma Sefo for North Otago 2006-2010. 3. Otago RU 4.Counties Manukau RU



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