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2009 Air New Zealand Cup
Competition details
Duration 30 July – 7 November
Teams 14
Matches played
Round robin 91
Finals 3
Final positions
Champions Canterbury (2nd title)
Runner-up Wellington
Competition statistics
Points scored 4079
Tries scored 420
Top point scorer Matt Berquist (159)
Top try scorer Zac Guildford (13)


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 Zealandmarker. It ran for 15 weeks from July 30 to November 7.

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 Stadiummarker in Christchurchmarker on the 7th of 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.

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: two ten team division and a new 6 team division. Doubts have since been raised.

Round Robin

The round-robin was the first phase of the competition, which consisted of 91 games over 13 weeks from the 30th of July to the 25th of October. The Rugby Union Bonus Points System was used to determine which four teams were to go on to the finals. There were 7 games in each round.

After the round robin Hawke's Bay, Southland, Wellington and Canterbury came out on top to advance to the finals.
Semifinalist
(RS) Ranfurly Shield holders


Standings

The top four teams from the round robin advanced to the semifinals.

Pos. Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 Pts
1 Canterbury 13 10 0 3 369 231 138 4 3 47
2 Wellington 13 9 0 4 362 237 125 5 2 43
3 Southland (RS) 13 9 1 3 260 189 71 2 1 41
4 Hawke's Bay 13 8 1 4 372 256 116 6 1 41
5 Auckland 13 8 0 5 272 223 49 3 4 39
6 Waikato 13 8 0 5 285 297 -12 4 0 36
7 Bay of Plenty 13 7 0 6 268 267 1 1 3 32
8 Taranaki 13 6 1 6 252 251 1 1 1 28
9 Tasman 13 6 0 7 243 260 -17 2 2 28
10 Otago 13 5 0 8 260 283 -23 2 5 27
11 Manawatu 13 4 0 9 305 362 -57 3 5 24
12 North Harbour 13 4 0 9 244 320 -76 0 4 20
13 Northland 13 3 1 9 226 341 -115 0 2 16
14 Counties Manukau 13 2 0 11 235 436 -201 2 2 12
  • 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.

Results grid

Auck BoP Cant CM HB Mana NorH North Otago South Tara Tas Wai Wgtn
Auckland 29-14 16-22 37-14 13-47 23-20 14-16 32-13 22-18 27-13 10-0 8-12 26-18 15-16
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
Canterbury 22-16 17-19 28-17 27-20 50-26 19-22 31-21 36-16 3-9 29-17 25-21 46-13 36-14
Counties Manukau 14-37 9-32 17-28 8-54 31-36 19-28 37-21 19-22 6-14 33-21 15-51 8-30 19-62
Hawke's Bay 47-13 22-19 20-27 54-8 35-30 34-17 32-13 32-10 9-18 24-24 28-26 22-30 13-21
Manawatu 20-23 27-28 26-50 36-31 30-35 42-16 18-25 19-12 25-23 10-12 15-34 22-30 15-43
North Harbour 16-14 28-7 22-19 28-19 17-34 16-42 23-26 9-29 22-24 13-17 15-19 22-33 13-37
Northland 13-32 14-19 21-31 21-37 13-32 25-18 26-23 7-29 15-15 29-16 16-21 19-27 7-41
Otago 18-22 26-17 16-36 22-19 10-32 12-19 29-9 29-7 19-26 10-38 21-0 29-35 19-23
Southland 13-27 19-12 9-3 14-6 18-9 23-25 24-22 15-15 26-19 29-13 41-0 16-6 13-32
Taranaki 0-10 30-24 17-29 21-33 24-24 12-10 17-13 16-29 38-10 13-29 21-9 14-15 29-16
Tasman 12-8 13-24 21-25 51-15 26-28 34-15 19-15 21-16 0-21 0-41 9-21 23-9 14-22
Waikato 18-26 16-32 13-46 30-8 30-22 30-22 33-22 27-19 35-29 6-16 15-14 9-23 23-18
Wellington 16-15 17-21 14-36 62-19 21-13 43-15 37-13 41-7 23-19 32-13 16-29 22-14 18-23
Home Game Away Game


Statistics

Team

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 least amount of tries as well of points with only 15 tries scored against them.
Points
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Auckland 13 47 16 22 32 13 15 16 29 14 22 18 23 20 14 16 8 12 27 13 10 0 37 14 26 18 272 223 20.9 17.2
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
Canterbury 19 22 22 16 46 13 25 21 36 14 17 19 36 16 29 17 31 21 28 17 50 26 27 20 3 9 369 231 28.4 17.8
Counties Manukau 31 36 9 32 15 51 33 21 8 30 19 62 37 21 6 14 19 28 17 28 8 54 14 37 19 22 235 436 18.1 33.5
Hawke's Bay 47 13 13 21 24 24 9 18 28 26 22 30 34 17 32 10 35 30 22 19 54 8 20 27 32 13 372 283 28.6 21.8
Manawatu 36 31 22 30 25 23 19 12 10 12 15 34 20 23 18 25 30 35 15 43 26 50 27 28 42 16 305 362 23.5 27.8
North Harbour 22 19 15 19 9 29 23 26 22 24 13 17 17 34 16 14 28 19 22 33 28 7 13 37 16 42 244 320 18.8 24.6
Northland 14 19 29 16 13 32 26 23 7 29 15 15 21 37 25 18 21 31 16 21 7 41 19 27 13 32 226 341 17.4 26.2
Otago 19 23 19 26 29 9 12 19 29 7 18 22 16 36 10 32 26 17 10 38 29 35 21 0 22 19 260 283 20 21.8
Southland 16 6 26 19 23 25 18 9 24 22 15 15 19 12 14 6 13 32 13 27 41 0 29 13 9 3 260 189 20 14.5
Taranaki 21 9 16 29 24 24 21 33 12 10 17 13 29 16 17 29 14 15 38 10 0 10 13 29 30 24 252 251 19.4 19.3
Tasman 9 21 19 15 51 15 21 25 26 28 34 15 23 9 13 24 12 8 21 16 0 41 0 21 14 22 243 260 18.7 20
Waikato 6 16 30 22 13 46 16 32 30 8 30 22 9 23 23 18 15 14 33 22 35 29 27 19 18 26 285 297 21.9 22.8
Wellington 23 19 21 13 17 21 16 15 14 36 62 19 16 29 18 23 32 13 43 15 41 7 37 13 22 14 362 237 27.8 18.2
Offensive Defensive


Tries
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 least amount of tries with only 20 tries each.

Southland gave up the least amount of tries with 15 while Counties Manukau gave up the most with 48.
Team Total Tries by Round
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Auckland 29 22 1 5 1 1 4 1 2 2 4 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 0 4 2 2 2
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
Canterbury 40 19 1 1 1 1 5 1 3 2 3 2 1 1 5 1 4 1 3 2 3 1 8 4 3 1 0 0
Counties Manukau 30 48 5 5 0 3 2 6 3 2 1 3 3 9 5 2 0 1 3 3 2 3 1 7 2 4 3 1
Hawke's Bay 40 25 5 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 3 2 3 3 5 3 4 1 4 3 1 1 7 1 1 3 4 1
Manawatu 35 47 4 5 3 4 3 3 3 2 1 0 2 5 2 3 0 3 3 4 2 7 4 8 3 3 5 1
North Harbour 20 37 1 1 0 1 0 4 2 2 1 4 1 1 3 5 1 1 3 3 3 4 3 1 1 4 1 5
Northland 20 38 1 1 2 1 1 4 2 2 1 4 2 3 2 5 3 0 2 3 1 2 1 5 1 4 1 4
Otago 23 33 2 2 1 2 4 0 2 3 4 1 2 3 1 5 1 4 2 2 1 4 3 4 2 0 1 3
Southland 28 15 1 0 2 1 3 3 2 0 4 1 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 4 1 3 7 0 2 1 0 0
Taranaki 20 22 2 0 1 2 2 2 2 3 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 4 1 0 4 1 0 1 1 2 3 4
Tasman 26 27 0 2 2 0 6 2 2 3 2 2 5 2 2 0 1 3 2 1 2 1 0 7 0 2 2 1
Waikato 28 27 0 1 4 3 1 5 1 2 3 2 3 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 4 3 4 3 4 1 2 2
Wellington 40 24 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 9 3 1 2 0 2 4 1 7 2 5 1 4 1 1 2
Offensive Defensive


Disciplinary Cards
List of teams who's players received yellow and/or red cards. Bay of Plenty were issued the most yellow cards with 5 while North Harbour were issued the only red card of the season.
Team Total Cards by Round
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Auckland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bay of Plenty 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Canterbury 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Counties Manukau 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hawke's Bay 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1
Manawatu 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
North Harbour 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Northland 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Otago 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Southland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taranaki 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tasman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Waikato 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Wellington 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0


Player

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 Scorers
2009 Air New Zealand Cup Round Robin top ten point scorers. Matt Berquist scored the most with 156 points and an average of 14.2 points per game.
Player Team Total AVG Points per Round Details
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
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 Scorers
2009 Air New Zealand Cup top try scorers. Zac Guildford scored the most tries during the season with 13.
Player Team Total Tries by Round
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Zac Guildford Hawke's Bay 13 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 3 1 3 1 DNP
Hosea Gear Wellington 11 1 1 0 1 1 4 DNP DNP DNP DNP 2 1 0
Sean Maitland Canterbury 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0
Ben Smith Otago 6 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 DNP
Jared Payne Northland 6 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
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
Sosene Anesi Waikato 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Many 4 Various


Finals

The 2009 Air New Zealand Cup Finals contained two semifinals that were played played on the 30th and 31st of October while the grand final was played on November 7th. 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 October 30th, 7:35 pm Date and Time October 31st, 7:05 pm
Venue Attendance Venue Attendance
AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker 8,000 Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker 9,073
Home Team Away Team Home Team Away Team
Canterbury 20 3 Hawke's Bay Wellington 34 21 Southland
2009 Air New Zealand Cup Grand Final
Date and Time 7th of November, 7:35 pm
Venue AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker Attendance 12,000
Canterbury Wellington
18 28 Score 20 3
Champions
Home Team Away Team
H-T Score F-T Score

Semifinals

After the top four teams were determined from the round robin the semifinals were played on the 30th and 31st of October.

Canterbury beat Hawke's Bay, 20 – 3, in the first semifinal on the 30th of 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.

Final

The 2009 Air New Zealand Cup Final was played on the 7th of November at AMI Stadiummarker in Christchurchmarker 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 a 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.

Ranfurly Shield

The Ranfurly Shield went through 10 challenges this season and changed hands twice, from Wellington to Canterbury in round 5, then from Canterbury to Southland in the last round of the round robin.

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 the 31 July in a match at Westpac Stadiummarker, and then Auckland 16-15 on the 22nd of August. Wellington lost the shield the next week though losing to Canterbury 36 – 14.

Canterbury won their first challenge against Otago on the 12th of September, when they won 36 points to 16. They won their next challenge against Taranaki on the 18th of September, 29 – 17. Their next challenge was against Northland on the 26th of 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 the 22nd of October 9 points to 3. Southland will not have their first challenge until next season.

Fixtures

Date Holder Score Challenger Venue Attendance
2 July Wellington 90 – 19 Wairarapa Bush Memorial Park, Mastertonmarker 5,000
9 July Wellington 61 – 6 Wanganui Cook's Garden, Wanganuimarker unknown
31 July Wellington 23 – 19 Otago Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker 11,261
22 Aug Wellington 16 – 15 Auckland Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker 13,466
29 Aug Wellington 14 – 36 Canterbury Westpac Stadiummarker, Wellingtonmarker 18,511
12 Sept Canterbury 36 – 16 Otago AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker 16,500
18 Sept Canterbury 29 – 17 Taranaki AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker 8,800
26 Sept Canterbury 31 – 21 Northland AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker unknown
09 Oct Canterbury 50 – 26 Manawatu AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker unknown
22 Oct Canterbury 3 – 9 Southland AMI Stadiummarker, Christchurchmarker 10,500


Season highlights

Provincial rugby reconstruction

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 years 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.

Tasman's inclusion

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 changes

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 July 30 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 Anniversary

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 Baymarker began in 1875 when the Napier Football Club changed and adopted rugby rules. By 1878 Napier, calling itself Hawke's Bay arranged matches with Gisbornemarker 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 have contributed 48 players to the New Zealand national team throughout their history including George Nepia, Maurice and Cyril Brownlie, Kel Tremain and Norm Hewitt.

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 the 2007, 08 and know 2009.

Canterbury win the Ranfurly Shield

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Canterbury won the Ranfurly Shield off Wellington on the 29th of 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've 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 Shield

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Southland won the Ranfurly Shield off Canterbury when they beat them 9 points to 3 on the 22nd of October. It was the first time they've won the 'shield' since 1959, 50 years from tenures.

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

Kerikerimarker hosted its first ever provincial rugby match on the 16th of 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 Whangareimarker.

New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew said the shift was agreed to given the redevelopment work taking place at Whangareimarker's Okara Parkmarker ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Truck and trailer units were used as corporate boxes, a marquee was setup 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 quits

Taranaki coach Adrian Kennedy on November 11th saying the province is too parochial and closed to new ideas. He was the first outsider to coach the team and finished 8th in both his seasons in charge, his winning percentage was below 50%. His tenure was also plaqued by bad off field behaviour from players. Five players were stood down this season after an all-night public drinking binge.

Milestones

The list of milestones of players and teams who celebrated a significant moment during the 2009 season.

Firsts

The moments in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup where it happened for the first time.
Hawke's Bay beat Auckland
On the 1st of 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 Harbour
Tasman beat North Harbour 19 – 15 on the 7th of 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.

North Harbour's points all came from the boot of first five Mike Harris with 5 penalty goals while Tasman were able to score two tries and two penalties to win their first game of the season.

Tasman beat Auckland
Auckland went down to Tasman, 12 – 8, for the first time in their two previous meetings. The first time they met Auckland won 46 – 6.

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 Manukau
When Tasman and Counties Manukau played each other on the 16th of August, it was the first time these two teams have faced off in Tasman's 4 year history.

Tasman scored 51 points to Counties Manukau 15 including 6 tries. Both Blair Cook and James Kamana of Tasman scored 2 tries each while Andrew Goodman converted 5 of those as well as kicking 3 penalty goals. Sione Halani and Kade Poki scored the other tries while Matty James kicked a conversion. Counties Manukau only managed 2 tries to Mark Selwyn and Sherwin Stowers as well as one conversion and penalty goal.

Taranaki beat Wellington
When Taranaki beat Wellington 29 points to 16, it was the first time they've beaten them in a NPC or Air New Zealand Cup match since 1989.

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 5 penalty goals. Daniel Kirkpatrick kicked the remaining 11 points for Wellington but it wasn't enough to win.

Player

List of significant moments by players in the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup.
David Holwell's 100th Game
David Holwell, of Northland, celebrated his 100th game for the province on the 11th of October. However the team could not pull off the upset against his old province Wellington.

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 Manukau
When Wellington beat Counties Manukau on the 4th of 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 4 tries against Northland in 2006. The overall New Zealand provincial rugby record is 5 on six occasions.

Fa'atonu Fili, Dropped Goal Record
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 Harbour
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.

Player suspensions

In total there were 8 player suspensions throughout the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup with only 3 of them being cleared of any suspension. The largest ban went to Kurt Baker, who was suspended for 8 weeks for abusing and threatening a referee.
Player Team Date Offence Penalty
Paul Williams Auckland 8 Aug Dangerous play 1 week ban
Winston Stanley Auckland 8 Aug Foul play cleared
Jordan Smiler Waikato 14 Aug Dangerous tackle 1 week ban
Kahn Fotuali’i Tasman 28 Aug Dangerous charge cleared
Andrew Mailei North Harbour 25 Sept Dangerous tackle 2 week ban
Kurt Baker Manawatu 16 Sept Referee abuse 8 week ban
Luke Braid Bay of Plenty 26 Sept Dangerous tackle 2 week ban
Joe Wheeler Tasman 17 Oct Stamping cleared


Pre-season Fixtures

2009 pre-season games including two Ranfurly Shield matches for Wellington against Wairarapa Bush and Wanganui.
Date Home Score Away Venue
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


Stadia

Team Stadium Town/City Capacity
Auckland Eden Parkmarker Kingsland 45,4721
Bay of Plenty Bay Park Stadiummarker Mount Maunganuimarker 19,800
Rotorua International Stadiummarker Rotoruamarker 34,000
Canterbury AMI Stadiummarker Christchurchmarker 36,0001
Counties Manukau Growers Stadium Pukekohemarker 18,000
Hawke's Bay McLean Parkmarker Napiermarker 17,000
Manawatu FMG Stadiummarker Palmerston Northmarker 18,000
North Harbour North Harbour Stadiummarker Albanymarker 25,000
Northland Okara Parkmarker Whangareimarker 25,000
Kerikeri Domain Kerikerimarker 6,5002
Otago Carisbrookmarker Dunedinmarker 29,000
Southland Rugby Park Stadiummarker Invercargillmarker 17,000
Taranaki Yarrow Stadiummarker New Plymouthmarker 25,000
Tasman Lansdowne Parkmarker Blenheimmarker 15,000
Trafalagar Parkmarker Nelsonmarker 16,000
Waikato Waikato Stadiummarker Hamiltonmarker 25,800
Wellington Westpac Stadiummarker Wellingtonmarker 34,500
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Referees

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 the 15th of 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 the 11th of September and Englishman Wayne Barnes on the 24th of 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 Morris Taranaki Rugby Football Union 1


See also

Main articles Sub articles Team articles
Related pages


References

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