March 9, 2015
Bryan Craies 20/20 rugby tournament
The Bryan Craies 20/20 Rugby tournament held at College Rifles
was a good introduction for the coming season for these top
four teams in 2015.
The tournament went to the rule book to find a winner but
was played in good spirits. We had the College Rifles Bombers
and the Takapuna Bombers who had done the hard work with weighing
in under 86 kg. Ponsonby and Waitakere had a few over the
weight between them. Waitakere decided to default all games
but treat the tournament as a training run and one player
cost Ponsonby the title.
The games were low scoring, Takapuna defeated College Rifles
17-14 in the last play of the game, and Ponsonby also defeated
College Rifles 17-5.
The other defaulted games were played with no score registered
but the standard of rugby was high and good numbers in the
After the fixtures we had the sprint race to find 'quickest
of the tournament.' Dane Rua of College Rifles ran the 100
metres in 11.8 seconds with ball in hand. We understand that
was back to back victories as he was last year's champ.
Best try: Sean Campbell (Takapuna)
Player of the tournament: Tom Kippenberger (College Rifles)
Tournament team, named by Richard Inglis, Auckland U85kg coach:
Kash Ngature, Sam Knowles (Waitakere), Scott Scherer (Takapuna),
Jono Gould (College Rifles), Josh van Veen (Takapuna), Nick
Thompson (Ponsonby), Tom Kippenberger (College Rifles), Jamie
McLagen (Ponsonby), Jared Soar (Takapuna), Damien Taylor (Takapuna),
Scott Thomson (College Rifles), Sean Campbell (Takapuna),
Dane Rua (College Rifles), Ash Robinson (Ponsonby)
Bryan Craies Cup champions 2015: Takapuna Bombers (King of
I would just to thank all the teams, coaches and managers,
that took part, also College Rifles Rugby Club for hosting
this event, Auckland referees for their time, Chris Tautiaga,
director of senior rugby at College Rifles, and Kevin Reilly,
president of College Rifles, for their work behind the scenes.
Tournament day helpers: Deano Allnutt, Richard Inglis, Roger
'Mad Dog' Moore
Sponsors - Monty's Promotions, Husqvarna
Auckland Rugby Union, North Harbour Rugby Union, NZ Barbarians
RFC for their support.
We hope to continue the Bryan Craies Cup 2016 with a new
the winning team in 2015 will go into the 2016
tournament as favourites, with one team per union which includes
the Waikato U85kg club champions.
All the best to all the U85kg teams in 2015, train hard and
Bryan Craies 20/20 tournament controller
NZ Barbarians Rugby Club U85kg Rugby
Bombers retain Bryan Craies Cup
By Deano Allnutt at Northcote RFC
Cyclone Lusi started to play havoc in the build-up to the
Bryan Craies Cup and just before kickoff.
I'm not sure how hard the referees blew their whistles but
she headed south. The conditions were pretty good, a soft
track, and little tail wind towards Birkenhead Avenue, but
otherwise not bad. There were very few spectators but there
seemed to be more in the RSA looking out over the field.
The three teams weighed in with Northcote and Takapuna right
on the tournament weight while the College Rifles Bombers
had only one of their players over 87kg.
The Auckland champions, the College Rifles Raiders, didn't
even contest the scales, with more than half of the team over
the tournament weight. The Raiders were good sports, though,
and decided they still wanted to play in the Bryan Craies
Cup but would default their points and use the matches as
extra training and get their weight down.
Northcote won by default over the Raiders, but the score
was 16-12 on the field. Standout players from Northcote were
Aaron Kiwara, Robert Gore, Jesse Muir and Stephen Kerr. For
the Raiders, Andrew Little, Bobbie Taivoni, Bobby Lloyd and
The Rifles Bombers beat Takapuna 12-6. This was a top game
to watch. Both teams had been doing their homework in the
fitness department and showed great running rugby in 40 minutes.
The halftime score was 6-5 to Takapuna with Taka having the
upper hand to put game out to a three-point lead. A penalty
goal hit the post, and a counterattack from the Rifles Bombers
with the ball going through all 15 players' hands ended with
a well-executed try in the corner with a successful conversion.
Both teams showed great sportsmanship. Standout players from
Takapuna were: Glenn Tucker, Charles Bradley, Antony Hamilton,
and Euan Wilson while from the Rifles Bombers, Tom Kippenberger,
Ben Claxton, Carl Anderson, and Dave Rattenburg.
Takapuna Bombers won by default over College Rifles Raiders,
though the Raiders took the on-field match by three tries
The final pitted 2013 runners-up Northcote versus the defending
champs College Rifles Bombers.
Both teams looked good on paper but also in the early matches
- nothing could separate them in the first 20 minutes, using
both ends of the field, the width, solid tackling, and refereed
at a very high standard. Going into halftime both teams were
locked at 6-all with penalties by Jesse Muir of Northcote
and David Rattenburg of the Rifles Bombers. Northcote had
all the play, attacking with a tail wind, and just couldn't
get that five pointer. A late penalty to Rifles with two minutes
to go, a kick for a lineout you could see the Riflesmen planning
their attack. But Northcote fought back. A little knock-on
by the 'Cote gave Rifles another chance for the line. The
rest was history: a scrum, an 8-9 move off the back, a little
shimmy just around behind the post with a Rifles try to Aaron
Westbrook and Rattenburg adding the conversion. Final score:
College Rifles Bombers 13 Northcote 6.
Well played College Rifles Bombers, and congratulations on
back to back Bryan Craies Cup victories.
The sprint race for the quickest at the tournament went to
Dane 'The Flyer' from College Rifles Bombers.
A special thank you to Tina Gates and Miles Marcroft of the
North Harbour Rugby Union. The planning for this Bryan Craies
'King of the Middleweights' Cup started in November, and we
all appreciate the work behind the scenes.
Thanks also to Kieran and Karen Jones of Northcote Rugby
Club for hosting the tournament, North Harbour referees -
Leon Venter, Bennie Van Zyl, Tyron Lagerwell, Scott McKenzie;
Monty's Promotions - sponsoring sausages, referees shirts,
and the sprint prize.
A final thanks to Northcote, Takapuna, College Rifles Bombers
and College Rifles Raiders for taking part. All the best for
the coming 2014 season.
February 22, 2014
Bryan Craies Cup U85kg tournament
Bryan Craies is a long-standing member of the NZ Barbarians
Rugby Club and has been instrumental in promoting and developing
Barbarians middleweight or Under 85kg rugby. Through Bryan's
efforts and support, a middleweight 20/20 representative tournament
has been in place since 2010 with teams entered from Auckland,
North Harbour, Thames Valley, Waikato and in 2012 Wellington
joined the tournament. Bryan has overseen the selection of
an NZ Barbarians middleweight representative team who have
played New South Wales and Wellington in recent years.
Bryan Craies Cup, known as King of the Middleweights:
The teams taking part are:
College Rifles Raiders - winners of the 2013 Auckland U85kg
competition (winners three years in a row).
College Rifles Bombers - runners-up of the 2012-13 Auckland
competition, defending champions of the Bryan Craies Cup 2013
From North Harbour:
Takapuna - 2013 winners of the North Harbour competition
Northcote - 2013 North Harbour competition runners-up
The Bryan Craies U85kg Cup will be held at Northcote Rugby
Football Club, Recreation Drive, Birkenhead.
Tournament date and kickoff times:
*The tournament will be held on Saturday March 15.
*Kickoff times will be at 12.00pm and 1.00pm.
Matches will be played on Harvey Wright Fields 1 and 2.
Structure - match duration and points:
*Games will be 20 minutes each way with a five minute break
(the referee will be the sole judge of time).
*As these are pre-season fixtures rolling substitutions will
be permitted (maximum of 8 subs).
*Teams will play a one week competition (there will be no
final). The team with the most points at the end of play will
be the winner of the Bryan Craies U85kg Cup. If teams are
equal on points, the team which has the highest difference
of points 'for' minus points 'against' shall be the winner.
*If a team cannot be fielded due to retirements, then the
next 'best' team (teams which finished third in their competitions
i.e. from Auckland (Ponsonby) and from North Harbour (Marist)
will be invited to partake in the tournament.
Teams have been seeded as follows:
North Harbour - Takapuna (1), Northcote (2)
Auckland - College Rifles Raiders (1), College Rifles Bombers
Match 1: Round 1 - NH 2 v Auckland 1 (Northcote v CR Raiders)
Match 2: Round 1 - NH 1 v Auckland 2 (Takapuna v CR Bombers)
Match 3: Round 2 - NH 2 v Auckland 2 (Northcote v CR Bombers)
Match 4: Round 2 - NH 1 v Auckland 1 (Takapuna v CR Raiders)
Matches 1 and 2 kick off at 12.00pm and matches 3 and 4 at
Tournament contacts are Kieran Jones (021-378-780) and Deano
Allnutt (027-488-8351). Please do not hesitate to contact
them if any further information or clarification is required.
North Harbour on the attack during its 10-22 defeat to the Wellington
Centurions. Photo courtesy of Pania Gifford
The North Harbour and Waikato Cavaliers packs collide. North
Harbour won 31-5. Photo courtesy of Pania Gifford
Auckland reclaims middleweight title
Middleweight tourney team
Auckland has reclaimed its northern region middleweight title
after last weekend's (September 14-15, 2013) annual tournament
at the College Rifles club.
Two Barbarians cups were presented last weekend - the first
to the national schools winner (Hamilton BHS) and the second
the following day to the Auckland Under 85kg rep side, whose
3-1 tournament record was enough to clinch the silverware
after dropping its opening match 8-3 to eventual runners-up
Tournament organiser Deano Allnutt says the 2013 tournament
was very successful with a lot of young players shining, though
the age spread was 18 to 53. Gary Good from the Waikato Cavaliers
was the oldest (53) but youngest at heart. He received a special
award for services to U85kg rugby - a true legend and a great
ambassador to the fast and furious grade.
The tournament was a great spectacle for all the supporters
and the games were play at pace, as befitting middleweight
rugby. Organisers Allnutt and Cliff Lyon were assisted by
Scott Lacey, while Roger 'Mad Dog' Moore was also on hand.
Doctor Tom Marks of the Waikato Cavaliers did a top job stitching
up the walking wounded.
There are plans afoot to have the next tournament in the
Taupo region, which will make it easier for the Wellington
Centurions team to meet halfway.
A tournament team of 22 was selected and they were photographed
in full Barbarians strip (as pictured).
The tournament team is:
Antony Hamilton (North Harbour), Jeremy Chou-Lee (North Harbour),
Peter Stirrat (North Harbour), Texas Ngarongo-Porima (North
Harbour), Adam Hallet (Thames Valley), Nikora Royal (North
Harbour), Matiu Welch (Wellington Centurions), Andrew Little
(Auckland), Tony Natoli (Wellington Centurions), Arran Tawhara
(Waikato Cavaliers), Nick Kavanagh (Wellington Centurions),
Steven Trelevan (Auckland), Michael Gregson (Auckland), Bobby
Taivoni (Auckland), Glenn Tucker (North Harbour), Rawiri Brightwell
(North Harbour), Ryan Lee (Auckland), Tom Krippenberg (Auckland),
Brendan Lambert (Auckland), Josh DeRuyter (Waikato Cavaliers),
Nano Perez (Wellington Centurions), Glenn Strange (Thames
Valley). The selection convenor is Bryan Craies, and Deano
Allnutt is the manager.
Results: day one
North Harbour 8-3 Auckland
Wellington Centurions 16-0 Waikato Cavaliers
North Harbour 12-7 Thames Valley
Auckland 25-7 Wellington Centurions
Thames Valley 3-0 Waikato Cavaliers
Results: day two
Auckland 31-7 Waikato Cavaliers
Thames Valley 13-7 Wellington Centurions
Wellington Centurions 22-10 North Harbour
Auckland 10-3 Thames Valley
North Harbour 31-5 Waikato Cavaliers
1. Auckland - 15 points
2. North Harbour - 13 points
3= Wellington - 10 points
3= Thames Valley - 10 points
5. Waikato - 1 point
Rifles loaded for action-packed weekend
One of the highlights of the middleweight rugby calendar
is set to rock into action on the weekend of September 14-15
The annual Barbarians northern region middleweight (Under
85kg) tournament, which has run since 2008, will again be
held at Auckland's College Rifles club on the acclaimed artificial
Auckland may have dominated this always-competitive tournament
in the early years, but the defending champions are the Wellington
Centurions, who proved their worth with an unbeaten run in
the 2012 event.
Coached by former Hawke's Bay rep Greg Halford and Ian Tulloch,
Wellington will field another strong line-up and are seeking
to build on the burgeoning Under 85kg grade in the capital,
where there are 20 teams across three divisions. Players to
watch in the Centurions squad are centre Tony Natoli out of
the Tawa Titans club side (the runners-up to Marist St Pat's),
fullback Matiu Welch and loose forward Jack Coles.
One of the features of the Waikato side is the selection
of front-rower Gary Good of the Te Rapa club. He is 53! His
son Lance is the player-backs coach of the Waikato team.
Thames Valley will again field a competitive side, though
it will not be an Under 85kg unit, as the small union just
does not have the numbers to cater for a middleweight grade.
In effect, Thames Valley will be the union's second XV or
North Harbour, sponsored by Montys Promotions and Sue Mayhew
(wife of Barbarian John) of Bayleys Real Estate Takapuna,
is sure to be in the mix if it can free ball to exciting fullback/wing
Texas Ngarongo-Porima and fellow flyer Hezekiah Bowlin.
In the Auckland side, many of whom are playing on their home
ground, watch out for the experience of lock Brendan Lambert
and first five Scott Thomson.
Tournament organiser and Barbarian Deano Allnutt, who is
the North Harbour manager, says a number of premier grade
club players are filtering into the middleweight rep sides,
thus raising the standard. Many are aspiring to make the NZ
Barbarians representative team, which would be their All Blacks
jersey. Some of the players will no doubt head across town
to the All Blacks-Springboks test at Eden Park later on Saturday
The games will be of 40 minutes duration, 20 minutes each
way. After the final match on Sunday, the Barbarians selectors
Wayne Underhay and Brett and Bryan Craies will select a tournament
side which will have its photo in full Barbarians strip with
a view to a possible tour or matches in 2014, hopefully following
the unbeaten 2010 trailblazers.
The tournament controller is Barbarian Cliff Lyon, assisted
by Scott Lacey.
The Barbarians club sees entry into weight restricted rugby
as an integral part of its drive to foster amateur rugby.
It is committed to continue pushing for a national competition
as part of the NZRU calendar. This rep tournament is a solid
base from which to grow this important and growing level of
When: Saturday September 14-Sunday September 15
From: 11am (Saturday), 10.30am (Sunday)
Where: College Rifles Rugby Club, Auckland
For: NZ Barbarians Middleweight Cup
Teams (5): Auckland, North Harbour, Thames Valley, Waikato,
2011 Barbarians middleweight report/results
Played on 24/09/2011 in Paeroa
Auckland U85s 55 Tries: Colin Faulkner 3, Joel Murphy
2, Jono Willis, Brendon Lambert, Scott Thomson, Kieran Eddy;
Cons: Thomson (3), Robert Dunne (2)
Thames Valley 7
Played on 17/09/2011 at Shadbolt Park, Auckland
Auckland U85s 32 Tries: Jono Willis, Steve Kitchener,
Joel Murphy, Daniel Harris, Loren May; Cons: Scott Thomson
(2); Pen: Thomson
North Harbour U85s 18 Tries: Shaun Mortenson, Albertus
Engelbrecht; Con: Daniel Wallis; Pens: Shaun McCann (2); Halftime:
BARBARIANS CUP 2011
Barbarians Cup points for 2011 tournament:
Auckland: Record (3-0); points for 146, against 43; bonus
points 3; total points 15
North Harbour (2-1); points for 77, against 70; bonus 2; total
Waikato (0-2); points for 34; against 66; total points 0
Thames Valley (0-2); points for 29; against 89; total points
05/03/2011 at Ardmore Marist RFC, Counties Manukau
Barbarians middleweight XV 25-6 U85kg Development XV
Tries: Daniel Hainsworth, Bronson Rameka, Johnny Kaisuva Daunivuka,
Chris Aim: Con: Scott Thomson; Pen: Thomson
12/03/2011 at Thames Rugby Club, Thames
Barbarians middleweight XV 33-14 Thames Valley Development
Tries: Brendan Lambert (2), Steve Kitchener, Albertus Engelbrecht,
Josh van der Valk; Cons: Scott Thomson (4)
19/03/2011 at College Rifles Park, Auckland
Barbarians middleweight XV 48-14 U85kg Development
Tries: Daniel Hainsworth, Steve Kitchener, Aaron Westbrook,
Albertus Engelbrecht, Ben Stephenson, Mark Shaw, James Valentine;
Cons: Scott Thomson (3), Ben Steele (2); Pen: Steele
25/03/2011 at Te Whaea artificial turf, Newtown
Barbarians middleweight XV 62-0 OB University U85kg
Tries: Mark Shaw (2), Ryan Lee (2), Joe Kingstone, Brendan
Lambert, James Valentine, Bronson Rameka, Scott Thomson, Johnny
Kaisuva Daunivuka; Cons: Thomson (4); Ben Steele (2)
Total tries: 26
Points for 168, against 34
Most tries: Lock Brendan Lambert 3
Most points: Scott Thomson 32
Just in closing, I would like to thank the NZ Barbarian Rugby
Football Club for getting behind the middleweight team in
its third year. When speaking to players over the years and
how they felt putting on the famous red jersey for the first
time, they all said they grew an extra two feet and the honour
that goes with it, the history, famous names, and their confidence
has reached a new level for the future. The Barbarians gave
them all an opportunity. Thank you for that.
NZ Barbarians middleweight rugby team
Barbarians involvement in middleweight rugby
The Barbarians became involved in the Under 85kg rugby grade
in 2008, believing that there was an opportunity for the club
to assist in fostering this grade. It is an amateur grade,
encompassing many players, who because of weight, work, or
time restraints, find that this grade caters for serious amateur
players, playing to high technical status. We believe that
many future club committees, and club officials, will come
from this base of enthusiastic young men. To date the trend
of senior players "doing their time" within their
club is trending downwards. Following acceptance by the Barbarians
committee, it was decided to put a Barbarian flavour to the
grade by referring to it as 'middleweight rugby".
Middleweight rugby is played as a grade in Auckland, Wellington,
Canterbury, North Harbour and Waikato. Counties Manukau and
Northland are trialling the grade. NSW has a strong competition.
In the past Auckland has played Wellington and has attended
an 80/80 tournament hosted by Malaysia. We were also aware
of previous trans-Tasman games between North Harbour and Sydney.
Following a very successful trip by an Auckland U85kg grade
to Thailand in 2002, Ken Baguley (former chairman of the Auckland
Rugby Union) suggested the NZRU consider promoting this grade
of rugby. Nothing came of this, however, his paper has become
the basis of our club's plan for this grade.
Following the completion of the inaugural middleweight tournament,
a combined effort by the Auckland Rugby Union and the Barbarians,
a NZ Barbarians side was selected to play an Australian side.
The tournament was attended by teams from North Harbour, Auckland,
Waikato, and the U23 national Thai team. This Barbarian selection
then toured Sydney, winning both games it played. This format
has continued with a team from Thames Valley replacing the
Thai team last year (2009).
Every effort is being made to include teams from Wellington,
Canterbury, as well as Counties and Northland.
The Barbarian Rugby Football Club see entry into weight restricted
rugby as an integral part of the club's effort to foster amateur
rugby. We are committed to continue driving forward for a
national competition as part of the NZRU calendar.
The club has been presented a very prestigious trophy, the
Ladore Trophy, by the family trust of Norm Bennett, to be
presented for excellence within this grade.