Head Coach – Jarrod Framhein (0212382227)
Assistant Coach – Regan Sue
Assistant Coach – Tani Fuga
Manager - Dean Allnutt (0274888351)
Harbour B’s final encounter with Northland B at Toll Stadium was always going to be a cracker.
The final bus trip to Whangarei plus the SOS call to the Mahurangi front specialist Ray Beamish was a sign of relief for the coaches but more important ray had 30mins to get ready as the bus was only 10k away passing through Warkworth.
Two former Harbour players had jumped ship to go north and we would like to finish our season on a high. Northland’s dominance right from kick off and there home town advantage took affect right from start.
Our Harbour forwards threw everything at Northland during the first 40min , Dylan Masters made lots metres, followed by Kima Iosua. David Hala’ufia added 3 penalties before half time with Northland’s 17 points.
Blake Hall’s perfect try after half time and Hala’ufia conversion wasn’t going to be enough to put any pressure on the Taniwha’s. The Taniwha’s continued to run riot and the points started to add up. It wasn’t a lack of Harbour trying but they just couldn’t finish strongly , we were totally beaten on the paddock and full credit the Northland team, that was one of the best B’s teams we have ever seen come out of the north.
Final score Harbour B 16 – Northland B 38.
Player of the Day – Kima Iosua.
Special Thank you to Northland Rugby for hosting us, always special to play a curtain raiser.
The Bus trip to Waikato Stadium with Sione’s Wedding our pre match entertainment on board our Ritchie’s coach, was a smooth journey south.
Both teams having similar campaigns so pretty much a must win match between both unions.
Both teams from kick off were throwing the ball wide with Waikato putting early pressure on the Hibiscus men. With the numerous opportunities from both teams only 1 point could separate these teams at half time. David ‘Fulla’ Hala’ufia managed 3 penalties with Waikato’s two tries.
The last 40mins Harbour had a lot of ball but finished short each time, but a fantastic kick and chase from Nathan Cargo 50mins out and with Daniel Lee’s speed managed to scoop it up and run 30mins to score … share brilliance. That was time on the clock with Waikato taking the match 20-14.
It was good match to watch all 30 players playing entertaining footy.
Special Thank you to Waikato Rugby hosting us and very special to play a curtain raiser at Waikato Stadium.
Player of the Day – Blake Hall.
Player of the Day – Dylan Masters
A special thank you to Auckland Rugby and the University rugby club for hosting the Harbour B’s.
The Harbour B’s second Fixture and hosting Taranaki at Windsor Park was going to put their campaign back on track. Right from kick off the Hibiscus men showed that we mean business. After 10mins Harbour took a 10 point lead into the wind and showed some great defence and positive ball control. Daniel Hilton- Jones linked with the backs with some great passing to dot down with Daniel Lee adding the extras.
Taranaki from kick off used the wind to their advantage and showed what it’s all about playing catch up. There share size, and strong ball carries started to take control and leading into half time, the boys from the Naki had a slender 10-14 lead.
Harbour’s second half with the tail wind should have been the platform to secure the lead back with Callum Law racking up the penalty count as Harbour continued to grab early points. We got momentum but the finishing touches weren’t going our way , with some yellow cards which didn’t help things.
Taranaki started to dominated and control match with three very good tries and we always say defence wins games, but as the match went on we started to lose our shape. In the closing stages with this pressure match Callum Law once again showed slick foot work to grab 5 points and a Daniel Lee conversion.
Our points for the day came from Daniel Hilton- Jones, Callum Law tries, Daniel Lee 2 Conversions, Callum Law 4 Penalties.
Player of the Day - Glenn Preston.
Final Score Harbour B 26 – Taranaki 35.
Thank you ECB Rugby club for hosting this fixture.
20th August vs Auckland - Windsor Park
Harbour 21 (Jody Allen try; Callum Law 2 tries & 3 convs).
After a disappointing start the Harbour B’s showed glimpses of what they can do with ball in hand.
They managed 3 tries against Auckland but their defence let them down. Connor Collett was player of the day doing what he does best, being a nuisance around the field. Callum Law contributed 17 points, with 2 tires, 3 conversions, the little fella showed size doesn’t matter against the big boys across the bridge. In the last 20 mins, the former ITM cup player, Jody Allen came on and showed off his raging bull runs with a nice try towards the end.
The story of the rugby – Defence Wins Games. Final result 21 – 51 .
Special thank you to ECB Rugby for hosting this fixture
Preseason fixture vs. Counties at Karaka 13/8,
12 – 29 to Counties Red. Half time 12 – 17.
Tries to Nathan Cargo and Blake Hall, Daniel Lee conversion.