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Archive for September 2017

Deja Vu For Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Ahead of Akarana Showdown

Photo Credit: Kevin Clarke – CMG Sports You could forgive Rockcote Canterbury Bulls coach Andrew Auimatagi for having a sense of déjà vu ahead of this Saturday’s do-or-die NZRL National Premiership clash with Akarana Falcons at Auckland’s Trust Stadium. As the Bulls approached their encounter with the Falcons in the last round-robin clash in 2016,…

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Bulls Boosted By Baxendale’s Return

Via The Press – by Tony Smith James Baxendale is just back from seven weeks in Europe but he reckons he’ll be ready for the Canterbury Bulls’ must-win National Provincial Premiership rugby league match in Auckland. Head coach Andrew Auimatagi confirmed Baxendale will be in the lineup for the Akarana Falcons clash on Saturday after…

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Rockcote Canterbury Bulls Still Alive After Waikato Win

Via Stuff – by Aaron Goile Canterbury proved too strong for Waikato in their crucial second-round national premiership rugby league clash in Hamilton on Sunday. The Bulls took out an entertaining contest 32-28 at FMG Stadium Waikato, to stay well in contention for the final in a fortnight’s time. Both teams had lost first-up so…

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Sacrifices Worthwhile As Arona Chases NRL Dream

The Rockcote Canterbury Bulls had a familiar face amongst their support crew for Sunday’s NZRL National Premiership opener against Counties Manukau. Tevin Arona, the Bulls’ halfback star during their 2015-16 campaigns, is now based in Auckland as part of the Warriors’ InTrust Super Premiership squad. But he utilised a rare weekend off to come and…

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Flashback Friday: Cardinals Upset Cougars in ’94 Lion Red Cup Semis

As the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls prepare to take on Waikato – both of whom were gallant losers in week one to the heavyweight Auckland clubs – in the NZRL National Premiership in Hamilton on Sunday, Flashback Friday revisits a high-stakes clash from yesteryear between teams from the regions. The 1994 domestic season in New Zealand…

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Wilson Thrives After Late Ref Call-up

Jason Wilson’s call-up to control his first televised game at AMI Stadium on Sunday was a watershed moment in his refereeing career, but it wasn’t exactly an ideal lead-in for the Canterbury whistle-blower. Auckland-based Jamal Thompson was scheduled to referee the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ clash with Counties Manukau Stingrays with Wilson and Chris Baker the…

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Counties Manukau Hold Off Resurgent Rockcote Canterbury Bulls

Photo Credit: Kevin Clarke – CMG Sports Counties Manukau Stingrays have held off a fast-finishing Rockcote Canterbury Bulls outfit 28-22 in a thrilling NZRL National Premiership opener at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Sunday afternoon. The Stingrays raced out to a 16-point lead in the first half, but the new-look Bulls surged back into contention…

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Bulls Coach Confident In New-look Spine

A quick scan over the Rockcote Canterbury Bulls’ 2016 team list reveals the extent of the changing of the guard that has been forced upon coach Andrew Auimatagi and his provincial squad this year. Among the players that moved elsewhere in 2017 are representative staples Tevin Arona, Phil Nati, Matthew Sauni, Nathan Saumalu, Chris Bamford…

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Bulls Backing Young Players To Step Up

TONY SMITH – The Press Photo Credit: Kevin Clarke – CMG Sports There is more than provincial pride at stake for the Canterbury Bulls rugby league team with New Zealand Residents jerseys and potential semi-professional contracts in sight in the National Provincial Premiership. Five Bulls picked up deals with the Warriors reserve grade team or…

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