2007 New Zealand rugby league season
The 2007 New Zealand rugby league season was the 100th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the eighth season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Auckland Lions won the Cup by defeating Harbour League 28-4 in the Grand Final.
- 1 International competitions
- 2 National competitions
- 3 Australian competitions
- 4 Club competitions
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The New Zealand Kiwis played one test match in New Zealand, losing to Australia. They then embarked on the 2007 All Golds Tour to celebrate the centenary of international rugby league. The touring squad was coached by Gary Kemble and included: Louis Anderson, captain Roy Asotasi, Luke Covell, Greg Eastwood, David Faiumu, Dene Halatau, Shontayne Hape, Lance Hohaia, Krisnan Inu, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Epalahame Lauaki, Thomas Leuluai, Jeff Lima, Simon Mannering, Steve Matai, Fuifui Moimoi, Sam Perrett, Frank Pritchard, Sam Rapira, Ben Roberts, Jeremy Smith, Jeremy Smith, Chase Stanley, Clinton Toopi, Taniela Tuiaki, Tame Tupou and Paul Whatuira. In addition Nigel Vagana, Clinton Toopi, Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki, Steve Price, Ali Lauitiiti, David Kidwell, Jason Cayless and Awen Guttenbeil played for the All Golds in a celebration match. Wayne Bennett coached the All Golds side.
Earlier in the year the Kiwis had lost the ANZAC Test 6-30. Jake Webster, Manu Vatuvei, Benji Marshall, Nathan Cayless, Sonny Bill Williams, Tony Puletua, David Fa'alogo and Iosia Soliola played in the ANZAC Test but did not tour at the end of the year.
Rugby League Cup
The 2007 season was the eighth and final season of the Bartercard Cup run by the New Zealand Rugby League. From 2008 onwards the NZRL was to revert to a more traditional provincial competition. There were no major team changes however the Tamaki Leopards were renamed the Tamaki Titans and the Auckland Lions also fielded a team in the NSWRL Premier League. As a result, less players from the New Zealand Warriors featured in the Bartercard Cup.
A Saturday double header took place each weekend with one game screened live on Māori Television and the other one delayed on a Sunday. This replaced 2006's Monday Night Football, a move welcomed by Canterbury Bulls head coach Brent Stuart. The double header was held at either Mt Smart Stadium or North Harbour Stadium each weekend. There was only one Split Round (Round Eight over Queens Birthday Weekend) which meant the Grand Final was played in September.
- Harbour were coached by Ken McIntosh and Jason Lowrie and included Shaun Metcalf and Jeremiah Pai.
- Waitakere were coached by Bernie Perenara and included Cliff Beverley, Karl Guttenbeil, Roman Hifo, Pita Godinet, Jaye Pukepuke and Gavin Bailey.
- Auckland were coached by Brent Gemmell and included David and Paul Fisiiahi, Andrew Suniula, Martin Mitchell, Kimi Uasi, Julian O'Neill, Matthew Sturm and Daniel O’Regan.
- Tamaki were coached by Dean Clark and included Elijah Taylor, Constantine Mika, Leeson Ah Mau, Willie Heta and Aaron Pawley.
- Counties Manukau included Ian Hayes, Aidan Kirk, Michael Crockett, Sonny Fai and Tulson Caird.
- Waicoa Bay included Steve Rapira and Isaac John.
- Central were coached by David Lomax and included Elijah Niko.
- Wellington were coached by Paul Bergman and included Alehana Mara, Meli Koliavu, Mose Masoe and Ben Matulino.
- Canterbury were coached by former Kiwi Brent Stuart and included Lusi Sione, Corey Lawrie and Shane Beyers.
|Waicoa Bay Stallions||18||5||1||12||418||682||-264||11|
|Counties Manukau Jetz||18||3||0||15||344||704||-360||6|
The Bartercard Cup used the Page-McIntyre system in 2007. In the major semi-final at Waitemata Stadium, between the Auckland Lions and Harbour League the scores were tied at 40 all after normal time and 2 further periods of extra time. The game proceeded to go on for another 17 minutes and 16 seconds before Auckland finally scored the winning try. NZRL management believed that no game of rugby league has ever lasted that long, or at least certainly in modern times.
|Semifinals||Preliminary Final||Grand Final|
|2||Harbour League||40||1||Auckland Lions||28|
|2||Harbour League||28||2||Harbour League||4|
|25 August||Elimination Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||35||Waitakere Rangers||18||Waitemata Stadium|
|25 August||Qualification Semifinal||Auckland Lions||44||Harbour League||40||Waitemata Stadium|
|1 September||Preliminary Final||Harbour League||28||Canterbury Bulls||24||Waitemata Stadium|
|Tries (Auckland)||1: D. Fisiiahi, A. Suniula, M. Weepu, M. Mitchell, J. O'Neil|
|Tries (Harbour League)||1: T.Samoa|
|Goals (Auckland)||4: H. Mathews|
|Goals (Harbour League)||0|
|Venue||Mt Smart Stadium|
South Island Zone Competition
National Club Competition
The Wainuiomata Lions defeated the Papakura Sea Eagles 48-26 in the Grand Final of the National Club Competition. Wainuiomata defeated Manurewa 40-18 in a semi final while Papakura defeated Kaiapoi 48-22.
The Manurewa Marlins won the Fox Memorial trophy, defeating the Papakura Sea Eagles 28-20 in extra time in the grand final. Papakura had finished the season as minor premiers. Richmond won the Stormont Shield.
The Kia Ora Warriors defeated the Waitara Bears 29-20 in the Western Alliance grand final.
- 2007 International Rugby League Results & Tables Rugby League International Scores
- Irish eyes smiling after league victory Daily Post, 29 May 2007
- Bay crowned cup kings Hawke's Bay Today, 17 September 2007
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.p.353-357.
- Niko eager to make NRL clubs pay attention Hawke's Bay Today, 15 September 2007
- Monday games axed The Press, 20 December 2006
- Bartercard Cup - Round 14 team lists New Zealand Rugby League, 19 July 2007
- Bartercard Cup - Round 13 team lists New Zealand Rugby League, 12 July 2007
- hot Orcas hoping to extend purple patch The Dominion Post, 7 July 2007
- Bartercard Cup - Rd 11 teams New Zealand Rugby League, 30 June 2010
- Limmer returns from injury to play Jetz The Press, 7 July 2007
- Rams to face West Coast in city encounter The Southland Times, 15 September 2007
- Article: Capital's 'former glory' restored Sunday Star-Times, 1 April 2007
- Taniwharau clinch top spot downing COB Waikato Times, 30 June 2007
- Tigers stand in way of Taniwharau's four-peat Waikato Times, 19 July 2010
- Taniwharau favoured to win final Waikato Times, 25 August 2007
- Taniwharau win championship after enthralling encounter Waikato Times, 27 August 2007
- Kia Ora Warriors win Western Taranaki Daily News, 27 August 2007
2006 Bartercard Cup
2008 Bartercard Premiership