2007 New Zealand rugby league season

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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.

International competitions[edit]

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.

The amateur Irish Wolfhounds toured New Zealand in May–June, defeating Bay of Plenty but losing to Whangerei Marists and Auckland Marists.[1] They were coached by ex-pat Tony Benson.[2]

National competitions[edit]

Rugby League Cup[edit]

The Hawke's Bay defeated Gisborne Tairawhiti 58-6 on 15 September 2007.[3] Canterbury B then defeated the Hawke's Bay to win the Rugby League Cup.[4] The Hawke's Bay Unicorns included Elijah Niko.[5]

Bartercard Cup[edit]

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.[6] 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.

The Teams[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
Auckland Lions 18 16 1 1 888 217 617 33
Harbour League 18 15 1 2 630 322 308 31
Canterbury Bulls 18 12 0 6 663 426 207 24
Waitakere Rangers 18 11 1 6 638 430 208 23
Tamaki Titans 18 10 1 7 526 464 62 21
Wellington Orcas 18 10 0 8 509 529 -20 20
Waicoa Bay Stallions 18 5 1 12 418 682 -264 11
Northern Storm 18 4 0 14 372 730 -358 8
Counties Manukau Jetz 18 3 0 15 344 704 -360 6
Central Falcons 18 1 1 16 384 868 -484 3

The Playoffs[edit]

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
1 Auckland Lions 44  
2 Harbour League 40         1 Auckland Lions 28
      2 Harbour League 28   2 Harbour League 4
  3 Canterbury Bulls 24  
3 Canterbury Bulls 35
4 Waitakere Rangers 18  
Date Match Winner Loser Venue
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
Grand final[edit]
Team Halftime Total
Auckland Lions 8 28
Harbour League 0 4
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
Date 9 September
Venue Mt Smart Stadium
Broadcast Maori Television

Provincial tour[edit]

Auckland conducted a Queen's Birthday weekend tour of the South Island. The team was coached by Sam Panapa.[4] The team defeated a West Coast Invitational XIII 26-20 and Canterbury 28-24.

South Island Zone Competition[edit]

The Southland Rams, Canterbury B, West Coast and Otago played a four team tournament in September and October.[12]

National Club Competition[edit]

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.[4]

Australian competitions[edit]

Auckland Lions Premier League players during at match against St George Illawarra

The New Zealand Warriors competed in the National Rugby League competition. They finished 4th out of 16 teams before losing to North Queensland in the Semi Finals.

The Auckland Lions competed in the NSWRL Premier League and finished 10th out of 13 teams.

Club competitions[edit]


The Manurewa Marlins won the Fox Memorial trophy, defeating the Papakura Sea Eagles 28-20 in extra time in the grand final.[4] Papakura had finished the season as minor premiers. Richmond won the Stormont Shield.

The Northcote Tigers won the Sharman Cup (Division Two) while Ponsonby won the Phelan Shield (Division Three).


The Wainuiomata Lions were coached by John Lomax. David Lomax stepped in as caretaker coach when his brother was unavailable.[4]

The Wellington Rugby League board was given full control of its own competition on 1 April after being "in review" by the New Zealand Rugby League since January 2003.[13]


Kaiapoi won the Canterbury Rugby League title.[4]

Other Competitions[edit]

The Taniwharau Rugby League Club were the Waicoa Bay minor premiers and went on to win the grand final, defeating Turangawaewae.[14][15] Taniwharau went through the season undefeated.[16][17]

The Kia Ora Warriors defeated the Waitara Bears 29-20 in the Western Alliance grand final.[18]


  1. ^ 2007 International Rugby League Results & Tables Rugby League International Scores
  2. ^ Irish eyes smiling after league victory Daily Post, 29 May 2007
  3. ^ Bay crowned cup kings Hawke's Bay Today, 17 September 2007
  4. ^ a b c d e f Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.p.353-357.
  5. ^ a b Niko eager to make NRL clubs pay attention Hawke's Bay Today, 15 September 2007
  6. ^ a b Monday games axed The Press, 20 December 2006
  7. ^ a b c d e Bartercard Cup - Round 14 team lists Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. New Zealand Rugby League, 19 July 2007
  8. ^ Bartercard Cup - Round 13 team lists New Zealand Rugby League, 12 July 2007
  9. ^ hot Orcas hoping to extend purple patch The Dominion Post, 7 July 2007
  10. ^ a b c Bartercard Cup - Rd 11 teams New Zealand Rugby League, 30 June 2010
  11. ^ Limmer returns from injury to play Jetz The Press, 7 July 2007
  12. ^ Rams to face West Coast in city encounter The Southland Times, 15 September 2007
  13. ^ Article: Capital's 'former glory' restored Sunday Star-Times, 1 April 2007
  14. ^ Taniwharau clinch top spot downing COB Waikato Times, 30 June 2007
  15. ^ Tigers stand in way of Taniwharau's four-peat Waikato Times, 19 July 2010
  16. ^ Taniwharau favoured to win final Waikato Times, 25 August 2007
  17. ^ Taniwharau win championship after enthralling encounter Waikato Times, 27 August 2007
  18. ^ Kia Ora Warriors win Western Taranaki Daily News, 27 August 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2006 Bartercard Cup
Bartercard Cup
Succeeded by
2008 Bartercard Premiership