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Heartland Championship Saturday 25 September @ 2:30 pm Whakarua Memorial Park Ruatoria

Match Report: Thames Valley v. East Coast

There is no doubt that Thames Valley underplayed their hand in defeating Ngati Porou East Coast 35-19 at Ruatoria last Saturday. They were met by a stubborn East Coast defence, received three yellow cards and too often were penalised at the breakdown following promising attacking moves. The first yellow card resulted in an automatic seven- point penalty try which enabled East Coast to be only four points behind at half time.

Todd Doolin had opened Valley’s scoring with a penalty goal and then a fine break by Leroy Neels led to a try by Josh Kaho. The conversion was unsuccessful but shortly afterwards Connor Mc Verry, playing his fortieth match, scored his first ever try for the Swamp Foxes. Doolin converted and Thames Valley looked comfortable with 15-0 lead.

However East Coast worked their way back into the match and following a strong lineout drive their half back, Sam Parkes scored between the posts. The try was converted by Te Rangi Fraser. A further penalty goal by Doolin extended Thames Valley’s lead and to 18-7and then came the penalty try for East Coast when the referee ruled that they would have scored but for a knock-on intercept by Sione Vakapuna Etoni thus making the half time score: Thames Valley 18 East Coast 14.

Early in the second half Doolin kicked his third penalty goal and then Tevita Halafihi scored a try from a Thames Valley counter attack. Doolin’s conversion made the score 28-14 to the Swamp Foxes. Mid way through the half Valley were again reduced to 14 men when Muir was yellow carded – as was Masirewa for the final ten minutes. During this period Halafihi again demonstrated his speed and strength to score his second try which Doolin converted. East Coast had the last say and after a sustained attack on the Valley line Te Rangi Fraser scored an unconverted try to make the final score 35-19. Thames Valley’s four tries gave then a bonus point and they now sit equal with South Canterbury at the top of the points table.

It was good to come away with a win against a much, improved East Coast side especially as three yellow cards meant Thames Valley played a total of thirty minutes with only fourteen men on the paddock. However, the coaches will be looking for greater continuity and better discipline from now on.

In scoring two tries Tevita Halafihi proved to be a “super sub” and full credit must go to Tiaontin Raoren for a fine display, in the unaccustomed position of half back, after he replaced the injured, Leroy Neels.

For Thames Valley: Josh Kaho, Connor McVerry and Tevita Halafihi (2) tries. Todd Doolin 3 penalty goals and 3 conversions.

For East Coast: Sam Parkes and Te Rangi Fraser tries, plus one penalty try. Te Rangi Fraser 1 conversion.

East Coast 19 - 35 Thames Valley

  • Saturday 25 September 2021 @ 2:30 pm
  • Heartland Championship 
  • Whakarua Memorial Park Ruatoria
  • Referee: Tipene Cottrell
TR CON PEN DG
16 Trinity McQueen Ryan Leopold
17 Te Huia Kutia Trinity McQueen
18 Tyler Relph Josh Kaho
19 Kobi Abrahamson Ryan Leopold
20 Jack Kingsford Cody Muir
21 Tiaontin Raoren Leroy Neels
22 Tevita Halafihi Sione Vakapuna'Etoni 2
23 Will Newbold Telly Hemopo
47
Played
29
Won
4
Drawn
14
Lost

Previous meetings

11 Aug 31 2:00 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 05 - 03
26 Jul 47 2:00 pm Representative Thames Valley v East Coast 00 - 00
25 Jun 52 2:00 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 06 - 17
20 Aug 55 2:00 pm Representative Thames Valley v East Coast 30 - 06
29 Sep 56 2:00 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 06 - 20
14 Jul 59 2:00 pm Representative Thames Valley v East Coast 05 - 13
17 Sep 66 2:00 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 14 - 16
25 Jun 70 2:00 pm Representative Thames Valley v East Coast 25 - 06
29 Jun 72 2:00 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 10 - 10
18 Jun 74 2:00 pm Representative Thames Valley v East Coast 27 - 12
29 Jun 74 2:00 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 16 - 00
26 Jun 76 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v East Coast 04 - 12
20 Aug 77 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth East Coast v Thames Valley 10 - 10
29 Aug 78 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v East Coast 09 - 09
15 Sep 79 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth East Coast v Thames Valley 12 - 06
26 Jul 80 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth East Coast v Thames Valley 07 - 19
25 Aug 81 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v East Coast 21 - 09
15 Sep 82 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth East Coast v Thames Valley 04 - 21
30 Jul 83 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v East Coast 26 - 09
19 Sep 84 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth East Coast v Thames Valley 06 - 18
31 Aug 85 2:30 pm NPC-Div3Nth Thames Valley v East Coast 43 - 13
20 Aug 86 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 East Coast v Thames Valley 09 - 03
01 Aug 87 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v East Coast 15 - 06
03 Aug 88 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 East Coast v Thames Valley 00 - 56
18 Aug 90 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 East Coast v Thames Valley 04 - 42
11 Sep 93 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v East Coast 49 - 05
13 Aug 94 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 East Coast v Thames Valley 08 - 48
26 Aug 95 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v East Coast 57 - 31
14 Aug 97 2:30 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 38 - 33
05 Aug 99 2:30 pm Representative East Coast v Thames Valley 15 - 34
05 Aug 00 2:30 pm Representative Thames Valley v East Coast 45 - 18
01 Sep 01 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v East Coast 12 - 29
24 Aug 02 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v East Coast 15 - 19
06 Sep 03 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 East Coast v Thames Valley 06 - 12
28 Aug 04 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v East Coast 07 - 56
30 Sep 06 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v Thames Valley RFU 17 - 40
06 Oct 07 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v East Coast 13 - 43
06 Sep 08 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v Thames Valley 3 - 20
10 Oct 09 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v East Coast 10 - 16
10 Sep 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v Thames Valley 31 - 26
29 Sep 12 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v East Coast 38 - 53
13 Sep 14 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v Thames Valley 8 - 21
05 Sep 15 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v East Coast 50 - 13
26 Aug 17 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v Thames Valley 13 - 42
11 Aug 18 2:00 pm Pre-Season Thames Valley v East Coast 59 - 14
07 Sep 19 1:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v East Coast 43 - 15
25 Sep 21 2:30 pm Heartland Championship East Coast v Thames Valley 19 - 35