Hastings BHS Rugby History

Hastings Boys High School

Hastings Boys’ High School has a long and proud history in rugby. Despite being the smallest school in the NZSES competition, Hastings has twice attended the National Top Four and produced some fine All Blacks including, Hika Elliot, Josh Kronfeid and Bruce Robertson. Here is a breakdown of their best seasons.

 

1935

Captain: W.H. Cumbley

Coach: E.S. Craven

Played: 20

Won: 16

Lost: 3

Drawn: 1

Points For: 362

Points Against: 74

Won: Third Grade, beat  Napier BHS (Twice), Dannevirke HS, Gisborne BHS. In 1936 won the third Grade and enjoyed 14 wins in 19 games.

 

1951

Captain: A.P. Lemmon

Coach: Mr Flower

Played: 17

Won: 14

Lost: 2

Drawn: 1

Points For: 350

Points Against: 56

Notable Wins: Gisborne BHS, Shared Hastings Third Grade

 

1953

Captain: A.P. Lemmon

Coach: Mr Flower

Played: 15

Won: 14

Lost: 1

Points For: 350

Points Against: 56

Won: Third Grade, Gisborne BHS (16-11), Napier BHS (19-0)

 

1957

Captain: P. Bark

Coach: Mr Flower

Played: 16

Won: 11

Lost: 3

Drawn: 2

Points For: 263

Points Against: 163

Notable Wins: Gisborne BHS (14-13), Napier BHS

 

1959

Captain: D. Elvidge

Coach: Mr Flower

Played: 20

Won: 17

Lost: 3

Points For: 550

Points Against: 205

Notable Wins: Gisborne BHS (9-6), Hastings Junior Competition

 

1960-1969

First XV records in the sixties versions of the Heretaungan are not always reliable. However the sixties was a period of strength for Hastings rugby. Hastings Ikon the Hastings Junior Competition in 1961, 1964 (With a 16-5 record) and 1969 (with an 18-4-1 record). Hastings was runners up three times. The 1967 interschool match lost 23-24 to Gisborne Boys’ High School was described as “the hardest and most exciting game ever played on school grounds.”

 

1973

Captain: G Toms

Coach: Mr. H.P. MacEwan

Played: 24

Won: 19

Lost: 5

Points For: 559 (105 tries)

Points Against: 332

Won: Hastings Under 23 competition

Notable Wins: Te Aute (30-0), Wanganui Collegiate (28-10)

Top Try Scorer: Bruce Robertson, 30

 

1976

Captain: R Childs

Coach: Mr. H.P. MacEwan

Played: 21

Won: 17

Lost: 3

Drawn: 1

Points For: 559

Points Against: 137

Notable Wins: Te Aute (60-0), Wellington College (13-10)

 

1977

Captain: M. O’Leary

Coaches: Mr K. Crawford, Mr T. Reid

Played: 17

Won: 14

Lost: 3

Points For: 379

Points Against: 129

Notable Wins: First Team to beat Gisborne BHS, Napier BHS & Dannevirke HS in same the same year.

 

1987

Captains: C. Sitchbury, D. Pritchard

Coaches: Mr B. Morris, Mr T. Will

Played: 15

Won: 11

Lost: 4

Points For: 273

Points Against: 169

Notable Wins: Rongotai College, Rotorua BHS, Western Heights, Wanganui BHS

 

1989

Captain: Josh Kronfeld (51 tests for the All Blacks)

Coaches: Mr K. Sowersby, Mr TJ. Will

Played: 18

Won: 15

Lost: 2

Drawn: 1

Points For: 434

Points Against: 116

Notable Wins: Napier BHS, Gisborne BHS, St Kentigern College

National Top Four: Fourth

 

1990

Captain: S.W. Eru

Coaches: Mr A.P Dentice, Mr C.E. McCracken

Played: 14

Won: 10

Lost: 3

Drawn: 1

Points For: 318

Points Against: 186

Notable Wins: Napier BHS, Shirley BHS, Lindisfarne College.

Notable Player: Roger Randle (141 tries in 188 first class games)

 

1992

Captain: S.W. Eru

Coaches: Mr A.P Dentice, Mr C.E. McCracken

Played: 17

Won: 13

Lost: 3

Drawn: 1

Points For: 342

Points Against: 118

Notable Wins: Te Aute College, Lindisfarne College

Future All Black: Danny Lee

Note: In 1993 Hastings went 14-7 and completed an unbeaten tour of Australia, interschool results though were not that impressive.

 

1994

Captain: G.D. Varcoe

Coaches: Mr A.P Dentice, Mr C.E. McCracken

Played: 17

Won: 14

Lost: 3

Points For: 447

Points Against: 141

Notable Wins: Lindisfarne College, Westlake BHS.

Future All Black: Danny Lee

 

1998

Captain: H Osborne

Coach: BW Lynch

Played: 16

Won: 9

Lost: 6

Drawn: 1

Points For: 529

Points Against: 263

Top Points Scorer: Jeron Robson, 136

Top Try Scorer: Cassey Rangi, 14

Local Competition: Won

Hawke’s Bay Under 19 Reps: 6

Notable Wins: Napier BHS, Gisborne BHS

 

1999

Captain: Tafal loasa (New Zealand Sevens)

Coach: BW Lynch

Played: 17

Won: 10

Lost: 7

Points For: 438

Points Against: 234

Hawke’s Bay Under 19 Reps: 6

 

2001

Captain: John Galo

Coaches: Bevan Lynch, Craig McCracken, Trevor Will

Played: 15

Won: 11

Lost: 3

Drawn: 1

Points For: 413

Points Against: 187

Record NZSES Win: Tauranga Boys’ College, 91-0

Hawke’s Bay Schools Reps: 9

Note: Won the National Under 15 title in 2000.

 

 

2002

Coaches: Craig McCracken, J. Bird

Played: 17

Won: 15

Lost: 2

Points For: 669

Points Against:114

NZSES: Runners Up

Hawke’s Bay Schools Reps: 8

 

2003

Captain: Hika Elliot

Coaches: Craig McCracken, Trevor Will

Played: 13

Won: 10

Lost: 3

Points For: 532

Points Against: 124

NZSES: Third

Hawke’s Bay Schools Reps: 12

Record Wins: Lindisfarne College (93-0), Palmerston North BHS (68-5)

 

2004

Captain: Hika Elliot (NZ Schools)

Coaches: Craig McCracken, N. Nichol

Played: 18

Won: 16

Lost: 2

Points For: 729 (99 tries)

Points Against: 156

NZSES: Won

Moascar Cup: Won

National Top Four: Third

Hawke’s Bay Schools Reps: 7

 

2005

Captain: Joseph Skipper

Coaches: Mr Nichol

Played: 15

Won: 10

Lost: 5

Points For: 492

Points Against: 190

NZSES: Fourth

NZ Schools: Carl Anderson

Hawke’s Bay Schools Reps: 11

1998-2005: 90 wins, 37 defeats, 2 draws.

 

2016

Captain: Kianu Kereu-Symes

Coaches: Mark Ozich, Tafai Ioasa

Played: 19

Won: 18

Lost: 1

Points For: 632

Points Against: 153

Super 8: Beat Hamilton BHS 30-8 in the final. Smallest win was 22-7 v Gisborne BHS at the Rectory. Beat Palmerston North BHS and Rotorua BHS by record scores.

Other Notable Wins: Wellington College (twice), St. Pats Town (twice), St. Pats Silverstream, Kelston BHS (Record Score)

Hurricanes U18 Reps: Kianu Kereu-Symes (NZ Schools), Jacob Devery, Aleki Vuki, Liam Bauckman, Jesse Sipia, Tane Hohipa, Folau Fakatava (NZ Barbarians), Lincoln McCluthie (NZ Schools), Hunta Marsh, Danny Toala

Notes: Hastings BHS were a laughing stock between 2006 and 2013. They lost 45-0 to Gisborne BHS on Land Rover First XV rugby in 2011 and only won 3 out of 56 Super 8 games. In 2014 the corner was slowly turning. Hastings beat Napier BHS for the first time in a decade (27-17). They held National Champions Hamilton BHS to a 17-17 draw and also accounted for Tauranga BC and New Plymouth BHS (69-0). In 2015, Hastings won four matches against New Plymouth BHS, Gisborne BHS, Palmerston North BHS and Tauranga BC.

 

2017

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Captain: Kianu Kereu-Symes

Coaches: Mark Ozich, Tafai Ioasa, Josh Syms

Played: 21

Won: 20

Drawn: 1

Points For: 1035

Points Against: 122

Hurricanes U18 Reps: Folau Fakatava, Devan Flanders, Gideon Kautai, Kiamu Kereru-Symes, Miracle Lolofie, Donovan Mataira, Lincoln McClutchie, Josiah Metcalfe, Dennon Robinson, Danny Toala, Liam Udy-Johns.

NZ Schools: Devan Flanders, Lincoln McClutchie, Jeriah Mua and Danny Toala, Josiah Tevita-Metcalfe.

Notes: Kini Naholo has scored 41 tries.

 

2017: Scores

Pre-Season: Kelston BHS, 53-0

Pre-Season: King’s College, 22-13

Pre-Season: Mount Albert GS, 43-5

Pre-Season: St Kentigern College, 15-5

Pre-Season: Wellington College, 50-10

Tranzit Festival: Wairarapa College, 48-7

Tranzit Festival: St Patrick’s College, Wellington, 106-7

Tranzit Festival: Rongotai College, 55-0

Traditional: Lindisfarne College, 75-0

Super 8: Palmerston North BHS, 100-0

Super 8: Napier BHS, 38-3

Super 8: Gisborne BHS, 70-0

Super 8: Rotorua BHS, 53-0

Super 8: New Plymouth BHS, 32-0

Super 8: Tauranga BC, 64-0

Super 8: Hamilton BHS, 20-16

Super 8 Final: Hamilton BHS, 12-12

Hurricanes Semi-Final: Wellington College, 78-0

Hurricanes Final: St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, 47-17

National Top Four Semi-Final: St Kentigern College, 29-10

National Top Four Final: Hamilton BHS, 25-17

 

Unbeaten Teams To Win The National Top Four

1986: Auckland Grammar School – 22 wins, draw

1991: St Stephen’s School – 21 wins

1992: Auckland Grammar School – 22 wins, draw

1994: Gisborne Boys’ High School – 25 wins

2000: St Peter’s College, Auckland – 19 wins, draw

2001: Wesley College – 19 wins

2004: Christchurch Boys’ High School – 18 wins, draw

2005: Christchurch Boys’ High School – 24 wins

2008: Hamilton Boys’ High School – 18 wins, 2 draws

2010: Mount Albert Grammar School – 17 wins

2012: St Kentigern College – 20 wins

2017: Hastings Boys’ High School – 20 wins, draw

Note: Hamilton claim an unbeaten season in 2013, but lost to King’s College in pre-season, a result noted at King’s. Hamilton’s record therefore stands at 17-1, according to the school it’s 16-0.