2009 Air New Zealand Cup
The 2009 Air New Zealand Cup was the 33rd provincial rugby union competition, the fourth since the competition reconstruction in 2006, involving the top 14 provincial unions in New Zealand. It ran for 15 weeks from 30 July to 7 November. It was also the last edition of the provincial competition to use the Air New Zealand Cup name, as the competition's sponsorship contract with Air New Zealand ended after that season. The 2010 competition will be held under a new name, the ITM Cup.
|2009 Air New Zealand Cup|
|Date||30 July – 7 November|
|Tries scored||420 |
(average 4.6 per match)
|Top point scorer||Matt Berquist (159)|
|Top try scorer||Zac Guildford (13)|
Unlike previous seasons the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup did not have quarterfinals in their finals format, instead going straight to the semifinals with the top four teams rather than the top eight.
Canterbury were the eventual champions, winning their second title in a row and their seventh overall, it was the first time Canterbury had gone back-to-back in the provincial championship. They beat Wellington, 28 – 20, at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on 7 November. Wellington were down 18 – 3 at halftime but came back to close the scores to 25 – 20 in Canterbury's favour, but a late penalty goal by Stephen Brett put Wellington out of reach and gave Canterbury the win and the championship.
Doubts were raised throughout the season with serious support coming from the four teams likely to be axed, Counties Manukau, Northland, Manawatu, and Tasman, and their supporters, while the financial sustainability of the two unions who were to be promoted to the new first division was questioned. On 11 December the New Zealand Rugby Union decided to stick with the 14 team Air New Zealand Cup and the 12 team Heartland Championship format through 2010.
The round-robin was the first phase of the competition, which consisted of 91 games over 13 weeks from 30 July to 25 October. The Rugby Union Bonus Points System was used to determine which four teams were to go on to the finals. There were seven games in each round.
|(RS)||Ranfurly Shield holders|
The top four teams from the round robin advanced to the semifinals.
|7||Bay of Plenty||13||7||0||6||268||267||1||1||3||32|
- In the event of a two-team tie on points the ranking of teams is decided by:
(1) the winner of the round robin match between the two provinces; then
(2) highest point difference; then
(3) most tries scored; then
(4) a coin toss.
- In the event of a three-team or more tie on points the rankings of teams is decided by:
(1) the province with the most wins against other tied provinces in the Round Robin; then
(2) if two teams remain tied they shall be ranked according to the criteria listed above, but if more than two teams remain tied, they shall be ranked according to criteria (2) to (4) only.
|Bay of Plenty||14–29||19–17||32–9||19–22||28–27||7–28||19–14||17–26||12–19||24–30||24–13||32–16||21–17|
|Home Game||Away Game|
The lists of how many tries and points each team has scored in the 2009 Air NZ Cup Round Robin.
Hawke's Bay scored the most points this season with 372 points while Southland had the best defensive record with 189 points scored against them. Hawke's Bay also scored, along with Canterbury and Wellington, the most tries this season with 40. Southland gave up the fewest tries as well of points with only 15 tries scored against them.
The table shows how many points were scored by each team (white) and how many points each team was scored against them (grey) in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. Hawke's Bay scored the most points this season with 372 points with an average of 28.6 points per game while Southland had the best defensive record with 189 points scored against them at an average of 14.5 points per game.
|Team||Points by Round||Total||AVG|
|Bay of Plenty||19||14||32||9||21||17||32||16||14||29||19||17||12||19||24||13||17||26||19||22||7||28||28||27||24||30||268||267||20.6||20.5|
List of tries each team has scored. Canterbury, Hawke's Bay and Wellington all scored the most tries during the round robin with 40 each. North Harbour, Northland and Taranaki all scored the fewest tries with only 20 tries each.
|Team||Total||Tries by Round|
|Bay of Plenty||24||22||1||1||3||0||2||1||2||1||1||4||1||1||0||1||3||1||2||2||1||1||1||3||3||3||4||3|
|Team||Total||Cards by Round|
|Bay of Plenty||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||1||0||0||0|
The list of the top players who scored the most points and tries in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. A total of 3953 points including 406 tries were scored with a total of 218 players scoring points.
Top Ten Points ScorersEdit
|Player||Team||Total||AVG||Points per Round||Details|
|Matt Berquist||Hawke's Bay||156||14.2||22||8||14||9||13||DNP||DNP||12||15||17||19||15||12||34 pen; 2 dg; 24 con|
|Mike Delany||Bay of Plenty||149||12.4||14||17||11||22||9||14||12||9||7||19||2||13||DNP||1 try; 38 pen; 15 con|
|Lachlan Munro||Northland||146||11.2||9||24||8||21||2||5||16||10||11||11||2||14||13||4 try; 32 pen; 15 con|
|Callum Bruce||Waikato||125||9.6||6||10||8||11||18||15||9||13||12||13||0||0||8||1 try; 30 pen; 15 con|
|Willie Ripia||Taranaki||115||10.5||11||DNP||DNP||9||9||5||19||12||9||18||0||8||15||1 try; 29 pen; 1 dg; 10 con|
|Robbie Robinson||Southland||111||10.1||11||16||8||6||DNP||DNP||14||9||8||8||6||16||9||29 pen; 12 con|
|Michael Harris||North Harbour||108||10.8||17||15||0||13||DNP||DNP||DNP||11||13||7||13||8||11||28 pen; 12 con|
|Andrew Goodman||Tasman||106||8.4||3||3||19||11||16||9||5||8||7||11||0||0||4||2 try; 19 pen; 1 dg; 18 con|
|Daniel Carter||Canterbury||98||16.3||14||22||19||DNP||21||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||5||17||DNP||3 try; 21 pen; 10 con|
|Daniel Kirkpatrick||Wellington||95||8.6||6||8||6||0||0||18||11||18||12||4||12||DNP||DNP||1 try; 20 pen; 15 con|
Top Try ScorersEdit
|Player||Team||Total||Tries by Round|
|Zac Guildford||Hawke's Bay||13||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||0||3||1||3||1||DNP|
|Jason Hona||Bay of Plenty||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2|
|Jason Shoemark||Hawke's Bay||5||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sona Taumalolo||Hawke's Bay||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||1|
The 2009 Air New Zealand Cup Finals contained two semifinals that were played on 30 and 31 October while the grand final was played on 7 November. Canterbury were crowned champions after beating Wellington 28 – 20 in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup Final.
|2009 Air New Zealand Cup Finals|
|Semifinal 1||Semifinal 2|
|Date and Time||30 October 7:35 pm||Date and Time||31 October 7:05 pm|
|AMI Stadium, Christchurch||8,000||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||9,073|
|Home Team||Away Team||Home Team||Away Team|
|2009 Air New Zealand Cup Grand Final|
|Date and Time||7 November, 7:35 pm|
|Venue||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||Attendance||12,000|
|Home Team||Away Team|
|H-T Score||F-T Score|
After the top four teams were determined from the round robin the semifinals were played on 30 and 31 October.
Canterbury beat Hawke's Bay, 20 – 3, in the first semifinal on 30 October. Canterbury had their best defensive performance of the season (points wise) against Hawke's Bay which was subsequently their worst offensive performance of the season. Canterbury gained their second final berth in a row and their first home final since 2001 while Hawke's Bay were knocked out of the competition from the semifinals in the third year in a row.
Wellington beat Southland, 34 – 21, in the second semi. Wellington were leading 19 – 7 at halftime but Southland made comeback early in the second scoring to converted tries in the first ten minutes. Wellington recovered though with two second half tries to replacement Dane Coles and a fifth penalty by Piri Weepu gave Wellington the win and a fourth straight place in the Air New Zealand Cup Final. Southland were knocked out for the second time in a row by Wellington in the semifinals.
The 2009 Air New Zealand Cup Final was played on 7 November at AMI Stadium in Christchurch between Canterbury and Wellington. It was Wellington's eighth final in eleven years while Canterbury were playing their first home final since 2001. Canterbury scored 2 tries in the first half, both coming to Colin Slade, in the 2nd and 35th minute and went into halftime with an 18 – 3 lead. Wellington came back in the second, reducing the deficit to 5 in the final 5 minutes but a late penalty goal by Stephen Brett in the 78th minute gained Canterbury back-to-back titles for the first time in the 33-year history of the competition, winning 28 – 20. Wellington, however, have now lost the final for the fourth time in a row, losing all previous Air New Zealand Cup finals.
Wellington held off Wairarapa Bush 90 – 19 in a convincing first up match and 61 – 6 game against Wanganui. Wellington beat Otago 23 – 19 on 31 July in a match at Westpac Stadium, and then Auckland 16–15 on 22 August. Wellington lost the shield the next week though losing to Canterbury 36 – 14.
Canterbury won their first challenge against Otago on 12 September, when they won 36 points to 16. They won their next challenge against Taranaki on 18 September, 29 – 17. Their next challenge was against Northland on 26 September, which they won 31 points to 21. They successfully defended the shield for the fourth time against Manawatu winning 50 – 26. In their fifth and final challenge of the season, Canterbury lost the Ranfurly Shield to Southland on 22 October 9 points to 3. Southland will not have their first challenge until next season.
|2 July||Wellington||90–19||Wairarapa Bush||Memorial Park, Masterton||5,000|
|9 July||Wellington||61–6||Wanganui||Cook's Garden, Wanganui||unknown|
|31 July||Wellington||23–19||Otago||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||11,261|
|22 August||Wellington||16–15||Auckland||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||13,466|
|29 August||Wellington||14–36||Canterbury||Westpac Stadium, Wellington||18,511|
|12 September||Canterbury||36–16||Otago||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||16,500|
|18 September||Canterbury||29–17||Taranaki||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||8,800|
|26 September||Canterbury||31–21||Northland||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||unknown|
|9 October||Canterbury||50–26||Manawatu||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||unknown|
|22 October||Canterbury||3–9||Southland||AMI Stadium, Christchurch||10,500|
Provincial rugby reconstructionEdit
The 2009 season may well be the last Air New Zealand Cup, by name and format, as the New Zealand Rugby Union has restructured the domestic competition with three divisions involved: a premier division competition with 10 teams, a Heartland Championship competition, also with 10 teams, and a new first division with the remaining 6 teams. This means that four teams in this year's competition will be relegated into the new first division whilst two Heartland teams will be promoted to join them. This has since become questioned with "serious doubts being raised about the ability of two Heartland provinces to join the proposed "second-tier" competition for 2010." Nothing has been confirmed but this, allied to concerns about that competition being "meaningful", will almost certainly see a stay of execution for the 14-team Air New Zealand Cup through to 2011.
The Tasman Rugby Union was in doubt for inclusion 2009 Air New Zealand Cup, stating financial problems as the cause of their potential downfall. But in December 2008, the New Zealand Rugby Union confirmed that they were able to compete in the 2009 competition after new funding arrangements were put in place for Tasman in 2009.
Bay of Plenty coaching changesEdit
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union terminated head coach Greg Smith's contract by mutual agreement in August, two weeks into the competition. Technical adviser Sean Horan took his place for the remainder of the season as Steve Miln remained assistant coach. Smith was appointed as Kevin Schuler's successor in March this year, but stood down before the Air NZ Cup competition began on 30 July amid claims of a player revolt and a breakdown with management. A statement released by the Bay of Plenty rugby Union said the termination of Smith's contract was due to "breakdown in certain aspects of the relationship".
Hawke's Bay 125th AnniversaryEdit
In 2009 the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union celebrated their 125th Anniversary. First founded in 1884 the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union became only the sixth team to celebrate 125 years in New Zealand Rugby.
Rugby in Hawke's Bay began in 1875 when the Napier Football Club changed and adopted rugby rules. By 1878 Napier, calling itself Hawke's Bay arranged matches with Gisborne on a regular basis. The Hawke's Bay union was formed at a meeting of delegates of four clubs inside the region: Napier, Union, Hastings, and Petane. Hawke's Bay were one of the founding member of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union in 1982, also their administrators, Ernest Hoben, became the first secretary and Logan, became a member of the inaugural three-man appeal committee who also served as the first New Zealand selectors.
Hawke's Bay was also part of a period during New Zealand Rugby history which came to be known as 'shield fever'. The revival of the Ranfurly Shield's interest was helped by Hawke's Bay's tenure between 1922–27 under head coach Norman McKenzie. They also had another lengthy period from 1967–69 under Colin Le Quesne.
Hawke's Bay have won the National Provincial Championship 2nd division 7 times: in 1979, 1988, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004; and since being promoted up to the Air New Zealand Cup in 2006, have been semifinalists in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Canterbury win the Ranfurly ShieldEdit
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Canterbury won the Ranfurly Shield off Wellington on 29 August. They won 36 – 14 in a one-sided affair in which Wellington only scored in the last ten minutes. It was the first time they won the shield since 2007 and the 13th time they have won the shield overall.
Canterbury were leading 26 – 0 at halftime thanks to tries by George Whitelock and Tim Bateman as well as 2 conversions and 4 penalty goals from Daniel Carter. Canterbury increased their lead to 36 with 15 minutes left while two late tries by Wellington was only a consolation as the challengers cut the holders shield tenure to 6.
Southland win the Ranfurly ShieldEdit
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Defense was evident during the game with the only scoring coming from a dropkick by Stephen Brett for Canterbury and 3 penalty goals by Robbie Robinson for Southland. At 3 – 3 after the halftime break Robinson kicked his second penalty goal 7 minutes in and secured the game with another in the 71st minute of play.
Kerikeri hosted its first ever provincial rugby match on 16 August at the Kerikeri Domain when the home team, Northland, lost 32 to 13 to Auckland in front of 6,000 people. It was also the first time Northland have played a home game inside the province outside of Whangarei.
Truck and trailer units were used as corporate boxes, a marquee was set up to feed 200 people and a temporary stand was put up that could seat 3000 people. More than 6000 tickets were pre sold and a crowd of 7000 was expected.
Taranaki coach quitsEdit
Taranaki coach Adrian Kennedy quit on 11 November saying the province is too parochial and closed to new ideas. He was the first outsider to coach the team and finished eighth in both his seasons in charge, his winning percentage was below 50%. His tenure was also plagued by bad off-field behaviour from players. Five players were stood down this season after an all-night public drinking binge.
The list of milestones of players and teams who celebrated a significant moment during the 2009 season.
The moments in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup where it happened for the first time.
Hawke's Bay beat AucklandEdit
On 1 August the Hawke's Bay Magpies beat Auckland 47 – 13, this was their first Air New Zealand/NPC win over them and their first win over the Aucklanders since 1974.
Hawke's Bay scored their first of five tries after 25 minutes of play which went wing Zac Guildford who ran down the left-hand touchline after a midfield turnover. After a try just before halftime by flanker Karl Lowe, Hawke's Bay scored three more tries in the second while Auckland couldn't add onto their 13 points scored in the first. 22 points from the boot of first five-eighth Matt Berquist along with five tries gave Hawke's Bay their first win over Auckland in 35 years.
Tasman beat North HarbourEdit
Tasman beat North Harbour 19 – 15 on 7 August, it was the first time in Tasman's short history that they have beaten North Harbour. North Harbour were Tasman's first ever Air New Zealand Cup opponent back in 2006 which North Harbour won 33 – 27 in Blenheim.
Tasman beat AucklandEdit
Tasman gained the halftime lead with a try and conversion from Andrew Goodman while Auckland could only score a penalty goal by Ash Moeke. Soon after the break Tasman scored their second try when Blair Cook took advantage of a blindside which Auckland failed to cover. Tasman were out 12 – 3 with five minutes before winger Atieli Pakalani made a break through the Tasman defense then passed to hooker Pat Leafa to score the try. The conversion was missed and Tasman held on to win 12 points to 8 with their best defensive performance of the season.
Tasman vs. Counties ManukauEdit
Tasman scored 51 points to Counties Manukau 15 including 6 tries. Both Blair Cook and James Kamana of Tasman scored two tries each while Andrew Goodman converted five of those as well as kicking three penalty goals. Sione Halani and Kade Poki scored the other tries while Matty James kicked a conversion. Counties Manukau only managed two tries to Mark Selwyn and Sherwin Stowers as well as one conversion and penalty goal.
Taranaki beat WellingtonEdit
Taranaki outscored Wellington two tries to one as they ended their 20-year losing streak to their Hurricanes partners. Willie Ripia scored 19 points of the boot by converting both tries and kicking five penalty goals. Daniel Kirkpatrick kicked the remaining 11 points for Wellington but it was not enough to win.
List of significant moments by players in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup.
David Holwell's 100th GameEdit
Holwell became Northland's 22nd centurion since their formation in 1920. He debuted for Northland in 1995 as 20-year-old against North Harbour. Before his hundredth game Holwell had played 254 first class games where he scored 2181 points including 36 tries, 450 conversion, 365 penalty goals and 2 drop goals.
Hosea Gear vs. Counties ManukauEdit
When Wellington beat Counties Manukau on 4 September, winger Hosea Gear equaled the record for most tries by a player in an Air New Zealand Cup game with 4, 3 of them in the first 30 minutes. He now holds the record with Peter Playford from Tasman who scored four tries against Northland in 2006. The overall New Zealand provincial rugby record is five on six occasions.
Fa'atonu Fili, Dropped Goal RecordEdit
When Wellington beat Auckland 16–15, fly-half Fa'atonu Fili kicked his third dropped goal of the season, an Air New Zealand Cup record. He also made his team the holder of most drop goals in a season by a team in the Air New Zealand Cup overtaking Southland in 2007 and Counties Manukau and Hawke's Bay, both in 2008. The overall New Zealand provincial rugby record is 4 by Ron Preston from Bay of Plenty against Waikato in 1985.
Andre Taylor vs. North HarbourEdit
Manawatu's Andre Taylor equaled the record for most points scored in an Air New Zealand Cup match with 27. He scored 2 tries and was given kicking duties where he scored 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals and 1 drop goal. He now shares the record with Jimmy Gopperth from North Harbour who scored 27 points against Counties Manukau in 2008. The overall New Zealand provincial rugby record is held by Ben Blair from Canterbury when he scored 37 points against Counties Manukau in 1999.
In total there were eight player suspensions throughout the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup with only three of them being cleared of any suspension. The largest ban went to Kurt Baker, who was suspended for eight weeks for abusing and threatening a referee.
|Paul Williams||Auckland||8 August||Dangerous play||1 week ban|
|Winston Stanley||Auckland||8 August||Foul play||cleared|
|Jordan Smiler||Waikato||14 August||Dangerous tackle||1 week ban|
|Kahn Fotuali'i||Tasman||28 August||Dangerous charge||cleared|
|Andrew Mailei||North Harbour||25 September||Dangerous tackle||2 week ban|
|Kurt Baker||Manawatu||16 September||Referee abuse||8 week ban|
|Luke Braid||Bay of Plenty||26 September||Dangerous tackle||2 week ban|
|Joe Wheeler||Tasman||17 October||Stamping||cleared|
|1 July||North Otago||3–79||Otago||Centennial Park, Oamaru|
|2 July||Wairarapa Bush||19–90||Wellington (RS)||Memorial Park, Masterton|
|3 July||Manawatu||13–22||Taranaki||FMG Stadium, Palmerston North|
|8 July||North Harbour||16–13||Waikato||Moire Park, Massey|
|8 July||North Otago||18–50||Southland||Centennial Park, Oamaru|
|9 July||Wanganui||6–61||Wellington (RS)||Cook's Garden, Wanganui|
|10 July||Hawke's Bay||35–13||Manawatu||McLean Park, Napier|
|10 July||Taranaki||26–18||Bay of Plenty||Yarrow Stadium, Taranaki|
|11 July||Mid Canterbury||0–85||Otago||Ashburton Showgrounds, Ashburton|
|11 July||Counties Manukau||0–14||Auckland||Growers Stadium, Pukekohe|
|15 July||Northland||7–10||North Harbour||Lindvart Park, Kaikohe|
|17 July||Taranaki||28–30||Hawke's Bay||TET Stadium, Inglewood|
|17 July||Auckland||17–12||Waikato||Douglas Field, Waitakere|
|17 July||Manawatu||38–19||Wellington||FMG Stadium, Palmerston North|
|17 July||Bay of Plenty||28–19||Counties Manukau||Rugby Park, Whakatane|
|17 July||Southland||19–7||Canterbury||Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill|
|18 July||Tasman||32–33||Otago||Trafalgar Park, Nelson|
|23 July||North Harbour||6–17||Auckland||North Harbour Stadium Outer Oval, North Shore|
|24 July||Wellington||31–24||Canterbury||Porirua Park, Wellington|
|24 July||Waikato||28–24||Taranaki||Waikato Stadium, Waikato|
|24 July||Counties Manukau||3–10||Northland||Growers Stadium, Pukekohe|
|24 July||Southland||19–14||Otago||Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill|
|24 July||Bay of Plenty||7–35||Hawke's Bay||Tauranga Domain, Tauranga|
|Bay of Plenty||Bay Park Stadium||Mount Maunganui||19,800|
|Rotorua International Stadium||Rotorua||34,000|
|Counties Manukau||Growers Stadium||Pukekohe||18,000|
|Hawke's Bay||McLean Park||Napier||22,000|
|Manawatu||FMG Stadium||Palmerston North||18,000|
|North Harbour||North Harbour Stadium||Albany||25,000|
|Southland||Rugby Park Stadium||Invercargill||17,000|
|Taranaki||Yarrow Stadium||New Plymouth||25,000|
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The list of referees who have officiated in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. Garratt Williamson has refereed the most games this season with 12. Nathan Pearce officiated the Hawke's Bay, Taranaki game on 15 August, he was the first referee from outside the country to referee an Air New Zealand Cup match, he was followed by fellow Australian Andrew Lees on 11 September and Englishman Wayne Barnes on 24 September.
|Referee||Union of Governance||No. of Games Officiated|
|Garratt Williamson||Wellington Rugby Football Union||12|
|Vinny Munro||Canterbury Rugby Football Union||10|
|Keith Brown||Southland Rugby Football Union||9|
|Josh Noonan||Canterbury Rugby Football Union||8|
|Jonathan White||Auckland Rugby Football Union||8|
|Chris Pollock||Wellington Rugby Football Union||7|
|Kane McBride||Canterbury Rugby Football Union||7|
|Mike Fraser||Wellington Rugby Football Union||5|
|Glenn Newman||North Harbour Rugby Union||4|
|Ben Skeen||Auckland Rugby Football Union||4|
|Matthew Stanish||Auckland Rugby Football Union||4|
|Bryce Lawrence||Bay of Plenty Rugby Union||4|
|James McPhail||Canterbury Rugby Football Union||3|
|Shane McDermott||Bay of Plenty Rugby Union||2|
|Nathan Pearce||Australian Rugby Union||2|
|Andrew Lees||Australian Rugby Union||2|
|Wayne Barnes||Rugby Football Union||1|
|Chris Morrison||Taranaki Rugby Football Union||1|
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