1995 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1995 New Zealand rugby league season was the 88th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the second season of the Lion Red Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The North Harbour Sea Eagles won the Cup by defeating the Auckland Warriors Colts 28-21 in the Grand Final.

International competitions[edit]

The New Zealand Kiwis played a two test series against France with tests being played at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland and FMG Stadium in Palmerston North. New Zealand won the first match 22-6 before drawing the second 16-all. The Kiwis then played a three match series in Australia, losing all three matches; 8-26, 10-20 and 10-46 respectively. New Zealand was coached by Frank Endacott and included; Richard Blackmore, Logan Edwards, Syd Eru, Gary Freeman, Daryl Halligan, Sean Hoppe, Tony Iro, Stephen Kearney, John Lomax, Jason Lowrie, Jarrod McCracken, Gene Ngamu, Henry Paul, Quentin Pongia, Matthew Ridge, Brent Stuart, Tony Tatupu, John Timu, Tony Tuimavave, Brendon Tuuta, Ruben Wiki and Jason Williams.

New Zealand then headed to England for the World Cup. They finished first in their pool, defeating Tonga and Papua New Guinea, before losing a Semifinal against Australia 30-20 after extra time. Coached by Frank Endacott, the World Cup squad included; Richie Barnett, Richie Blackmore, Syd Eru, Gary Freeman, Daryl Halligan, Sean Hoppe, Mark Horo, Kevin Iro, Tony Iro, Stacey Jones, Stephen Kearney, Tony Kemp, John Lomax, Jason Lowrie, Gene Ngamu, Hitro Okesene, Henry Paul, Quentin Pongia, captainMatthew Ridge, Brent Stuart, John Timu, Brendon Tuuta, Ruben Wiki and Jason Williams.

Before leaving for the World Cup the squad played the New Zealand Residents XIII at Ericsson Stadium and defeated them 20-4.

The Lion Red Cup XIII played twice, against the Kiwis and against Tongan Residents side.[1] The squad against Tonga was: Glen Coughlan, Walter Wilson, Aaron Whittaker, Richard Broughton, Blair Harding, Brett Rodger, Anthony Swann, Nigel Vagana, Willie Swann, Aaron Lester, Julian O'Neill, Logan Swann, Paul Johnson, Darryn Avery, Jason Palmada, Matthew Sturm and Mark Faumuina. Gary Kemble was the coach.

For the game against New Zealand Gerard Stokes took over as coach after Kemble was appointed as one of the Kiwis assistant coaches. Newcomers to the Residents squad for the match included Willie McLean, Dean Clark, Phil Bergman, Patrick Kiely, Aaron Tucker, Heston Patea and Mark Woods.

The New Zealand Sevens team competed in the World Sevens. The squad was: Vinnie Weir (c), Peter Edwards, Solomon Kiri, Mike Doreen, Aaron Lester, Gus Malietoa-Brown, Martin Moana, Willie Swann, Hitro Okesene and Tecofe Kaufa. Despite the Auckland Warriors having first pick of players, New Zealand defeated the Warriors 26-10 during pool play.

The New Zealand Māori side made a three match internal tour in May–June, winning all three which included a 12-0 defeat of Auckland and a 20-8 defeat of Waikato. The squad was coached by Cameron Bell and included Darryl Beazley, Dean Clark, Blair Harding, Bryan Henare, Matthew Sturm, Frank Watene and Mark Woods.[2]

The Junior Kangaroos toured New Zealand playing, and defeating, New Zealand Secondary Schools and the Junior Kiwis. The Junior Kiwis were coached by Stan Martin and included David Kidwell, Willie Talau and Steve Buckingham.[3]

The New Zealand under 18's Academy Team was coached by Lex Clarke and included Frank Watene, Monty Betham and Odell Manuel.[4] They won the first test 52-10 and the second match 44-0 against the touring British Amateur Rugby League Association youth side.

The under 17 team featured Monty Betham and Artie Shead while the Secondary Schools team featured Phillip Leuluai, Lesley Vainikolo and David Solomona. Henry Perenara and Wairangi Koopu both featured in the Under 15 national tournament with Koopu being named the player of the tournament.[5]

The New Zealand Women's Rugby League Federation was registered in February 1995 and the first tour of Australia commenced in June. The Team played seven matches, winning all of them including defeating Australia 18-14 and 14-6.

Matthew Ridge was the New Zealand Rugby League player of the year.[6]

National competitions[edit]

Rugby League Cup[edit]

Canterbury defeated the West Coast 28-14 in their first defence of the season.

Auckland then won the Rugby League Cup, defeating Canterbury 21-18. This was Canterbury's first loss at home since 1989. Auckland were coached by Dominic Clark and included Leroy Joe, Mark Faumuina, Matthew Sturm and Jerry Seuseu. Canterbury included David Kidwell, Blair Harding and Glen Coughlan.

Lion Red Cup[edit]

The Teams[edit]

Season Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
Auckland Colts 22 18 0 4 675 356 319 36
Counties Manukau 22 14 1 7 573 413 160 29
North Harbour 22 13 1 8 601 379 222 27
Waikato 22 13 1 8 471 379 92 27
Hutt Valley 22 13 0 9 544 443 101 26
Christchurch City 22 12 1 9 455 419 36 25
Wellington City 22 10 2 10 440 514 -74 22
Waitakere City 22 10 1 11 430 386 44 21
Hawkes Bay 22 10 1 11 467 486 -19 21
Canterbury 22 9 2 11 446 448 -2 20
Taranaki 22 2 1 19 339 770 -431 5
Bay of Plenty 22 2 1 19 304 752 -448 5

The Playoffs[edit]

  Qualifying finals Semi finals Preliminary final Grand Final
                                     
1  Auckland Colts 15  
     Counties Manukau 14          Auckland Colts 21
2  Counties Manukau 30      Counties Manukau 19    North Harbour 28
3  North Harbour 16        North Harbour 28  
 North Harbour 32
4  Waikato 28    Waikato 16  
5  Hutt Valley 14
Match Winner Loser
Elimination Play-off Waikato Cougars 28 Hutt Valley Unicorns 14
Preliminary Semifinal Counties Manukau Heroes 30 North Harbour Sea Eagles 16
Elimination Semifinal North Harbour Sea Eagles 32 Waikato Cougars 16
Qualification Semifinal Auckland Warriors Colts 15 Counties Manukau Heroes 14
Preliminary Final North Harbour Sea Eagles 28 Counties Manukau Heroes 19
Grand Final[edit]
North Harbour Position Auckland Colts
Quinten Dane FB Nigel Vagana
Auvae Tapuai WG Paul Staladi
Paki Tuimavave CE Stuart Lester
Jason Kaulima CE Anthony Swann
Steve Barry WG Tacofe Kalauta
Aleki Maea FE Meti Noovao (C)
Latham Tawhai HB Willie Swann
Donald Stewart (C) PR Dallas Mead
Sean Wilson HK Aaron Lester
Darren Kohlhase PR David Fatialofa
Mike Setefano SR Bryan Henare
Keniti Asiata SR Frank Watene
Jason Palmada LK Logan Swann
Frank Fuimaono Bench Charlie Kennedy
Cory Jamieson Bench Des Maea
Lafaelle Filipo Bench Druce Nilsen
Brent Snooks Bench Steve Buckingham
Graeme Norton Coach John Ackland

After trailing 15-2 at halftime the North Harbour Sea Eagles came from behind to defeat the Warrior Colts 28-21 in the second Lion Red Cup Grand Final.[1] The match included an eight-point try scored by Paki Tuimavave in the 48th minute. Tuimavave was tackled high by Aaron Lester while he was grounding the ball. Lester was then sin-binned for back chatting the referee after the incident.

Team Halftime Total
North Harbour Sea Eagles 2 28
Auckland Warriors Colts 15 21
Tries (North Harbour) 1: F. Fuimaono, S. Wilson, P. Tuimavave, J. Palmada
Tries (Auckland Colts) 1: N.Vagana, B.Henare, M.Noovao, W.Swann
Goals (North Harbour) 6: Q.Dane
Goals (Auckland Colts) 1: S.Buckingham, M.Noovao
Field Goals Goals (Auckland Colts) 1: M.Noovao
Date 16 September
Referee Dennis Hale
Venue Ericsson Stadium
Broadcast TVNZ

Awards[edit]

Top Try Scorers[1]

  • 23 Shane Edwards (Counties-Manukau)
  • 19 Anthony Swann (Warriors)
  • 18 Richard Broughton (Hawkes Bay)
  • 16 Don Stewart (North Harbour)
  • 15 Heston Patea (Hutt Valley)
  • 14 Aaron Tucker (Waikato)
  • 14 Paul Staladi (Warriors)
  • 13 Steve Ekepati (Counties-Manukau)
  • 13 Paki Tuimavave (North Harbour)
  • 13 Darryl Rolleston (Wellington City)
  • 13 Steve Barry (North Harbour)

Top Point Scorers[1]

  • 182 Glen Coughlan (Canterbury Country)
  • 164 Blair Nickson (Taranaki)
  • 160 Greg Bright (Waikato)
  • 150 Earl Va'a (Wellington City)
  • 136 Paul Howell (Hutt Valley)
  • 112 Latham Tawhai (North Harbour)
  • 96 Meti Noovao (Warriors)
  • 96 Te Manawa Loza (Counties-Manukau)
  • 92 Jamie Stevens (Hawkes Bay)
  • 92 Shane Edwards (Counties-Manukau)
  • 76 Anthony Swann (Warriors)

National Provincial Championship[edit]

The NPC was conducted on an invitational basis, with all districts being invited to participate. Because Wellington and Canterbury also had teams in the Lion Red Cup, these sides were selected from only playing in their local club competitions.[16]

Northern Division[edit]

This was the first time Coastline had competed as an independent district and they recorded their first ever win when they defeated Gisborne-East Coast 41-32. Gisborne-East Coast also defeated Northland for the first time ever.[16]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
Wellington 4 4 0 0 154 82 8
Northland 4 2 0 2 145 105 4
Manawatu 4 2 0 2 98 99 4
Gisborne-East Coast 4 1 0 3 115 157 2
Coastline 4 1 0 3 99 168 2

Southern Division[edit]

This was the first time Nelson-Marlborough had competed as an independent district. Otago recorded their first win over Canterbury in 35 years.[16]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
West Coast 3 3 0 0 112 40 6
Otago 3 2 0 1 44 46 4
Canterbury 3 1 0 2 86 44 2
Nelson-Marlborough 3 0 0 3 10 122 0

Finals[edit]

The Grand Final was played in Christchurch with Wellington winning 32-20 after being down 10-14 at halftime.[16]

Semifinals Finals
           
Wellington 30
Northland 4
Wellington 32
West Coast 20
West Coast 30
Otago 16

National Secondary Schools Tournament[edit]

Eighty Two schools competed in the National tournament with St. Paul's College, De La Salle College, New Plymouth Boys High School and Hillmorton High School all making the semi-finals. St Paul's won the trophy for the second year in a row, defeating New Plymouth 38-6 in the final.[17]

Australian competitions[edit]

The Auckland Warriors competed in the Australian Rugby League competition for the first time. The team finished tenth, missing the finals by only two points. The Reserve Grade team made the finals but lost in the quarterfinals.

Club competitions[edit]

Auckland[edit]

The Otahuhu Leopards won the Fox Memorial, their tenth, by defeating the Marist Saints 32-0 in the grand final. City Pt Chevalier won the Rukutai Shield as minor premiers.[18]

The Manurewa Marlins defeated the Waitemata Seagulls to win the Sharman Cup second division. As a result, they were promoted to the Fox Memorial for 1996.[19] Otahuhu won the Stormont Shield.

Otahuhu were coached by Trevor McLeod while Marist were coached by Del Hughes.[20] Richmond included Greg Wolfgram, Ben Lythe and Boycie Nelson played for Mt Albert and Steve Buckingham and Lee Tamatoa played for Glenora.[18]

Wellington[edit]

Marist Northern won the grand final of the Wellington Rugby League competition, defeating St George 48-22. The Randwick Kingfishers were the minor premiers.[21]

Canterbury[edit]

The Halswell Hornets won the Canterbury Rugby League's Pat Smith Challenge Trophy grand final 20-19 over Linwood. Halswell were coached by Phil Prescott and included Glen Coughlan.[22] The two teams had earlier shared the minor premiership.

The West Coast Waro-rakau Hornets won the Thacker Shield by defeating Canterbury's Haswell Hornets 48-16.[23]

Other Competitions[edit]

In Northland The Moerewa Tigers won the Bay of Islands competition, defeating the Kaikohe Lions 16-12, the West End Jumbos won the Whangarei competition, defeating the Otaika Eagles 30-24, and the East Coast Rebels defeated the Te Paatu United Warriors 32-28 to win the Far North competition.[24]

Turangawaewae won the minor premiership and the championship in the Waikato Rugby League competition, defeating Taniwharau Rugby League 20-15 in the grand final.[25]

The Piako Warriors defeated the Tokoroa Pacific Sharks 34-20 in the Bay of Plenty Rugby League grand final.[26] Piako featured Hare Te Rangi.

The Waitara Bears won the Taranaki Rugby League competition 16-14 over the defending champions, the Western Suburbs Tigers.[27] The Bears featured Blair Nickson while the Tigers included Willie Talau. Kia Ora, coached by Peter Sixtus, defeated Otaki 14-4 in the Manawatu Rugby League grand final.[28]

Taradale Eagles defeated the Omahu Huia 51-10 in the Hawke's Bay Rugby League grand final while the Kaiti Knights won the Gisborne-East Coast grand final, defeating Uawa 34-26.[29]

The Motueka Tigers won the Nelson-Marlborough grand final, defeating the Blenheim Knights 42-24.[30] Cobden-Kohinoor won the West Coast Rugby League grand final, defeating minor premiers Waro-rakau 12-10.[23] The Waitati Warriors won the Otago grand final 14-10 over the South Pacific Raiders while Bluff defeated He Tauaa 20-14 in the Southland championship match.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.179
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  4. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.17
  5. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.166
  6. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.4
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  11. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.95
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  18. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.187
  19. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.188
  20. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.185
  21. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.200
  22. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.218
  23. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.210
  24. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.182
  25. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.190
  26. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.191
  27. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.196
  28. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.198
  29. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.192
  30. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.207