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The top try scorers and point scorers

Ories No. 8 Luca Rees celebrating one of his 23 tries for his team in 2018, a joint single season try-scoring record, and one of three loose forwards to top the Wellington single season try scoring charts between 2003-20. The others were Telea Seumanutafa (Tawa) and Dean Brunsdon (Norths). Rees moved to Norths in 2019 and was the leading try scorer in Wellington club rugby that year too, with 18 tries. PHOTO: David Brownlie Photos

With the start of the Wellington Premier club rugby season fast approaching, much anticipation abounds as to which teams will rise to the top and which individual players will set the competition alight with their try-scoring exploits or their dead-eye goal-kicking (or both).

Individual and team success doesn’t always go hand-in-hand. In just five of the past 18 Jubilee Cups has each of the top try scorers (jointly on four ocassions) and top points scorer have come from the season ending champion side. So the adage that a champion team will usually beat a team of champions is backed up using these measures.

A re-cap of the competition’s leading try scorers and point scorers over the seasons since 2003 when Club Rugby website records began. Early bets on who will be the top points scorer and top try scorer in 2021 Wellington club rugby?

Season-by-Season top try scorers (Incorporating Swindale Shield, Jubilee and Hardham Cup players):

Wellington Club Rugby Event Photo Norths v PonekeJubilee Cup Final

Buxton Popoalii scores in the 2010 Jubilee Cup final for Norths over Poneke. He scored 17 tries in the first round and six in the second for 23 for the season. 

Year Player Club Tries scored Team Finishing
2003 Brendan Watt Marist St Pat’s 12 5th in Swindale, Jubilee champions
2004 Tristan Meo and Willie Moala Wests and Petone 15 Wests 9th in Swindale and beaten Hardham semi-finalists;  Petone Swindale Champions and beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2005 Evan Belford Poneke 12 6th in Swindale, beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2006 Julian Tupai Marist St Pat’s 12 6th in Swindale, 7th in the Jubilee Cup
2007 Francis Seumanutafa Northern United 15 Swindale champions, beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2008 Sinoti Sinoti Northern United 17 Swindale champions, Jubilee joint champions
2009 Alapati Leiua Northern United 21 Swindale joint champions, Jubilee runners-up
2010 Buxton Popoalii Northern United 23 Swindale and Jubilee champions
2011 AJ Vaalepu Northern United 13 Swindale champions, Jubilee runners-up
2012 Tupeni Kamakorewa Hutt Old Boys Marist 13 Swindale champions, fifth in the Jubilee Cup
2013 Dean Brunsdon Northern United 17 9th in the Swindale, Hardham Cup champions
2014 Chase Tiatia Hutt Old Boys Marist 17 Seventh in Swindale, Jubilee Cup champions
2015 Telea Seumanutafa and Max Pearson Tawa and Upper Hutt Rams 16 Tawa fourth in Swindale and beaten Jubilee semi-finalists, and UHR 10th in Swindale and Hardham Cup champions
2016 Tuga Mativa and Willie Fine Oriental-Rongotai and Petone 14 Ories 2nd in the Swindale and beaten Jubilee semi-finalists; Petone 10th in the Swindale and beaten Hardham finalists
2017 Michael Sage Poneke 15 9th in the Swindale, 3rd in the Hardham
2018 Luca Rees Oriental-Rongotai 23 Seventh in Swindale, beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2019 Luca Rees Northern United 18 Swindale runners-up, Jubilee champions
2020 Sam Reid and Losi Filipo OBU and Norths 14 OBU 4th in Swindale, Jubilee champions. Norths 3rd in Swindale, Jubilee runners-up
1970 Michael Knight Wellington FC 26 (single season record) 2nd= in the Swindale, 3rd= in the Jubilee


Season-by-Season top points scorers (Incorporating Swindale Shield, Jubilee and Hardham Cup players):

Brandyn Laursen kicks for goal during his record breaking 2013 season with the boot.

Year Player Club Points scored Team finishing
2003 Scott Leighton Wests 236 9th in Swindale, Hardham champions
2004 Sam Rasch Marist St Pat’s 130 3rd in Swindale, 5th in Jubilee
2005 Brad Cooper Poneke 218 6th in Swindale, beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2006 Ben Aoina Upper Hutt 240 10th in Swindale, Hardham champions
2007 Johnny Bentley Hutt Old Boys Marist 166 Fifth in the Swindale, Jubilee champions
2008 Fa’atonu Fili Marist St Pat’s 236 Swindale and Jubilee champions
2009 James So’oialo Northern United 242 Jubilee Cup runners-up
2010 James So’oialo Northern United 282 Jubilee Cup champions
2011 Jason Woodward Upper Hutt 194 Fifth in the Swindale, eighth in the Jubilee

 

2012 Fa’atonu Fili Marist St Pat’s 174 Second in the Swindale, Jubilee champions
2013 Brandyn Laursen Hutt Old Boys Marist 286 (single season record) Third in the Swindale, beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2014 Fa’atonu Fili Marist St Pat’s 209 Swindale champions, beaten Jubilee Cup semi-finalists
2015 James So’oialo Tawa 244 Fourth in the Swindale, beaten Jubilee semi-finalists
2016 Brandyn Laursen Hutt Old Boys Marist 243 11th in the Swindale, Hardham Cup champions
2017 Dale Sabbagh Old Boys University 251 Swindale and Jubilee champions
2018 Dale Sabbagh Old Boys University 185 Swindale runners-up, Jubilee champions
2019 Willie Schutz Marist St Pat’s 201 Ninth in Swindale, Hardham Cup champions
2020 Logan Henry Petone 157 Swindale runners-up, Jubilee semi-finalists

 

Dale Sabbagh – top points scorer in 2017 and 2018.

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